Young Musicians hold Showcase Concert Sunday |

Young Musicians hold Showcase Concert Sunday

The 16th annual youth competition features a showcase concert of finalists and winners Sunday. The public is encouraged to attend this free concert and bring their families. The only catch, get there early. Last year’s concert was so popular it was standing room only.

“The Showcase Concert was new last year and such a wonderful addition that we’re doing it again, free to the community,” says Joan Goddard, co-chair with Gail Fox for the Young Musicians’ Competition.

This competition is especially inspiring, considering that past finalists and winners have gone on to perform as soloists and with musical groups in New York and around the world.

“We want to reward the study and excellence of these young artists in our community,” says Paul Perry, Music in the Mountains artistic director and conductor. “Our goal is to motivate and recognize young musicians.”

The Young Musician’s Competition is a communitywide program. Music students from grades 2 through 12 compete in several categories, from soloist in piano, violin, cello, oboe, bassoon, and harp to instrumental ensembles.

“Over 37 individual students are competing and nine ensembles involving 40 musicians,” said Goddard. They perform the works of the masters, such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn, over three days in front of judges from Sacramento to Pacific Grove. “They are all very impressed with the competition we hold in Nevada County,” she said. Winners receive cash prizes awarded by Music in the Mountains, which are funded by community, businesses and individual contributors.

The Jean Brooke Dunning Award will also be presented to the most outstanding performance of the Young Musicians’ Competition based on the judges’ evaluation of technical prowess, musicality, and sensitivity to the musical style of the literature. This award honors Dunning, chair for the Young Musicians’ Competition for many years. She served on the board of directors at Music in the Mountains, and was a performer/teacher throughout her life both as a pianist and as a vocalist. The award was established in 2004 by Jean’s husband, family, and many friends.

Come early, says Goddard, as this is a popular concert.

– The Union staff

What: Young Musicians’ Competition Showcase Concert

When: Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley

Admission: Free

Information: Call Music in the Mountains, 265-6173 or 800-218-2188; on the Web at http://www.musicinthe – for concert information and for how to apply for the Young Musicians’ Competition.

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