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Young musicians take a bow: Concert highlights competition winners

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What does it take to win the Music in the Mountains Young Musicians Competition? Practice, practice, practice.

This weekend, 45 finalists of the popular competition vie for top honors and a chance to take center stage 2 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church. These talented students are sure to astonish and delight audiences with their musicianship, dedication and commitment.

The Young Musicians Competition first took place in 1987. It provides the opportunity for Nevada, Placer, Sutter and Yuba county music students, grades three to 12, to study, memorize and perform classical repertoire for professional teachers and judges. Students can participate in solo as well as ensemble divisions.

All participating students receive detailed written critiques from the adjudicators. The winning performances are highlighted in a showcase concert.

Each year, MIM awards more than $6,000 in cash prizes to the winners, and the Best Student Performance winner of the evening will receive a scholarship toward continuing music studies.

"This program is not just for the best students. It is an opportunity for every student, helping motivate them to practice and to do something they will always remember.

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At MIM, we want this to be a positive experience for all students," said Mark Vance, MIM's education coordinator.

"It's inspiring to see Nevada County's finest student musicians perform at such high levels. This demonstrates the quality of Nevada County's exceptional music teachers."

The concert is free to the public.

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