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Wisconsin Public Radio opens contest to classical musicians

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) is pleased to announce the call for entries to the 2013 Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition for classical musicians ages 17 to 26. Auditions are open to soloists, duos, trios, quartets and quintets who are residents of Wisconsin or attend a Wisconsin college or university. All instrumentalists and vocal performers are invited to audition.

The 2012 winner, vocalist Rachel Holmes, was thrilled to be selected as a winner and to perform live on statewide radio. "Knowing that part of the prize was the chance to sing on WPR made me ecstatic," noted Holmes. The Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition was established to recognize young Wisconsin performers who demonstrate an exceptionally high level of artistry.

"It is an amazing feeling, to know that we are giving young musicians something to strive for, as well as giving Wisconsin an opportunity to enjoy its home-grown talent!" said WPR's Interim Music Director, Lori Skelton. Five winners will each receive a cash award and be invited to perform in a 90-minute winners' recital to be broadcast live on April 7on WPR's News & Classical Music Network.

The competition and winners concert is made possible, in part, by a grant from the estate of the late UW-Madison professor Eduardo Neale-Silva. A dedicated listener to WPR, he left a portion of his estate to help fund community outreach programs at the network. Past winners have gone on to represent Wisconsin's classical music credentials at conservatories and on stages around the world.

Competition information, application materials and contact information available online at The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 25.