By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Twelve phenomenal music students will take to the stage next weekend, showcasing their talents in a one-of-a-kind competition.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc. will host the "Brevard's Got Music Talent" at 4 p.m. at the Henegar Center in Historic Downtown Melbourne.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the Henegar Center or on the venue's website.
Founded in 2007, the Creative Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization, committed to providing assistance and support to creative artists of Brevard County, with exceptional talents in the music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts fields.
This is the fifth year the CAFOB will be hosting "Brevard's Got Music Talent."
"This show is a competition, based similarly to 'America's Got Talent,' where many youngsters are auditioned and only the top 12 become finalists, competing for cash prizes at the Henegar Center," said Marshall Frank, founder and president of the CAFOB.
Competing in this year's "Brevard's Got Music Talent" is Tomas Lopez, 16, a violinist; Ellie Richter, 13, a pianist; Charlotte Goodman, 18, a vocalist; Andrew Leonard, 13, a pianist; Rachel Ho, 16, on viola and violin; Daniel Grest, 15, a vocalist; Megan Hazlett, 16, a vocalist and pianist; Aleyna Brown, 17, on flute; Bethany Hargis, 15, on piano; Adeline Morgan, 17, a vocalist; and Henry Goodman, 17, on violin.
"The program purpose is two-fold," Mr. Frank said. "One -- a fundraiser for the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard and two -- to give young, advanced musicians a stage to perform on and earn prizes to help with music ambitions."
First prize will be awarded $1,000, while second prize will be awarded $500. The third-place winner will receive $250 and fourth-place will receive $125.
Placement will be determined by an all-star panel of three music teachers: Dr. Robert Lamb, maestro Richard Sabino and violinist Amy Jevitt.
"This show will also have a special appearance of last year's winner at the conclusion, pianist Elizabeth Hargis," Mr. Frank added.
After hosting auditions in November and December, Mr. Frank is very excited to present February's show.
"This is our fifth year hosting this show, and we are looking forward to enjoying exceptional talent among kids in the 13- to 18-year-old bracket," he said. "One finalist is qualified, performing on two instruments -- violin and viola."
With seven girls and four boys -- all of whom are surely on their way to musical success -- "Brevard's Got Music Talent" is sure to be an excellent event for all to attend.
"People who appreciate exceptional musical talent love this show every year," Mr. Frank said. "These youngsters are the best of the best, and the show will be emceed by yours truly."
The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc., will host the "Brevard's Got Music Talent" competition on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Henegar Center in downtown Melbourne.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the Henegar Center or online at www.henegar.org.
For more information about the CAFOB, visit www.CAFOB.org.