San Jacinto College to host contest for young musicians

03.19.2014 | By Rob Vanya

PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College Central music department will host the Young Artist Competition for Piano and Voice on Saturday, March 22, 2014, an event open to any piano students in grades 7 through 12 and voice students in grades 8 through 12. 

Winners will be presented cash prizes, and will also be considered for scholarships from San Jacinto College. Music faculty from the College will judge the competition.

Participation in the competition is open to anyone who is studying piano or voice and can perform the required level of literature.  Entrance fee for the contest is $35 and is limited to the first 40 entrants. Vocalists who need to have an accompanist provided are charged an extra fee of $25.

“In the past, we have had participants from as far away as Beaumont,” commented Dr. Martha Braswell, San Jacinto College music professor and coordinator of the event. “The public cannot attend the competition, but are invited to attend the awards ceremony and concert at the conclusion of the contest where the top performers play or sing their choice of compositions for the public. The concert will occur around 2 p.m. on the day of the competition.”

The contest and subsequent ceremony will be held in the Jan Corbin Recital Hall of the Monte Blue Music Building on the Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. There is no admission charge for the awards ceremony or the concert that follow the restricted competition.

The competition will include two categories based on the age of the students. “We average about 25 students in the competition with a winner and one runner-up in each category,” remarked Braswell. “In addition, students who have a high recommendation but do not place in the top two categories in their age group are also recognized and perform in the concert.” To register for the event, please call 281-476-1501, extension 1603, or send an email to

San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three campuses.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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