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Date: Saturday April 09, 2022

The Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (SPSQC) is exclusively for String Quartets (ensembles comprising 2 violins, viola, and cello). The SPSQC Junior Category is open to U.S. and non-U.S. residents provided the age of each musician in the quartet is not more than 19 years on April 09, 2022, and the person is not enrolled in a college degree program.

  • No individual may enter/compete in more than one ensemble.​

  • Quartets invited to perform in the Final Rounds must retain original membership and perform the repertoire submitted in the application.​

  • Competing Quartets may include ONE (1) individual who has previously won a Gold Medal. Previous winners of the Silver and Bronze medals are ALL eligible to compete.

 For complete rules and regulations visit the website.


There are 3 distinct rounds of competition: Preliminary Round, Haydn & BIPOC or Female Composer Round, Final Round. Applications for the Preliminary Round must be completed by 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 01, 2022.

The SPSQC requires applicants to prepare and upload 3 movements from the string quartet repertoire for the Preliminary Round: One movement from any of Joseph Haydn's string quartets, One movement from the Romantic/Nationalist era, and One movement from the 20th or 21st Century. (SEE REPERTOIRE SELECTIONS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS).
An additional piece by a BIPOC or Female Composer 
(Carlos Oliver Simon Jr. An Elegy: A Cry From The Grave) will be required to compete in the Finals. Digital sheet music will be sent to each finalist group. 

PRELIMINARY ROUND (Revised 11/27/21)

Applicants must upload the following to Acceptd by Tuesday, March 01, 2022:

1. Proof of date of birth for each quartet member.
2. A recent high quality photo (Color or BxW).
3. Application fee of $160 per quartet.
4. The following unedited videos:​

​Video 1: One Joseph Haydn string quartet movement.
Video 2: One Romantic/Nationalist string quartet movement,
    OR one movement from Beethoven quartets Op.59, Op.74, or Op.95.
    OR one movement from Schubert quartets Quartetsatz (D.703), A minor (D.804), D minor (D.810),
           or G major (D.887).
Video 3: One Modern/Contemporary string quartet movement. 

* Questions about Repertoire? Contact Artistic Administrator.

*Any questions about repertoire should be directed to the Artistic Administrator.

Please note: only one member of the Quartet is required to register with Acceptd and submit materials on behalf of their quartet. 

Complete your group submission by paying the $150.00 application fee by credit card.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 01, 2022.

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