Young talent showcased

Recital features kids 18 and younger


— Young musicians will take center stage at the Depot this weekend.

About a dozen local youngsters are polishing their pieces for a one-of-a-kind event on Sunday. The Young Artists of Steamboat Springs Excellence in Musicianship Recital features an afternoon of fresh musical talent.

Music teachers coordinated the recital to give their students an opportunity to show off their skills for family, friends, peers and strangers.

Opportunities for children and teen-agers to play before an audience are few, string teacher Teresa Steffen said. The recital will highlight musicians 18 and younger.

More than 30 instrumentalists auditioned last Saturday for the chance to play in the recital. A panel of six music teachers and musicians chose a select group to perform.

Selecting the best of the best was tough, flautist and music teacher Mary Beth Norris said.

"It was a difficult chore but a delightful one to hear them play," she said.

Children of all ability levels were invited to audition. They could play any instrument and any piece, so long as the music did not exceed 10 minutes.

Those who attend Sunday's recital can expect to hear a variety of musical compositions and instruments, including strings, woodwinds and piano. Vocalists were not included in the audition.

Steffen was pleased with the number of students who tried out for the recital and hopes to see future avenues for talented young artists to showcase their musical prowess.

The recital is intended to expose youngsters to a competitive audition process. Students who want to continue their musical studies after high school will find the experience helpful if they aim to try out for future ensembles and competitions, Norris said.

"It creates an opportunity to raise the bar," Norris said.

It also gives a growing number of local music educators and their students a chance to meet each other.

"This is a great way for us to get together," Norris said.


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