Fischoff music competition kicks off Friday

Musicians from all around the world came together Friday right here in South Bend to take part in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

It's the 40th anniversary of the event and is being held in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame all weekend.

The competition splits the young artists into three divisions -- juniors, senior strings and senior winds.

The quarter-final and semi-final rounds were held Friday and will continue tomorrow.

We spoke with one artist who's been playing the violin since she was three years old.

She says this competition is really cool because you get to meet people from all around the globe. She'd encourage anyone and everyone to play an instrument.

“I started violin when I was three years old,” described Genevieve Smelser who participated in the event. “Both of my parents are teachers so it was kind of inevitable that I would start and I think it is really important for kids to get some sort of music in their life. It really helps make friends, just learn so many new things and I think it is important for anyone to start and it’s never too early to start and never too late to start so start now.”

The final round of the competition will be held Sunday afternoon.

The competition is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for the grand prize concert.

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