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2017 Young Artist Program Winners:
Meg Ciko – Germantown Hills Middle School [Dec. 15 AFC performance]
Lauren Williams – Washington Community High School [Dec. 16 AFC performance]
Colin Hislope – Limestone High School [Dec. 17 AFC performance]
Honorable Mentions
Vada Arndt – Limestone Community High School
Maria Coulter – Notre Dame High School
Sydney Johnson – Richwoods High School
Ben Rixstine – Homeschooled

Vocalists currently in grades 8-12 are invited to participate in auditions for the Civic Chorale’s annual Young Artist Competition. Auditions will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church (8607 N State Route 91, Peoria) from 9:00-11:30 am.

The winner of this competition will have the privilege of performing as a soloist at one of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale’s An American Family Christmas concerts at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on December 14th, 15th or 16th. In addition, the winners will also receive a plaque and a $300 scholarship to be used for music study (voice lessons, music camp, college courses, etc).


  • Application deadline is Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Musical selections should be classical or musical theater and are subject to approval by the PACC music director. Selections should demonstrate adequate difficulty and showcase the vocal abilities of each singer.
  • All audition pieces should be memorized.
  • At the time of the audition, each participant should give a copy of their music to the judges.
  • Each student needs to have his/her own accompanist at the audition.
  • Students may not win this competition in consecutive years.
  • Questions can be directed to Beth Rock ( or call our office at 309.693.6725
  • You will be contacted via e-mail to schedule an audition time.
  • If you have an unavoidable conflict on October 20, an alternate audition date has been set up for Wednesday, October 17 at First United Methodist Church (116 NE Perry Ave, Peoria) from 6:30-7:30pm.



Peoria Area Civic Chorale Young Artist Competition
809 W Detweiller Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615-2198


We would like to thank the following sponsors of our Young Artist Competition:

Bob Lindsay Acura
South Side Bank