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STUDENTS CAN STILL ENTER CLASSICAL COMPETITION

Although the deadline was March 22, it is still not too late for students to enter the 11th annual Arts Alive/Vitelco Classical Music Competition.
"If you need more time, just give us a call," organizer Rhoda Tillett wrote in a letter to the territory's music teachers sent out recently. However, she said, work on the printed program is under way, and applications must be received by the end of this week in order for students to be listed.
While most participants enter under the guidance of their school or private music teachers, Tillett noted, the competition is open to any student through 19 years of age who is not a professional musician.
The annual competition awards a total of $5,000 in prize money donated by the V.I. Telephone Corp., with distribution at the discretion of the panel of three judges. Last year, more than a hundred Virgin Islands students took part. Competition is in three categories — piano, vocal and instrumental — and in three skill levels — junior, intermediate and senior. There's a $10 application fee.
Preliminary judging will be held in rounds on April 4 at Island Center on St. Croix and on April 5 in Tillett Gardens on St. Thomas. The judges will select up to 18 performers in each of those rounds to compete in the finals, which alternate between St. Thomas and St. Croix and this year will be held on April 9 beginning at 1 p.m. in Tillett Gardens.
This year's competition will be judged by the three musicians who make up The Gryphon Trio, which will be performing in concert on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix in the following week. They are Jamie Parker, pianist; Annalee Patipatanakoon, violinist; and Roman Borys, cellist.
Competitors may choose their own music to perform, Tillett said, but "the style and approach to the piece must be in a classical manner," and the work must be no more than five minutes in length. Copies of the music must accompany the application and will be presented to the judges. Points in judging will be awarded on the bases of technique, musicianship, stage presence and memorization.
To obtain an entry form and/or further information, contact the Arts Alive office by calling 775-1929, faxing to 775-9482 or e-mailing to tillett@islands.vi.

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Although the deadline was March 22, it is still not too late for students to enter the 11th annual Arts Alive/Vitelco Classical Music Competition.
"If you need more time, just give us a call," organizer Rhoda Tillett wrote in a letter to the territory's music teachers sent out recently. However, she said, work on the printed program is under way, and applications must be received by the end of this week in order for students to be listed.
While most participants enter under the guidance of their school or private music teachers, Tillett noted, the competition is open to any student through 19 years of age who is not a professional musician.
The annual competition awards a total of $5,000 in prize money donated by the V.I. Telephone Corp., with distribution at the discretion of the panel of three judges. Last year, more than a hundred Virgin Islands students took part. Competition is in three categories -- piano, vocal and instrumental -- and in three skill levels -- junior, intermediate and senior. There's a $10 application fee.
Preliminary judging will be held in rounds on April 4 at Island Center on St. Croix and on April 5 in Tillett Gardens on St. Thomas. The judges will select up to 18 performers in each of those rounds to compete in the finals, which alternate between St. Thomas and St. Croix and this year will be held on April 9 beginning at 1 p.m. in Tillett Gardens.
This year's competition will be judged by the three musicians who make up The Gryphon Trio, which will be performing in concert on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix in the following week. They are Jamie Parker, pianist; Annalee Patipatanakoon, violinist; and Roman Borys, cellist.
Competitors may choose their own music to perform, Tillett said, but "the style and approach to the piece must be in a classical manner," and the work must be no more than five minutes in length. Copies of the music must accompany the application and will be presented to the judges. Points in judging will be awarded on the bases of technique, musicianship, stage presence and memorization.
To obtain an entry form and/or further information, contact the Arts Alive office by calling 775-1929, faxing to 775-9482 or e-mailing to tillett@islands.vi.