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Congratulations to our 2023 Young Artist!

Bri Ranae Short
Junior at Metamora Township High School
Performing “I Could Have Danced All Night” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

Vocalists in grades 8-12 are invited to participate in auditions for the Civic Chorale’s annual Young Artist Competition. Auditions for our 2024 competition will take place on Saturday, October 12 at the First Christian Church (6400 N. University St., Peoria) beginning at 9:30 a.m. Students unable to participate on Saturday morning may petition to audition at the same location on Wednesday evening, October 9, 2024.

Winners 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 13th or 14th at 7:30 p.m. or 15th at 2:30 p.m. In addition, the winners will also receive a plaque and a $350 scholarship to be used for music study (voice lessons, music camp, college courses, etc). For more information, contact Ms. Morgan Dietkus, Peoria Area Civic Chorale Festival Choir Program Coordinator at

  • Fill out an application by Friday, October 4, 2024
  • 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 vocalist.
  • Audition selections are subject to approval of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale’s
    Artistic Director. Should a selection not be approved for audition, the candidate
    will be notified and be given an opportunity to select another song.
  • Applicants should contact the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Business Office well in
    advance of the application deadline should they have any doubts concerning
    audition repertoire.
  • All audition pieces should be memorized.
  • At the time of the audition, each participant MUST provide each of the three judges with a copy of their music.
  • Each student needs to have his/her own accompanist at the audition. A piano
    accompanist WILL NOT be provided by the Civic Chorale organization.
  • Students may not win this competition in consecutive years.
  • Questions can be directed to (attn: Young Artist Competition) or our at 309.693.6725.
  • You will be contacted via e-mail or phone to schedule an audition time.

    Please fill out the Young Artist Competition Form in order to apply.