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Bland music scholarship competition due Feb. 23

Gloucester, Lancaster, Northumberland, Mathews, Middlesex and Tappahannock Lions clubs are looking for gifted young musicians interested in competing for a scholarship to further their musical education.

The Bland Competition has been scheduled for 2 p.m. February 23 at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RWC) near Irvington, said Pam Kidwell of the Lancaster Lions Club.

A program to benefit and assist youth, the Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation Inc. was incorporated in 2007 to continue to provide performing opportunities as well as scholarships to gifted music students, both vocal and instrumental.

Progressive competitions begin in January at the local level and end in May in a competition among 12 finalists at the Lions State Convention, said Kidwell.  The Bland Foundation oversees the running of the competitions and also provides as much as $18,000 to the 12 finalists.

The scholarships must be used for college tuition, music lessons, summer music programs or other music education endeavors, she said. As tuition and lessons are extremely expensive, the Bland Foundation provides needed assistance to these talented, hardworking music students and their families.

To register, call Kidwell at 436-1905 after 5 p.m. or 761-0612 during the day. 

posted 02.05.2014

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