The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is pleased to announce the 2019 Young Musicians Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 & 24!The Festival provides an opportunity for music students in grades four through twelve, from the counties of Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland, to perform before credentialed adjudicators from North Carolina schools of music.

Adjudicators this year are Pamela Howland, piano, formerly at Wake Forest University, and David Heid, collaborative pianist at Duke University.

As a long-time educator, Howland has held numerous faculty positions in New York, Minnesota, and North Carolina. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. In 2014 she left Wake Forest University to pursue international performing opportunities and new creative projects.She has performed from coast to coast in the United States as both soloist and chamber musician. She recently brought her Chopin meets the Beatles program to the Weymouth Classical Concerts.

Heid is a staff accompanist and teaches piano at Duke University.He is in demand throughout the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area as a collaborative artist and has worked with many of the area’s leading organizations, including NC Opera, Durham Choral Society, NC Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Fletcher Foundation, Theater in the Park, Thompson Theater Summerfest and Long Leaf Opera. With a successful career in New York City as a vocal coach/accompanist, he is also a composer, arranger, and conductor. He recently accompanied Jemeesa Yarborough, soprano, at the Weymouth Classical Concerts.

Applicants must be currently studying with a teacher in the area of performance for which they plan to audition.Adjudicator comments are focused on building the technical and musical aspects of a student’s performance area.The remarks also provide the student’s teacher with particular information helpful for further study.

The 2019 Festival deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, February 13.The applicationfee is $20.00.The completed application and a check made payable to “Friends of Weymouth”, with YMF noted in the memo area, can be sent to:Weymouth Center, P.O. Box 939, Southern Pines, NC 28388.Teachers will be notified by Monday, February 18, regarding student audition times.Questions may be directed to Festival Chair, Sue Aceves at

This year’s Festival is graciously sponsored by Ralph and Vivian Jacobson.We look forward to receiving applications for the Young Musicians Festival and to having your students participate in the 2019 Festival!

Download the 2019 Application Form.

February 23-24, 2019 Audition Guidelines 

The Weymouth Festival Committee wishes to thank you for encouraging your students to participate in the Young Musicians Festival. In order for the event to proceed smoothly and positively for everyone involved, please read the following guidelines and discuss them with your student(s) where appropriate.

    • Auditioners who live in the counties of Moore, Lee, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Cumberland and Scotland, and are currently studying an instrument or voice with a teacher, are eligible to participate.Students may enter more than once (piano, voice, violin, etc.) but may be a finalist in only one category.

        • Division 1 (grades 4-6) – 10 minutes maximum time, two (2) memorized pieces of contrasting styles.
        • Division 2 (grades 7-9) – 13 minutes maximum time, two (2) memorized pieces of contrasting styles.
        • Division 3 (grades 10-12) – 15 minutes maximum time, may be one (1) longer piece showing contrasting styles, or two (2) pieces, all music memorized.
      • Division 4 (Advanced, for auditioners who have been finalists two out of the last three years; applies to 7th-12th grades) – 15 minutes maximum time, may be one (1) longer piece showing contrasting styles, or two (2) pieces, all music memorized.
    • Auditioners should arrive at the Weymouth Center at least 15 minutes prior to their audition time on Saturday, February 23, 2019.Upon arrival, each student should register and make certain that all repertoire information on rating sheets is correct.After registration, auditioners should wait quietly in the Garden Room or Library.A monitor will be present to escort each auditioner to the audition site at the appointed time.
    • Auditioners should be encouraged to wear appropriate dress for the occasion.
    • Auditioners may leave at the conclusion of their audition.Finalists will be announced at the end of the day.Teachers will be responsible for notifying the finalists of their participation in Sunday’s concert. 
    • Auditioners (if applicable) must supply an accompanist other than their performance area teacher. This accompanist must also be available for the Sunday concert in the event the auditioner is selected as a finalist.
    • If the auditioner will not be able to perform on Sunday if selected, they may audition for comments only.”Please make a note of this on the application.
    • Each auditioner should be prepared to announce to the adjudicator the titles of their compositions in the order in which they are to be performed.
    • Pianists are encouraged to take a minute to warm-up on the piano. Instrumentalists are encouraged to take time to tune their instruments to the piano if being accompanied.Vocal participants may warm-up their voices in the Garden Room.
    • All music must be memorized, and each auditioner must provide the judge with a copy of their performance pieces with measures numbered.No photocopieswill be allowed.
    • The Weymouth Center will be open to Festival participants for rehearsal between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.on Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February22.Time will be limited to 10 minutes per auditioner. Please sign in upon arrival.Auditioners will be taken in sign-up order. Please permit auditioners to practice privately.
    • Please park in designated areas at all times.
  • The Finalists Concert at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, is open to the public.Those selected to perform should arrive no later than 2:45 p.m.Finalists are asked to remain for a few minutes after the concert to have a group photo taken.

Download the 2019 Application Form.

Awards to be given:

Katharine Boyd Award:Overallwinner $100

Amelia Rose Ehrhardt Award:Division 4–$70

Lena Stewart Brillhart Award:Division 3–$60

Glenn Brillhart Award:Division 2–$50

Elizabeth Stevenson Ives Award:Division 1–$30

Finalists awards will also be given in each division.

Thank you again for making the Festival a positive experience for the young musicians who wish to participate.If you have any questions, please contact Sue Aceves (phone:910-949-3609 or email: .

Festival Committee:

Sue Aceves, Chair; Elaine Sills, Weymouth Music Committee Co-Chair; Sondra Nelson