Two teens are finalists in talent search


January 08, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Anna Elashvili, a 17-year-old violinist from Baltimore, and Meredith Michael Reffner, a 17-year-old dancer from Glen Burnie, are finalists in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

As finalists, they will participate in a series of auditions to be held this week in Miami.

The two young women are among a group of 111 artists selected from more than 7,000 young dancers, musicians, actors, photographers, visual artists and writers around the country. Evaluated through auditions, master classes, seminars and workshops, they will compete for awards ranging from $100 to $3,000. The top 50 awardees will be eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Ms. Elashvili, a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts, also ,, studies violin at the Peabody Preparatory. She won a first-place award from the Maryland Music Educators Association in 1993 and 1994, and also won first place in 1993 in the Junior Composers National Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

A student at Old Mill Senior High School in Millersville, Ms. Reffner studies ballet at the Washington School of Ballet. She has received scholarships to pursue summer studies at the School of American Ballet in New York and at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, N.Y. Last year, she received Maryland's Distinguished Scholar in the Arts award.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is paying all expenses for the young artists' week-long participation in the ARTS program. A nonprofit, Miami-based organization, NFAA encourages young artists in all art forms by assisting them financially and by creating educational and professional opportunities for them. The ARTS program is funded in part by corporate sponsors.


* Singers are invited to audition for the University of Maryland Chorus, directed by Paul Traver, from Wednesday to Friday at the Tawes Fine Arts building at the University of Maryland College Park. The chorus will perform Bach's Mass in B Minor April 23 on the campus. For details, call (301) 405-5571.

* Performance Workshop Theatre Company, a professional non-Equity theater company relocated from Bethlehem, Pa., will hold auditions for its first local production, "The Puppetmaster of Lodz," Tuesday at Catonsville Community College. The production, which will run in March, calls for one woman and one man age 35-55. For details and to set up an audition, call (410) 276-8490.

* The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for "Lost In Yonkers" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. The production, directed by Miriam Bazensky, calls for two men age 30 to 40, two boys age 12 to 20, one woman age 30 to 40 and one woman age 60 to 70. For details, call (410) 655-4826.

* Bowie Community Theater will also hold auditions for a production of "Lost in Yonkers" from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at Bowie Playhouse, Route 3 south in White Marsh Park, Bowie. This production calls for two men age 30 to 45, two women age 30 to 45, one woman age 50 to 65, and two young men: one age 10 to 13 and the other age 13 to 16. For details, call (301) 858-1479.


Singers are invited to join the Laurel Oratorio Society for a spring performance of Mozart's Coronation Mass and Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast." Rehearsals, which begin Tuesday, run from p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road in Laurel. Auditions are not required for the 100-member choir, directed by Walter G. Edmonds. All voice parts are needed, especially altos, tenors and basses. For details, call (301) 490-7504 or (410) 730-7117.

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