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Bay Music Foundation Schedules Competition

Foundation adds new events and programs

December 12, 2003       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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The Bay Music Foundation will continue a 50 year tradition by holding its annual music scholarship competition on January 24, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City.

New Programs:This year the Foundation introduced a new educational program to compliment the scholarship competition. Two workshops were held on October 26 including "Hand Jive - Feeling the Beat", a workshop on the elements of rhythm given by Dr. Scott Harding from CMU's music department and Eddy Garcia a professional Latin percussionist, and "How Not to Fall Off the Stage", a workshop on performance techniques presented by Leeds Bird veteran director, actor and retired drama teacher.

On November 26th the Foundation presented a "Master Class" designed to help students work through performance issues relevant to their own study of instrumental music. Experienced music teachers were available to address questions and challenges that may not fit into a regular hectic class schedule. Instructors worked with students and advised them on playing and performance techniques that can make a big difference in a final competition result.

The 2004 Scholarship Competition has been scheduled for January 24th, 2004 at First Presbyterian Church. Applications are being accepted through Mid-January but students are advised to apply as soon as possible. (Application form and contact information are availableon the web at

The Competition is open to all Bay County Intermediate and High School students. Judging is provided by qualified professional musicians and teachers.

Students compete in one of three divisions:
  • Intermediate: grades 7-8
  • Senior: grades 9-12
  • Advanded: winners from previous year senior level

    Within each division, scholarships are given in four areas:
  • Piano
  • Instrumental (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion)
  • Voice
  • Musical Theater

    Winner's Showcase: Each year the winners from the previous year's competition are invited back to perform in a public recital. Formerly known as the "Thank You Recital", the event has been renamed the "Winner's Showcase". The recital is open to the public and there is no charge. The recital will be presented at 2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday January 25th, 2004.

    The purpose of the Bay Music Foundation is to promote and advanced music education and to recognize the many talented young musicians in our community. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by a voluntary board of directors with the help of other volunteers. Scholarships and expenses are funded by contributions from the community. The foundation also benefits from an endowment fund which is administered by the Bay Area Community Foundation.

    For more information visit the Foundation's web site at You may also E-Mail the foundation for information.

    Links to Bay Music Foundation Stories

    2017 Competition
    2016 Competition
    2015 Competition
    2014 Competition
    2013 Competition
    2012 Competition
    2011 Competition
    2011 Celebration of the Arts
    2011 Competition
    2010 Celebration of the Arts
    2010 Competition

    2009 Celebration of the Arts
    2009 Competition
    2008 Competition
    2007 Competition
    2006 Bay Concert Assn. Donation
    2006 Competition
    2004 Competition Announcement
    2003 Competition
    2003 Competition Announcement

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    Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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