Student Competition WinnersAn 18-year-old senior at Middle Township High School took first place-and a $1,000 cash prize-Tuesday night in the Esther Weil Music Competition sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, Inc., at the Music Pier.
Baritone Jarrett Porter won for his rendition of "O du mein Holder Abendstern," an aria from Richard Wagner's opera Tannhauser.
Second prize of $500 went to Alexander Bui, 17, an 11th grader at Egg Harbor Township High School who received a standing ovation after performing a movement from Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor.
There were two winners of third place: trombonist Carolyn Thomas, 18, of Holy Spirit High School, and tenor Kameron Ghanavati, 17, an 11th grader at Ocean City High School.
William Scheible, artistic director of the Ocean City Pops orchestra, and one of three professional musicians serving as judges, said all four top winners would have an opportunity to perform with the Pops this summer. Originally, only the top prize winner was to have appeared with the Pops. But Scheible said he was so impressed with the students' musicianship that all four would get their invitation to perform.
A total of 20 students from public and private high schools in Cape May and Atlantic Counties competed in the event, which is named for a patron of the arts who died in 2008.
The Music Pier Box Office opens at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 21st (along with online sales). Get your tickets early for your pick of the many special Pops concerts for the 2011 Summer Season.
Scarborough Inn B&B guests can view the entire summer schedule of concerts and purchase tickets on the Ocean City POPS website and then just walk to the Music Pier to enjoy performances!