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Performing arts scholarship competition announced

Three area organizations have joined together to offer local high school students an opportunity to compete for performing arts scholarships worth $1,000.

The Thomasville Performing Arts Competition & Scholarship is jointly sponsored by the Thomasville Center for the Arts, Thomasville Entertainment Foundation and Thomas University. The competition is open to vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists who live in or attend high school in Thomas County.

“This competition is designed to elevate young musicians and vocalists and provide them with the monetary support and encouragement to take their performance education to the next level,” said Karl Barton, head of TU’s music department.

Winners must be accepted into a regionally or nationally recognized summer music program or enroll in two or more music classes during their first year in college. The scholarship must be used to further the student’s education in his or her field of competition.

To enter, students must submit a completed application by Monday, Feb. 8. The application includes a YouTube video audition, two recommendation letters and a $25 application fee.

A panel of professional musicians will select finalists from submitted videos. These students will be notified via email on Friday, Feb. 19.

In conjunction with National Youth Arts Month, finalists will perform before a live audience on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

Up to three $1,000 scholarships and/or consolation prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the show. Individuals may only win one scholarship. Students who have already been awarded full program costs are not eligible.

The application form and competition requirements are available online at

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