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January 04, 2007

Applications now available for the Gavilan College Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition

WHO: Piano students from 8-18 years old are invites to participate. Division One will be open for students who are 8 - 10 years old. Division Two will be open for students who are 11-13 years old and Division Three for 14-18 years old. The Competition is open to all piano students in these age groups.

WHAT: This is the second year the Gavilan College Music Department will host a Youth Piano Competition. The competition will have three divisions. The entry fee is $25.00, non refundable, per participant paid to Gavilan College.

On the day of the competitions, each participant will be expected to have prepared (by memory) two stylistically contrasting pieces (e.g., Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary). One original copy of the piece must be supplied for the judges. All contestants will audition the afternoon of the competition. Each contestant will be assigned a designated start time. At the conclusion of the auditions the finalists of Division Three will be named and will compete in the final evening competition.

There will be two judges (to be announced) who will select three winners and honorable mentions for each division. The winner of Division Three will be invited to play at the Gavilan Bach To Blues Concert in March and may be asked to perform for the South Valley Symphony Youth Concert. Each contestant will get a Certificate of Participation. Cash prizes ranging from $50 - $500 will be awarded to the three winners for each division.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2007

WHERE: Gavilan College Theatre, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy

WHY: Marian Filice was a strong supporter of music and arts education, especially local education. She herself taught piano in Gilroy for many years. The generous support of the Filice family makes this competition possible, in hoping to encourage students in striving for musical excellence and in creating an opportunity for them to share their talents with the entire community. A more complete biography can be found at

Entry fees: $25 per participant (non refundable)
Deadline: February 10
Made payable to Gavilan College

Application forms and more information are available at:


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