Bud Carter Auditions June 2

Deer Isle-Stonington violinist Rylee Eaton was a Bud Carter Music Scholarship winner in 2013. Photo courtesy Opera House Arts.

Deer Isle-Stonington violinist Rylee Eaton was a Bud Carter Music Scholarship winner in 2013. Photo courtesy Opera House Arts.

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BUD CARTER AUDITIONS AT THE STONINGTON OPERA HOUSE

Music Scholarships Offers Young Musicians Support for Lessons, Instruments, and More

STONINGTON ­­­– Opera House Arts invites students to audition for the Bud Carter Music Scholarship on Tuesday, June 2, at 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Stonington Opera House and are open to all students in grades 5 through 12. Students wishing to be considered are required to fill out an application, including a written essay, prior to the audition date, and then to prepare a piece of music for auditions. Applications can be picked up at the Deer Isle-Stonington schools from teachers Beth Kyzer or John Lincoln or found on the OHA website, http://www.operahousearts.org, and must be returned to the Opera House by no later than Friday, May 22. All students who audition will receive funds through the scholarship program.

The work done by these students, as well as those who were awarded scholarships last year, will be showcased in the 24th annual Bud Carter Music Scholarship Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. This concert provides an opportunity for community members to sponsor a young local musician, while raising funds for music lessons, instruments, music summer camps and more.

Advances in brain research demonstrate that there are few better ways to expand executive brain function and development than through the study of music. Playing an instrument changes how the brain interprets and integrates a wide range of sensory information, and music education has been shown to improve the memory functions critical to learning math and other subjects. Students who take music lessons perform better in academic subjects across the board than their peers.

Launched in 1991, the Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund creates equity for local students who might otherwise not be able to afford lessons and instruments by distributing funds to all students who audition. The Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Committee members also provide advice and oversight regarding instructors and instruments. The annual concert not only showcases the talent of the young winners but also is the sole source of funding for these scholarships.

Tickets to the event are by free will offering, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. Those interested in sponsoring a young musician can also sign up at the concert, or contact development@operahousearts.org.

For more information please call the Opera House at 367-2788 or visit http://www.operahousearts.org.

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