Student contests and opportunities

Pinto scholarship available

The Desert Community Orchestra Association will once again administer the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship for students pursuing continued education in instrumental or vocal music.

Dr. Pinto was a pediatrician at Drummond Medical Group for many years, as well as a longtime member and supporter of the orchestra. To be eligible, applicants must be high school graduates (including the class of 2019) younger than age 22.

The selection process consists of completion of an application, an audition and an interview. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Feb. 20. Auditions and interviews will be held Monday, March 4, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church from 5-7:30 p.m.

Applications are available from the Burroughs High School Band, Orchestra, Choir and Scholarship Office; the Cerro Coso Financial Aid Office; the Mesquite High School Office and the Immanuel Christian School Office, or through High Desert Music Teachers Association members.

For more information call Fran Rogers at 760-608-1164.

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Young Artist competition opens

The Desert Community Orchestra Association is launching its annual Young Artist competition, giving local student musicians an opportunity to perform as guest soloists during the orchestra’s spring concert on May 4.

Vocal and instrumental musicians age 22 and younger are invited to submit applications by Feb. 8. Auditions will be held Feb. 23 in the morning.

Musicians should select significant works by recognized composers than can be performed with the orchestra.

Instrumentalists should choose music in concerto form and vocalists should choose works from a major choral or operatic work.

For applications and information call Penny Belt at 760-375-6928.

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Lions announce speaker contest

The Ridgecrest Lions Club announced “Freedom of the Press — What Does it Mean?” as the theme of this year’s student speaker contest.

The local competition will be held Feb. 5, and is limited to six participants. Students should prepare a 10-minute speech (5 minutes, minimum) for the first leg of the contest. Students grade 9-12 from any public, private or home school are eligible.

The local winner will have an opportunity to progress through zone, region, district, area and final competitions. The Lions will award more than $100,000 in scholarships to California winners.

For more information contact Steven Morgan at 760-977-2600 or steven.morgan@mediacombb. net.

Story First Published: 2019-01-18