Yamaha Young Talent Competition kicks off Feb. 5

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Hundreds of children and teens are expected to vie for scholarships and music lessons when the Yamaha Pattaya Young Talent Competition begins again Feb. 5.

The contest, sponsored by the Yamaha Music Institute and the Tiffany Show, will see children and teens compete in six categories in hopes of winning the HRH Princess Soamsawalee trophy, cash, discounts and singing or dancing lessons.

Young women perform a dance routine at the press conference for the upcoming Yamaha Young Talent Competition 2012. Young women perform a dance routine at the press conference for the upcoming Yamaha Young Talent Competition 2012.

Alisa Phanthusak, assistant managing director of the Tiffany Show, and representatives from Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Y.W.C.A. Bangkok-Pattaya Center, Yamaha and the Lions Club of Pattaya announced Jan. 14 that the opening round of the annual contest will be held Feb. 5 at Yamaha’s Pattaya music school from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Categories include singing of Thai country songs for children under 12 and teens 13-18, Thai or international pop songs for both age groups, a band category for which organizers have already selected 20 semi-finalists, and Japanese or Korean pop dance category.

Winners in each category will receive cash and prizes from 2,000-10,000 baht.

Interested students can apply from today till Jan 31.  Go to www.pattayafahmai .com to download an application form, and send the completed form by email to [email protected], or apply in person at Siam Kolkarn Musical School on 3rd Road or Tantrarak School in Soi Paniadchang, or at any of the Pattaya City schools.

On Sunday, February 26, all selected names will be announced for the last round, which begins with a grand rehearsal at Tiffany’s Theatre on Saturday, March 10 and ends with the finals on Sunday, March 11, at Tiffany’s Theatre.