Baltimore vocalists invited to compete in annual Billie Holiday competition


January 01, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Area singers are invited to enter the sixth annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which encourages emerging performing artists and celebrates the jazz singer who spent some of her childhood in Baltimore.

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and an opportunity to perform at Artscape, the city's annual celebration of the arts. Second-place prize is $1,000, and the third place is $500.

The competition is open to residents of Baltimore and Baltimore County who are at least 18 years old. Deadline for applications is Feb. 10. Final auditions are scheduled April 8 at the Walters Art Gallery. The contest is sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and Pepsi Cola. For details and applications, call (410) 396-4575.


The Maryland Humanities Council is calling for applications for grants to support humanities programs throughout the state. The humanities include history, philosophy, languages, literature, ethics, linguistics, archaeology, comparative religion, jurisprudence, and the history, theory and criticism of the arts and architecture.

Nonprofit community organizations such as libraries, museums, local governments, public radio and television stations, educational institutions, historical organizations, civic groups, churches and synagogues are eligible to apply for funds for exhibits, films, lectures and conferences.

The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and for proposal deadlines, call the council at (410) 625-4830.


The Visual Arts Department of the University of Maryland Baltimore County will receive a $2,000 product grant from the Eastman Kodak Co. The department, known for its strength in imaging and digital arts, teaches filming, computer art, video and photography. The grant of motion-picture-camera film will enable the department to take on production projects beyond its normal budgetary scope.


* The Spotlighters Theater will hold auditions for its March production of "A Few Good Men" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The production calls for one woman aged 25 to 30, men aged 20 to 30, including a Hispanic man, and men aged 35 to 50. For details, call (410) 752-1225.

* Pumpkin Theatre will hold auditions for its production of "Johnny Appleseed" on Jan. 10 and Jan. 12 at the Hannah More Arts Center of St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave. in Stevenson. Children aged 8 and up, who can sing in chorus, begin auditions at 7 p.m. Jan. 10. (There is one solo singing role for a boy aged 10 to 15.) Adults audition at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12. All roles are singing roles. For details, call (410) 323-9402.

* Auditions for a production of "Brigadoon" at F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23-24 at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake St. The production calls for nine men and eight women. Those auditioning should bring a song and be prepared to dance. For details, call (410) 321-6595.


The Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore will hold a stage reading of the play "The Pearl Divers" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at its theater, 908 Washington Blvd. The free reading will be followed by a discussion. For details, call (410) 727-1847.

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