Yehudi Menuhin Seminar and Festival for Chamber Music

Event Date: Thursday, February 1 - 12:00 pm to Sunday, February 4 - 12:00 pm
Location: Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
Menuhin Festival

This special event provides young chamber music ensembles from throughout California the opportunity to participate in master classes and concerts with the Music faculty.


Launched in 2003 to honor the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s association with San Francisco and SF State, this event advances the belief that music has the power to create understanding and transcend differences between people. Directed by Cyrus Ginwala.

The competition process for participating ensembles will begin in January 2018 and conclude during the Yehudi Menuhin Festival (February 1 – 4, 2018). Members of the Alexander String Quartet and Menuhin Seminar/Festival faculty will serve as judges.


  • The Jane Galante First Prize: $1,000
  • The Jane Galante Second Prize: $500
  • The Jane Galante Third Prize: $250


Chamber ensembles, with member average age of 18, with no member over 20, hailing from California, are eligible to apply. Ensembles must have a sponsor, which can be a school music program, youth orchestra, private music studio, or chamber music training program. All members of eligible ensembles must be available for the awarding of the Galante Prize and Prizewinner’s performance at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival on Sunday February 4, 2018.


Submit names, instruments, performing experience, repertoire and audio or video of performance to by January 1, 2018.