Bach to Beethoven

Musical talent is alive and ringing this season at the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Aiming to promote, encourage, and nurture young Tri-State musical talent, the Musicians Club of Evansville and Margaret B. & Leo Heim Memorial Scholarship Fund sponsor a solo competition for eligible students in grades six through 12. Limited to a 100-mile radius of Evansville, the Jan. 27 performance takes place at the Victory Theatre Downtown.

A grand, second, and third prize are awarded by a panel of professional regional musicians, with the grand prize winner receiving a solo appearance with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. “These are complicated pieces that the kids pour their hearts and souls into,” says Summer Bennett, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra director of education. “It’s quite inspiring to see.” Other prizes are awarded to further music studies from music school academies to instruments and private lessons.

The competition is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to apply by Jan. 22 online at or by requesting an application through Bennett.

For more information on the Young Artist Competition, see our Guide.

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