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TREASURE COAST -- Music students in the four-county area, northern Palm Beach and south Brevard counties are invited to audition for public radio station WQCS / 88.9 FM's Young Musicians Spotlight, a one-hour radio special featuring the talent of area musicians.
The auditions will be March 9 and March 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the WQCS Studios on the Main Campus of Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Ave., in Fort Pierce.
The auditions are the first step to an on-air performance on the station's locally-produced program.
WQCS's Floridays host Janie Gould will coordinate the auditions.
Students under 21 can sign up for an audition time on either Saturday. The students can perform on piano, violin, marimbas, cello, harp, vocals and more. Each performer is allocated a 10-minute audition time, presenting a classical, jazz or Broadway music selection less than four minutes in length. Each audition will be recorded by WQCS.
Solo performances or ensembles of five or less are accepted for a studio audition. Larger groups must provide a professionally-recorded compact disc to be considered.
Any audition needing an accompanist must be provided by the music student. A piano is available in the WQCS studios. Recorded accompaniment is not allowed.
A completed program application requests personal information, the name of the composer and the music selection, and other general information about awards received in music and other school and performance recognition. This information will be used for possible interviews, depending upon how many students are selected for the one-hour special.
Students are asked to register for an audition time by completing an online form on the WQCS home page at www.wqcs.org and emailing the completed form to Janie Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also bring a copy of the form to the scheduled audition.
Past performers who have appeared on Young Musicians Spotlight have gone on to study at Interlochen School of Music, Duke University, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard School of Music and other college and conservatory programs.
The WQCS broadcast date of the one-hour special will be 2 p.m. May 20, and 8 p.m. May 27 on the main channel and HD1, and at 1 p.m. on May 26 on HD2.
The HD channels are available at www.wqcs.org.