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The Lincoln Municipal Band is pleased to announce the 20th annual John Shildneck Young Artist Competition. The competition is open to musicians, middle school age and older, who have not reached their 22nd birthday on or before July 7, 2013, and perform on woodwind, brass, percussion or string instruments, as well as vocalists.
Those auditioning must be residents of Nebraska or currently studying with a Nebraska teacher.
The Lincoln Municipal Band was formed in 1907 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. Since 1911, the Lincoln Municipal Band has presented an annual series of Sunday evening summer concerts during July and August in Lincoln's Antelope Park. These concerts are the most popular events of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation summer performance series and attract regular crowds of over 1,500 citizens from Lincoln and its surrounding communities. The typical audience includes individuals, couples, families, and senior citizens.
For the preliminary round, competitors must submit a recorded audition of the piece they wish to play with the band on CD, along with a completed application form and $5.00 non-refundable fee. The solo must be available with band accompaniment. Applications and recordings must be postmarked by Monday, April 1, 2013, and finalists will be notified by Monday, April 15, 2013. Finalists will be invited to a live audition on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.
The winner will receive a $400 prize, the opportunity to perform with the Lincoln Municipal Band at the first summer concert on July 7, 2013 at the John Shildneck Memorial Bandshell at Antelope Park, and recognition in the program. The runner-up will receive a $100 prize and recognition in the program.