Young Artist Showcase performers met at Mid-State Piano Gallery and Music to talk about their upcoming performance at the South Jackson Civic Center. These students are the top of their musical classes. Pictured, from left, are Isabel Barker, Lauren Rogers, Alex Goodwin, Hope Sebourn and Jacob Howell.

For four years, the Young Artist Showcase has been presenting the talents of local musicians. This year will be no different, as a group of talented teens will take center stage at the South Jackson Civic Center to wow audiences with their talent on Sunday, Nov. 18. 

The showcase will feature high school students from the studios of different Tullahoma music teachers. Each student is the top musician from each studio.

Bringing the musical talent to South Jackson are independent music teachers Lisa Maurer and Peggy Burton.

“This showcase is a great way to support excellence in performance,” said Burton. “Our artists are young students and the support of them being creative means a lot.”

One purpose of the showcase is to encourage and support the musical aspirations of the young people in Tullahoma. There is plenty of musical talent here in Tullahoma, and the community is able to see it firsthand at the Young Artist Showcase.

“It’s important to support the arts,” said Maurer. “It’s a vital part of an individual’s complete education. It fulfills those areas that sports and technology cannot reach.”

This year’s showcase will include seven performers. Musical selections played on the piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, as well as vocal selections, are all in store for the showcase.

“Music is a way to make me feel better,” said voice student Hope Sebourn. “Music is therapeutic. I think this showcase is important because people get to see young people be passionate in their love for music.”

Not only will the concert entertain those who come to see the talent, but it will also be educational. Each performer will give a short biography of the composer of the piece they are about to play or sing to give the audience insight as to what they will be listening to.

The concert is also an opportunity for the students to perform on a concert stage in a professional setting.

“Singing can inspire emotion,” said voice student Lauren Rogers. “I want our audience to enjoy our performance and see the hard work and dedication we’ve put in to the show.”

Many previous young artists have gone on to study music in college, at Belmont, Tennessee Tech, University of Kentucky and Arkansas State University, to name a few.

Music is a way to be creative and do constructive things with the mind, said instrumental students Isabel Barker, Alex Goodwin and Jacob Howell. In music there no limits, and that’s part of the creativity and appeal.

The young artists will be playing in concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 18 at the South Jackson Civic Center. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

To make a reservation, call 931-455-5321.

Faith Few can be reached by email at ffew@tullahomanews.com.