FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mark Vance, Education Coordinator
(530) 265-6173 x202
Music in the Mountains Young Musicians Competition
Changing Tune a Little
March 15, 2014, Nevada City CA–Music in the Mountains (MIM) invites students grades 3-12 to try their musical skills in this year’s Young Musicians Competition to be held May 3 at Peace Lutheran Church. An annual tradition among classical music students, this year’s competition aims to reach out to a broader audience of music students with some exciting changes.
As in past years, students still have the opportunity to study, memorize and perform classical repertoire for professional teachers and judges. But for the first time in the history of the competition, repertoire requirements have been expanded to include musical theater/Broadway and jazz as well as classical literature for all solo and ensemble divisions.
“MIM held several meetings with local music teachers to get their feedback on ways to encourage more students to participate, and the consensus was that including jazz and Broadway would be a great step,” said Cristine Kelly, MIM Executive Director. “We’ve also made a couple of other changes we hope might make it easier and more fun for kids to engage.”
The competition, traditionally taking place over two weekends, has been condensed to one day of competition. Participants can compete in both solo and ensemble divisions. Adjudicators provide detailed written critiques for every participant, and everyone will receive a certificate of participation. And while some prize money has been reduced, MIM has also lowered registration fees.
In another new development, winners will also perform at the Nevada Theater on Thursday, May 22 during MIM’s spring concert series, with Nevada County Youth Orchestra opening the concert.
The application deadline is April . For more information and to download an application, please visit the Young Musicians Competition page at www.musicinthemountains.org. Questions? Call the MIM office at (530) 265-6173.