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Bard contest is under way

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Teenagers: If you were paying attention while your teacher taught you Shakespeare's "The Tempest," your listening may now pay off.

The Great Lakes Theatre Festival is inviting students in grades six to 12 to submit original music for the sixth annual Bardstock FM Shakespearean song writing contest.

"Songwriters get the inspiration for their new songs from many sources," GLTF Director of Education Daniel Hahn said. "For this contest we are looking for students who can write and perform a new, original song inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest."

The Bardstock FM songwriting competition is open to soloists and bands. Music submissions of all styles and genres are accepted and four winning student entries will be chosen as finalists.

Student finalists will receive a free professional recording of their new songs in WCPN's state of the art recording studio and a live radio broadcast of their work on a special May 2007 edition of WCPN's Around Noon. Winning student musicians also receive a $250 cash prize and a professionally produced commemorative CD featuring all four of the contest's winners.

To register or to request more information, students should call Great Lakes Theater Festival's Director of Education, Daniel Hahn, by phone at (216) 241-5490, extension 307, or via e-mail at [email protected].

The deadline to register for the Bardstock FM songwriting contest is March 2.

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