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 each spring for a wide range of instruments: cello, guitar, flute, piano, viola, and violin.

Instrumentalists, who currently reside in the United States, are eligible to participate in the competition. For more details, please download the 2016 Competition Brochure & Application.

-Each contestant participating in the intermediate and senior competition will receive a $200 scholarship to the Music Institute of Chicago’s Chamber Music ProgramScholarships are applicable only for the first-time registrants.

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




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.