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Philharmonic continues scholarship competition for local youth

By Floyd Miller



The Abilene Philharmonic is proud to present our second biennial Young Artist Scholarship Competition. This event was established by the Abilene Philharmonic in 2008 to help support outstanding young musicians in the Abilene area. The competition is open to Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, String, and Piano students between the ages of 12-18 that live in Texas School Regions 14 or 15. Scholarship awards go toward furthering the student’s musical education, including private music lessons, music camps, and university tuition in amounts of $1500 , $1000 , and $750 .“Our first year of this competition was incredibly successful. There was so much instrument variety and young talent. We’ve increased the awards this year thanks to a generous donor and our future plans include growth beyond the Abilene region,” said Leanne Baldwin, Executive Director. “The Philharmonic sees this as a vital vehicle to support the young talent of today in hopes they will join us on stage in the future.” Preliminaries will be held on February 5th and 6th, 2010 at the Williams Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Abilene Christian University. The preliminary round will be recorded and later reviewed by a panel of judges. Finalists will be selected and notified by March 1, 2010. Finals will be held at the Williams Performing Arts Center on April 29th, 2010. Questions regarding the competition should be sent to Ben Wilson, Education Director, at Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010. Winners from the 2008 Competition included: Christina Oaks, Cooper HS, flute, student of Jenny Reece, used award to attend Texas Tech Band/Orchestra Camp and for private piano lessons; Justin Langford, Cooper HS, percussion, student of Rebecca Baggenstoss, used award to attend Abilene Summer Music Festival; Elizabeth Dannheim, ACU, bassoon, student of Steven Ward, used award for ACU tuition.A full list of rules and application information is available at the Abilene Philharmonic Offices at 402 Cypress Street or by calling 677-6710. Applications are also available online at its 59th year, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Abilene’s oldest performing arts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. The Philharmonic provides opportunities for the public to enjoy excellence in symphonic performance by offering musical diversity and innovative educational programs in order to enrich the quality of life in our community. Information concerning the Abilene Philharmonic’s 2009 program and donor opportunities may be found by visiting

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