By ETHAN SHECKLER
WARSAW — Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and Symphony of the Lakes will hold its Second Annual Young Artist Competition at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at Warsaw Performing Arts Center.
The competition will be open to students currently in grades 9-12 who play strings (including guitar and harp), woodwinds, brass, percussion and piano. Students must meet specific eligibility requirements to participate.
The three winning musicians will receive scholarship money, and the first place winner will perform with Symphony of the Lakes in its April 30 concert, “Around the World.”
In order to participate, students must be residents in one of the following counties: Adams, Allen, Elkhart, DeKalb, Fulton, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, or Whitley. Entrants must also participate in musical activities in school or have a private instructor who lives or works in the counties listed.
According to Thomas Stirling, musical director and conductor at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, this unique opportunity is timed perfectly for those students who are currently gearing up for the Indiana State School Music Association solo contest, and those who are preparing for college-level music school auditions and scholarship opportunities. “Plus, this is a great way to boost a student’s college resume,” Stirling said.
“Our organization recognizes that the northern Indiana community is blessed with so many wonderful young musicians that we wanted to offer students an intriguing event — to compete and also have the opportunity to perform with The Symphony of the Lakes,” Stirling said. “(Symphony of the Lakes) musicians come from all over northern Indiana, so it’s important to us that we give students in our region this special opportunity.”
The event is open to the public and admission is free. Attendees can expect to see excellent local and regional student musicians perform and display their skill.