Encouraging Young Musicians

The Society of American Musicians was founded in 1914 with the intent of promoting the best interests of music in America, and maintaining the highest standards of musicianship. Through the competition, its awards, and performance opportunities, the Society offers assistance and encouragement to young musicians and promising artists.

The Society of American Musicians hosts an annual competition for a wide range of instruments: cello, guitar, flute, piano, viola, and violin each spring in Chicago.

Instrumentalists who currently reside in the United States, are eligible to participate in the competition.

Please click here to download an application: 2016 Competition Brochure & Application

-Every participant at the intermediate and senior levels of the SAM competition receives a $200 scholarship to the chamber music program (Piano Trio, String Quartet, Duo Piano and Jazz Combos) of the Music Institute of Chicago. Scholarships are applicable only for the first-time registrants to the chamber music program.

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support for the 2016 Competition:



2016 Collegiate Competition for Guitar

The Society of American Musicians cordially invites young artists currently residing in the United States, under the age of 24, to participate in the 2016 Collegiate Competition.

For more details, please download the 2016 Collegiate Competition Brochure & Application.