AUGUSTA – The Maine Alliance for Arts Education announces an opportunity for talented Maine high school and early college music students.

The National Symphony and the Kennedy Center Education Department in Washington, D.C., with whom the alliance is affiliated, have selected Maine as one of the states to send a music student to the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute from July 1 to 26.

The student will receive a full scholarship, all expenses paid, for air fare and the institute, which includes private lessons, chamber music coaching, performance opportunities in the D.C. area, master classes and seminars, all with members of the orchestra.

The institute also provides enrichment activities unique to the nation’s Capitol, such as museum tours, sightseeing, Fourth of July celebration at the Capitol and concert attendance.

Student performers must submit audiotapes for review by the audition committee. Teachers are encouraged to assist the students in preparation for the auditions.

Applications are available by request from the alliance at [email protected] or 667-7707. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 27. All talented orchestral music students are encouraged to apply.

Minority orchestral performers (African-American, Latino, Hispanic, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders) can apply directly to the Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra Young Artists of Color Initiative for a scholarship to the institute. Deadline is March 15, and applications materials can be requested by contacting the alliance.

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