CALLING YOUNG PERFORMERS WITH A GIFT FOR MUSIC
Applications Now Due for
The Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Competition
Calling all young people with a gift for music who live or go to school on Nassau County’s North Shore. Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Would you like to perform before a panel of judges for prize money or for a chance to perform this summer at a special concert in Glen Cove’s Morgan Memorial Park?
Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is gearing up for the 43rd Annual Young Performers Talent Competition. Auditions, which will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, are at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Glen Cove. This year’s competition is open to talented vocalists or instrumentalists between the ages of 9 and 19. Three prizes will be awarded: First Prize (Age 15-19), $1,000; Second Prize (Age 15-19), $500 and Junior Prize (Age 9-14), $500. Winners must be available to perform in Morgan Memorial Park on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 pm and will receive their prizes at the conclusion of the concert. Selected contestants may also be invited to perform at the July 12 concert. At the April 25 auditions, applicants are asked to perform two pieces in contrasting styles and are expected to bring their own live or recorded accompaniment. A piano will be available for use by contestants.
The Young Performers Competition is a wonderful opportunity for young people who are interested in pursuing a career in music to perform before a paneled jury and/or on stage before a large audience. Past winners of the competition include actress/singer Nikki Blonsky who starred in “Hairspray” with John Travolta, Locust Valley resident Alexis Kende, who along with her two sisters performed for Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and many others who went on to have distinguished careers as music educators, composers and performers.
Sunday, April 12 is the deadline for the receipt of applications to audition on April 25. To download an application, visit http://www.morganparkmusic.org/youngperformers.php.
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