Cold Spring’s Tyler Mell, a senior at Haldane, has been named one of 11 finalists in the Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Performing Arts Competition. This competition is a premier music competition and is open to all high school students across the country. Contestants were asked to prepare a solo selection from the classical or baroque periods, and a musical piece of their choice. Adjudicators will be Williams Chorale, music director, pianist Peter J. Williams, baritone Stephen J. Fallon, music educator Michael G. Noonan, and Great Woods Chamber Orchestra Conductor Earl Raney.

The Williams Chorale Director, Peter Williams, commented: “Each year we have strived to improve upon the year before. The talent level at our competition is truly exceptional. After the initial screening from student recordings, the process becomes even more intense. From the hundreds of applicants, these 11 finalists were selected to perform in public and before the panel of judges.”

This year marks the 13th annual competition for vocal or instrumental students. The Bacardi Fallon Foundation and the Williams Chorale have awarded over $145,000 to date and will be awarding approximately $12,000 in this scholarship competition, including an exceptional $8,500 in prize money to the top four talented high school students: $5,000 (first prize), $2,000 (second prize), $1,000 (third prize), and $500 to the Director’s Choice prize winner. In addition, all selected finalists competing will receive at least $250. Each prize-winning student will be a featured soloist with Williams Chorale’s Annual Spring concert on May 11, in Attleboro, Mass.

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Performing Arts Competition not only provides students with scholarship monies to further their studies, it gives them the extraordinary and rare opportunity to perform with an established, well-respected performing arts ensemble.

The competition takes place on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 647 North Main St., in Attleboro. The public is invited.

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