The Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI), Crossroad School’s elite pre-professional orchestral and chamber music program, is holding a competition for prospective music students on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Crossroads’ 21st Street Campus in Santa Monica. Appropriate candidates for the competition are advanced violinists, violists and cellists who are currently in grades 8-11 and who practice and perform high-level solo and orchestral repertoire.

Merit scholarships of first prize ($15,000), second prize ($10,000) and third prize ($5,000) will be awarded to the winners who apply for admission and are accepted to Crossroads. Winners who are not accepted for admission to Crossroads will not receive merit scholarships.

“Crossroads has a rich history of commitment to classical music education, and we are thrilled to provide this incredible opportunity for highly gifted music students who are interested in attending our amazing School,” says Grace Park, director of K-12 strings and director of EMMI. “These students potentially have the chance to build on the legacy of Crossroads’ music program, which has produced numerous professional classical music performers and composers.”

Participants in the Dec. 2 competition will perform one or more solo pieces of their choice (with or without an accompanist) to demonstrate both fast, technical playing as well as slow, lyrical playing. A movement or movements of a sonata or concerto will be accepted.

Registration for the competition is available online here.

Any questions about the competition may be sent via email to Emily Doerner, assistant director of secondary admissions, at

Submitted by Sara Ring, Director of Communications

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