Applications for The Farmington Musicale Awards for Musical Excellence competition are being distributed this month to the music departments in all Farmington-area middle and high schools.
The contest, which offers cash awards, is open to students who attend Farmington public or private schools, and to those who live in Farmington or Farmington Hills, but attend school elsewhere. Application forms are also available at FarmingtonMusicale.com.
Founded in 1965, the Farmington Musicale's initial purpose was to promote classical, American and other quality music within the Farmington community. Three years later, funds were raised for the Musicale's first scholarship competition. In 2012, judges awarded a total of $2,250 to 1st and 2nd prize winners. In addition to 16 awards, including a special piano award, eight other students were recognized by the judges, with an honorable mention.
The Farmington Musicale offers from nine to 12 music programs free to the community each year, performed at the Farmington Community Library, local churches or the Costick Center. Additionally, the group offers outreach programs and continues its annual fundraiser to support the Awards for Musical Excellence student musicians competition.
This year's awards competition will be held on March 2, at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, in the following categories: Piano, grades 7-8, 9-10, 11-12; Instrumental, grades 7-8, 9-10, 11-12; Vocal, grades 10-12. Cash awards may be given in each age division.
First place winners will perform their winning solos in recital at 3 p.m. on March 17 at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills. All awards will be presented at the recital, which is open to all free of charge.
Applications must completed and returned by Feb. 13.
Source: Farmington Musicale press release