Their recent announcement states:
The HAMS Competition draws top string talent ages 16 through 26 from around the world. Glimpse tomorrow’s musical stars in Chicago’s own DePaul Concert Hall. In an innovative twist from the traditional format, winners of the HAMS Competition win the use of a superb contemporary Dutch string instrument, concert appearances, and the opportunity to record. This year, a newly commissioned viola piece by Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, composed especially for the HAMS Competition will have its premiere.
Former HAMS Competition prize winners are now playing solo concerts all over the world, and occupy titled orchestra positions such as asst. principal cello in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, principal viola in the Toronto Symphony and principal cello in the Seattle Symphony.
Admission is free, and a reception will follow. Visit http://www.hamscompetition.com for more information.
2006 HAMS Semifinalists:
Eric Nowlin, NYC
Silu Fei , Los Angeles
Victor de Almeida, Indianapolis
Melissa Reardon, NYC
Philip Kramp, Philadelphia
Jonathan Vinocour, NYC
Mark Holloway, NYC
Holland-America Music Society
PO Box 81109
Chicago IL 60681