By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Young musicians in Brevard, who have dreamed of performing in front of a live audience, have until Feb. 3 to make their dreams an actuality.
The fourth annual "Brevard's Got Music Talent" is open to any Brevard resident, between the ages of 10 and 19, who is a music student of any genre or instrument, including vocal performances. Duets or ensembles will not be allowed, but accompaniment is permitted.
Marshall Frank, one of the organizers of the event, said the top 12 musicians who audition will perform at the Henegar Center show on April 14 before a panel of judges.
The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Second-place will receive $500, and third will receive $250.
Mr. Frank said the competition has had a variety of winners through the years, with each displaying a different musical talent.
"The first year, we had a classical saxophonist win. The second year, a concert pianist won, who also received a music scholarship to Michigan," he said. "Last year, an opera singer won. There is a lot of variety."
Even though the competition is open to all types of genres, Mr. Frank said it is unlikely those with more obscure talents will be able to compete against those with classical training.
"If someone plays the wooden spoons, they won't be very competitive," he said. "Usually, we have horn, string and piano players. We have had a few drummers in the past, too. This is not for beginners. They wouldn't really stand much of chance."
To audition, visit www.creativeartsbrevard.org and select "Brevard's Got Music Talent" in the "Events" section of the page.
There is a $15 application fee, and application forms can be downloaded from the page.
After an application, including the $15 fee, has been mailed, applicant must call to schedule an audition.
Organizers said auditions will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall at Pineda, 3115 Friendship Place in Rockledge.
For more information, visit www.creativeartsbrevard.org or call (321) 254-3398.