13th Annual Ocean City Pops Student Competition

Each season, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra tries to feature outstanding students in grades 9 through 12 with solo performances on the Music Pier. In keeping with this tradition, the Friends of the Ocean City Pops will hold its 13th Annual Student Music Competition for vocalists, instrumentalists, and pianists at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.

Founded in memory of Esther C. Weil, a piano teacher and life-long patron of the arts, the competition is open to students in grades 9-12 from Atlantic and Cape May counties.  Each applicant must have a recommendation from his/her school or private music teacher.  This year, four categories of prizes will be awarded to instrumental, female vocal, male vocal and piano participants. The first-prize winners will each receive $1,000 and possibly featured in a Pops concert during the 2023 summer season. Each second and third place winner will receive $500 and $250 respectively. The number of prizes may be reduced depending on the number of participants.

Please encourage students whom you feel are proficient enough in their musical training to enter our competition.  

If you have any questions, please email at cobosno@comcast.net or call 609-391-0678.  I look forward to receiving applications from your students.


Robert Snodgrass, Coordinator

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