SAM | Society of American Musicians

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: 2014 Competition Brochure & Application

Past Winners

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support for the 2014 Competition:

The Society of American Musicians and the Music in the Loft proudly present the 2014 Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition

Music in the Loft is dedicated to advancing the professional careers of today's finest young musicians by providing a venue for the performance of chamber music in an intimate and acoustically superior setting. Our Composer-in-Residence program, Classics for Kids series, and Young Award Winners' Concerts support this goal, by bringing chamber music to audiences of all ages and diverse levels of musical experience.

Chamber ensembles consisting of three or more musicians with members between the ages of 10-18 (grade 12 and under) are cordially invited to participate for a chance to win a first-prize package consisting of a $1,200 award, a live broadcast from WFMT 98.7 radio, and performance at the 2014 SAM Winner's Concert.

For more details, please download the 2014 Chamber Music Competition Brochure & Application

2014 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 2014 Collegiate Competition.

For more details, please download the 2014 Collegiate Competition Brochure & Application.

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