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Montgomery County Performing Arts Society
News Release
Thursday, November 11, 2010

27th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition
& Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards
March 10-12, 2011 

CONROE, TexasThe Montgomery County Performing Arts Society announces the 27th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition and Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards, set for March 10-12, 2011 at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, Texas. The competition provides an opportunity for classical music artists to compete for performance opportunities and monetary prizes totaling $20,000.

Young Texas Artists offers four divisions: Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar. A panel of distinguished judges, all esteemed leaders in their respective disciplines, provides quality and valuable critique to all competitors.

Emelyne Bingham, noted conductor and teacher, returns in her fourth year as artistic director of the competition. “We are grateful to have the talent of Emelyne at work for us. Her influence has brought Young Texas Artists to a greater level artistically, technologically and academically,” said Susie Pokorski, chair of Young Texas Artists. Returning as master of ceremonies is Chris Johnson, host of KUHF-FM 88.7 Houston Public Radio’s The Afternoon Concert and technical director of KUHF’s arts program, The Front Row.

Participation in Young Texas Artists is open to Texas residents and/or students enrolled in a Texas college, university or music school, making it a truly international event. Vocalists must be between the ages of 20 and 32 at the time of the competition. Candidates in other divisions must be between 18 and 30 years of age. Previous Young Texas Artists grand-prize winners and students of current judges are not eligible.

Preliminary rounds begin Thursday, March 10 and are free and open to the public.

On Saturday evening, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., two finalists from each division will perform in the Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at or by calling the Crighton Theatre Box Office at 936-441-SHOW (7469). The Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main Street in Conroe, Texas 77301.

The Entergy Finalists’ Concert & Awards evening performance and final round of the competition is a featured event of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society’s regular season and is an official music contest of the State of Texas.

Deadline for entry in the Young Texas Artists Music Competition is December 31, 2010. For more information, visit or contact Young Texas Artists at; or 713-574-9820.

Young Texas Artists Music Competition was created in 1983 by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society in an effort to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout Texas. In 1999, Entergy Texas graciously offered its support, enabling the competition to evolve into the rich experience it is today. Judges are distinguished artists who have achieved acclaim in their respective disciplines. Candidates are generally pursuing a career in classical music and are either residents of Texas or enrolled in Texas music schools.

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