Young Performers Showcase returns in February
By Joseph Knoop
Music students and performers in the Indianapolis area can look forward to another opportunity for recognition next month at the Young Performers Showcase, hosted at Piano Solutions at 575 W. Carmel Dr.
The showcase began in 1998 as a way for young musicians to gain experience playing in front of a crowd and encourage participation in the arts. More than 140 performers were featured at the 2015 showcase.
Applications are being accepted through Feb. 4 for the piano/instrumental division, which is scheduled to perform Feb. 13 and 14. This is the only division in the competition this year.
Event organizer and Carmel Arts Council Secretary Susan Anderson believes the event serves as an important stepping stone for young performers in their journey toward a more realized involvement of music in their lives.
“We hear from teenagers and college students who say ‘oh, yes, I remember when I was in that competition,’ and we also have a children’s art gallery, and we get the same result,” Anderson said.
Scholarship awards are given to multiple winners in the competitive division, open only to graduating seniors with parents or legal guardians residing in the Carmel area. The first-place winner will be awarded $2,500, and second place will receive $1,500.
Applications can either be filled out online at carmelartscouncil.org or picked up at the SoHo Cafe & Gallery at 620 Range Line Rd. in Monon Square. All applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than Feb. 4 to the Carmel Arts Council at 622 S. Range Line Road, Suite P, Carmel, IN 46032.
Registration is $20 per student, plus an additional $10 fee for solo performance or $7 fee for a duet performance. For more, visit to carmelartscouncil.org, or call Susan Anderson at 446-0094.