Young artists in tune with their musical talents

London High School junior Noah Brown (left) will make his first appearance in the annual Young Artist Showcase. He will play tenor saxophone. Senior Tori Bennett, a repeat performer, will play marimba.

(Posted Jan. 15, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Budding musicians from across the county are ready to strut their stuff at the Madison County Arts Council’s annual Young Artist Showcase.

At 3 p.m. Jan. 26, 15 or so acts will take turns in the spotlight at First United Methodist Church of London, 52 N. Main St.

The performers include vocalists, pianists, a saxophonist and a percussionist. They hail from the Jonathan Alder, London, Shekinah and West Jefferson school districts and represent all grade levels, from elementary through high school.

“The Young Artist Showcase is an opportunity for kids to perform in the community and see kids from other schools,” said Valerie Peart, Arts Council treasurer. “Also, the high school kids are getting ready for Solo & Ensemble Contest, so this is another chance for them to play their pieces in front of an audience.”

Admission to the showcase is free. Donations will be accepted for the Arts Council’s scholarship fund. Last year, the organization gave five $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from around the county.

“Anyone going to college who has an arts background or interest in the arts can apply,” Peart said.

The Arts Council distributes information about the scholarship to guidance counselors and students at Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains, Shekinah and West Jefferson high schools, as well as Tolles Career and Technical Center.

The application is available for download on the Arts Council’s home page at Applicants are asked to list the fine arts activities, visual and/or musical, in which they have been involved in school and in the community. They also are asked to outline their college plans and write a 250- to 300-word essay about what the fine arts have meant to them. Applications must be turned in to school guidance counselors by the last day of school in March.

The Madison County Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering education and providing entertainment through the sponsorship and presentation of the performing and visual arts.

The organization recently confirmed its selection of “Cinderella” as this year’s summer musical. The show will be performed at London High School the last full weekend in July. Audition information will be announced soon on the Arts Council’s website and Facebook page.

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