CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Arts Council invites young local music students to audition for the opportunity to perform in their annual Honors Recital. This year’s auditions will take place March 18, beginning at 1 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth St.
Each student will receive written comments from guest judges. Students who qualify through the audition process will be asked to perform in the Honors Recital, which will be held at 2 p.m. May 6, also at Wesley United Methodist.
Audition guidelines and the entrance application can be viewed and downloaded at the Arts Council website, www.colescountyartscouncil.org. There is a $20 entry fee, and applications must be received by Monday March 12.
The top three participants in grades six through 12 will be chosen as scholarship winners. Scholarship funds allotted will be applied to music camp fees at Eastern Illinois University in the areas of Band, Jazz Ensembles, Choral Ensemble, String Ensemble or Keyboard Studies. With committee approval an equivalent amount may be applied towards a similar camp at any college or university in Illinois.
The arts council encourages teachers and parents of young musicians to visit the website and apply to audition. The recital will be a unique opportunity for students, families, and music instructors to meet and find out what others are accomplishing in the world of music in Coles County.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Halbe, CCAC music chairwoman, at 217-460-2800.