Bland Contest

Lions Conduct Bland Music Competition

Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
REGISTRATION AND RULES OF THE CONTEST
FOR VOCALIST OR INSTRUMENTALISThe Annual Bland Music Scholarship Program was established in 1948 to assist and promote cultural and educational opportunities for the musically talented youth of Virginia.  The program consists of elimination contests starting at club level and continuing through “State Final Contest” and is administered by the following rules.
1.  Any boy or girl, vocalist or instrumentalist, properly sponsored by a Virginia Lions Club, a resident of Virginia (or within the club’s jurisdiction) and attending elementary, middle or senior high school or is home schooled is eligible to participate.
2.   Contestants
a. Are allowed to enter only one club contest annually and may participate in either the vocal or instrumental division but not both. Students who enter more than one contest may be banned from future participation.
b.  Shall render only one composition and is allowed only eight (8) minutes to present it.  In order to keep within the 8-minute time limit, contestant may eliminate part of his or her composition.  The part cut out shall be marked on the score for the information of the judges.  A one-point penalty (per judge) for every five seconds exceeding the eight-minute limit, with a grace period for the first five seconds, will be assessed at the state level.  The point penalty may be enforced at the district, zone/region, or club level at the discretion of the Contest Bland Chairman.  In case of a tie, the judges shall determine a winner.
c. Must memorize his or her composition.
d. Shall furnish the required number of copies of his or her composition as defined by the club, zone/region, district and state chairmen. 
e.        Lions of Virginia shall provide no instrument for contestant other than a piano.  Instruments other than piano must have an accompanist, if dictated by the composition. Accompaniment must be provided with musical instruments played by live performers, other than the contestants themselves. No pre-recorded accompaniment is allowed.
f.         All contestants must compete on the date and at the place and time of the scheduled club, zone/region, district or state contest.
3. Judges
a. Judges for the contest shall be competent teachers or performers of music not connected with the contestant or the sponsoring club.     
b. When appropriate, there should be 2 judges for each division of music (vocal and instrumental). Two judges for each division are required at the District and State levels.
c.  Shall score the contestant on his or her musical ability.
d.  Score sheets shall be given to the contestant after the contest.
4.  Awards shall be furnished by the State Bland Foundation Committee as follows:
a.  Official certificates (1st and 2nd places, and participation) at the club, zone/region, district and state levels.
b. State Scholarships for BOTH Vocal and Instrumental WINNERS are:
§  First Place SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                                                     $2,500 each
§  Second Place SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                                                 $2,000 each
§  Third Place SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                                                    $1,500 each
§  Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Place SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                        $1,000 each
c.        Scholarships are not transferable, and those not claimed within five (5) years after date of State Contest will be forfeited.
d.       State first place winners are NOT eligible to compete again.
e.        Scholarships are payable only to an accredited college or school of music, summer music program or to an accredited private or public music teacher.  Requests for payment to a college or school must be accompanied by the winner’s course curriculum, which must include a music course, and a statement from the school indicating an outstanding balance at least in the payment of the amount being requested.  Requests for payment to private and public teachers must include a signed statement for lessons previously given the winner, showing the dates, the number of lesson hours, and fee per hour. In order for payments from scholarships to be disbursed, the aforementioned information must be submitted to the Bland Foundation, 402 Scott Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

All participants are required to SIGN a copy of the “Registration Form” certifying their familiarity therewith and their COMPLETE acceptance thereof.

The contest will be held on ____February 23, 2017 at ___Thalia United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA at 7:00pm
______________________________________________________(Date & Time)        (Location & Address)

Complete Registration Form and mail to:

Lion Vickie Kennedy
507 Blue Moon Crescent
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Email: vkennedy@rmhcnorfolk.org or phone at 757-627-5386

Please return Registration Form no or before February 20, 2017.

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Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

REGISTRATION FORM FOR VOCALIST OR INSTRUMENTALIST


Please enter me in the contest to be held on Feb. 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

at Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
                                                             (Location & Address)

Contestant’s Name ________________________________________________
                                                               (First, Middle, Last)

Parent or Guardian _________________________________________________


Address __________________________________________________


__________________________________________________
                                             (City)                                               (State)                            (Zip)

Phone_____________________________  Age_______________  Grade__________________


School___________Email ________


Type of Instrument _____________ Type of Voice ____

 Composition ____________________________________________

Composer __________________________________________


Accompanist __     Phone ___________ Email______________


Music Teacher ___________Phone ___________ _ Email______________
                                                                       

I have read and I accept the rules and regulations of the contest:
 ______________________________            _____________________________
            (Signature of Contestant)       (Date signed) 

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Record, Mar 17th, 2016  
Area Lions Clubs on February 28 held their Bland Music Competition at Festival Halle in Reedville. “Parents, fellow students, and the public were delighted by the sweet, powerful and inspirational sounds of ten talented musicians,” reported Lancaster Lion Bob Reed.  Lions Clubs from Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex and Northumberland, under the direction of Northumberland Lions Club president Richard Saxer, produced the Zone A contest as part of the Virginia Lions 68th annual Bland Music Competition, named for James Bland, a popular composer in the late 1800s, said Reed.  Nancy-Jane Grace McClain, vocalist, and Katie Qianjia Lim, pianist, both sponsored by Lancaster Lions, placed first in their respective categories. They will advance to the Lions Region 1 competition in Williamsburg, reported Lancaster Lions publicist Jim Ward.  Winners from the Region 1 competition in turn compete at the Lions District 24D competition in Norfolk, and those winners will then compete at the Lions State Convention in May for musical scholarships totaling $18,000, said Ward. Other prize-winning performers included Channing Reynolds (Northumberland Lions), second, voice; Kasey Ann Watkins (Middlesex Lions), second, instrumental; William Teagan Mullins (Northumberland Lions), third, voice; and Tahi Pearl Wiggins (Northumberland Lions), third, instrumental.   Contest chairman Richard Saxer thanked professional musicians Neil Smart, Robert Spiers, Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis and Winter McCrobie, who judged the competition.  “Faithfulness to score, technique, interpretation, stage presence, complexity of composition, and memory were the factors considered,” said Saxer. “We greatly appreciate these judges donating their time and talent to help promote young musical talent.” Saxer also commended Lions Dick Brown, Mike Fagan, David Farley, Bob Reed, Gary Owens, Jeff Cath, Bob Binsky and Hauser Weiler, “who worked many hours to make this event a great success.”
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2016 Lions Youth Scholarship Music Contest Announced
The Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach announces its 23rd Annual James A. Bland Memorial Music Scholarship Contest to be held on the evening of February 18, 2016 (Thursday) at the Thalia United Methodist Church.  This is the first of an escalating series of contests (club, regional and state levels) sponsored by the Lions Clubs of the State of Virginia culminating in scholarships for music study. 
The state level awards are  scholarships of
$2,500 for 1st  place
$2,000 for 2nd  place
$1,500 for 3rd  place
Cash awards of $1,000 for 4th, 5th and 6th places for both vocal and instrumental finalists.
The contest is open to any youth attending elementary, middle or junior or senior high school (or equivalent home-schooled level) and who is a resident of Virginia.  Only one club contest may be entered as the winners from each club contest progress to the next higher level.  The final state level contest is held in conjunction with the Virginia Lions State Convention, this year being held in Roanoke, VA on May 20, 2016. Interested instrumentalists and vocalists may contact the Bland Contest Chairperson for the Thalia Lions, Lion Vickie Kennedy, at 627-5386 or vkennedy@rmhcnorfolk.com for an application packet.  Deadline for completed applications is Feb.15th
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Bland Contest Winners 2016


Bland Contest Winners from the Feb 2oth 2014 
Thalia Lions Bland Contest

Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
2014 REGISTRATION AND RULES OF THE CONTEST FOR
VOCALIST OR INSTRUMENTALIST

The Annual Bland Music Scholarship Program was established in 1948 to assist and promote cultural and educational opportunities for the musically talented youth of Virginia.  The program consists of elimination contests starting at club level and continuing through “State Final Contest” and is administered by the following rules.
1. Any  boy  or  girl,  vocalist  or  instrumentalist,  properly  sponsored  by  a  Virginia  Lions  Club,  a  resident  of  Virginia  (or  within  the  club’s jurisdiction) and attending elementary, middle or senior high school or is home schooled is eligible to participate.

2. Contestants

a. Are allowed to enter only one club contest annually and may participate in either the vocal or instrumental division but not both. Students who enter more than one contest may be banned from future participation.


b. Shall render only one composition and is allowed only eight (8) minutes to present it.  In order to keep within the 8-minute time limit, contestant may eliminate part of his or her composition.  The part cut out shall be marked on the score for the information of the judges.  A one-point penalty (per judge) for every five seconds exceeding the eight-minute limit, with a grace period for the first five seconds, will be assessed at the state level.  The point penalty may be enforced at the district, zone/region, or club level at the discretion of the Contest Bland Chairman. In case of a tie, the judges shall determine a winner.
c. Must memorize his or her composition.

d. Shall furnish the required number of copies of his or her composition as defined by the club, zone/region, district and state chairmen. 

e. Lions of Virginia shall provide no instrument for contestant other than a piano.  Instruments other than piano must have an accompanist, if dictated by the composition.  Accompaniment must be provided with musical instruments played by live performers, other than the contestants themselves. No pre-recorded accompaniment is allowed.

f. All contestants must compete on the date and at the place and time of the scheduled club, zone/region, district or state contest.


3. Judges
a. Judges for the contest shall be competent teachers or performers of music not connected with the contestant or the sponsoring club.     

b. When appropriate, there should be 2 judges for each division of music (vocal and instrumental).  Two judges for each division are required at the District and State levels.

c. Shall score the contestant on his or her musical ability.

d. Score sheets shall be given to the contestant after the contest.

4. Awards shall be furnished by the State Bland Foundation Committee as follows:

a. Official certificates (1st and 2nd places, and participation) at the club, zone/region, district and state levels.

b. State Scholarships for BOTH Vocal and Instrumental WINNERS are: First Place SCHOLARSHIPS -    $2,500 each 


Second Place SCHOLARSHIPS -  $2,000 each 
Third Place SCHOLARSHIPS - $1,500 each 

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Place SCHOLARSHIPS  -  $1,000 each 

c. Scholarships are not transferable, and those not claimed within five (5) years after date of State Contest will be forfeited.

d. State first place winners are NOT eligible to compete again.

e. Scholarships are payable only to an accredited college or school of music, summer music program or to an accredited private or public music teacher.  Requests for payment to a college or school must be accompanied by the winner’s course curriculum, which must include a music course,  and a  statement from the school  indicating an outstanding balance at least  in the payment  of  the amount  being requested. Requests for payment to private and public teachers must include a signed statement for lessons previously given the winner, showing the dates, the number of lesson hours, and fee per hour. In order for payments from scholarships to be disbursed, the aforementioned information must be submitted to the Bland Foundation, 402 Scott Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.


All participants are required to SIGN a copy of the “Registration Form” certifying their familiarity therewith and their COMPLETE acceptance thereof. The contest dates and locations will be posted soon.

Complete the below Registration Form on or before February 17. 2014 and mail to:
Lion Vickie Kennedy
507 Blue Moon Crescent
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Email:  vkennedy@rmhcnorfolk.com
 
Lions of Virginia Bland Music Scholarship Foundation, Inc. REGISTRATION FORM FOR VOCALIST OR INSTRUMENTALIST

Please enter me in the contest to be held on Feb. 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA.

Contestant’s Name ____________________________________

                                                               (First, Middle, Last)

Parent or Guardian ______________________________________
 
Address ___________________________________________

_____________________________________________
        (City)                                               (State)                            (Zip)
Phone___________________  Age________  Grade_____ 
School_________________ Email __________________
Type of Instrument _____________ Type of Voice ____________
Composition _______________________________________
Composer ______________________________________
Accompanist _________________________________

Phone ________________ Email______________
Music Teacher ____________________________
Phone ________________Email______________
I have read and I accept the rules and regulations of the contest:

________________________________________________           
     (Signature of Contestant)                                   (Date signed)                 

 
 
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April 2010 - Lion’s Bland Winner Sings Lead Roles in Virginia Opera


by Lion Ed DeLong, Thalia Lions (Article in May 2010 24D's Knight's Vision)

"Aundi Marie Moore, a soprano who won first place honors in the Thalia Lions music scholarship contest some years ago is now a successful opera singer appearing with Virginia Opera as Serena in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She and Virginia Opera conductor Peter Mark attended the Wells theater the other evening and during a discussion with them Miss Moore reminisced about her win with the Lions and how much we helped her in her successful career. She has sung the role of Elvira in Don Giovanni with Monte Carlo Opera; Nedda in Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera; Rusalka in the 2008 Salzburg festival; many events with the Washington National opera including Elvira from Don Giovanni and is scheduled to sing the role of Serena with the Atlanta Opera. It’s not often that a star of her caliber returns to our area to tell us about how much our efforts helped her along the way. Our Bland program is working fellow Lions. Please keep supporting it."

The Thalia Lions Club Bland Committee arranges an annual youth music scholarship contest in honor of James Bland, the famous composer of "Carry Me Back to Ole' Virginny", Virginia's state song for many years. An escalating series of contests from club to state level results in significant scholarship awards to both vocal and instrumental contestants.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE VIRGINIA LIONS
JAMES A BLAND MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

The Lions of Virginia first became interested in James A. Bland in 1938 as the composer of the stirring song, Carry Me Back to Old Virginny. Impressed by the patriotic fervor and nostalgic quality of this lyric, the Lions began a campaign that resulted in the General Assembly of Virginia officially adopting the song in 1940 as the Virginia State Anthem. In 1994, the Virginia State Senate adopted a revised version Carry Me Back to Old Virginia. In February 1997, the State Legis-lature of Virginia voted to retire the song for reason of political correctness. The Lions of Virginia still honor the man who wrote hundreds of well-known melo-dies.

In the 1940’s, Lions delved into the life and career of this distinguished composer and discovered that his grave was unknown and unmarked. Through diligent investigation they discovered his grave in a cemetery in Merion, PA, near Phila-delphia. The Lions of Virginia erected a monument over his grave and at the Convention of Lions International in Philadelphia in July of 1946 the monument was unveiled in the presence of many distinguished representatives of govern-ment, the world of music, and Lions International. In 1997, at the Lions Interna-tional Convention again in Philadelphia, the Virginia Lions rededicated the mo-nument.

The Lions of Virginia were not content that only a granite monument memorial-izes the author of the official state song. Hence, as a continuing memorial, they established the Virginia Lions Bland Music Scholarships Program in 1948. Since the beginning of this contest, the Lions have continued to add to the value of the scholarships. Today, the contest is spread over the entire state, commencing with individual club contests, and escalating through zone and/or region and district contests to the final state contest at the Annual State Convention. The project is financed entirely through contributions from Lions Clubs throughout the State of Virginia. The Thalia Lions Club awards trophies and medallions, but at the state level, scholarships are awarded in both vocal and instrumental categories in the amount of $2,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,500 for third place. Cash awards of $1,000 are given to the 4th, 5th and 6th place Winners.

The Thalia Lions Club is always looking for men and women of good character who would like to help their community and humanity. We meet twice a month for din-ner and fellowship. Our fund-raising efforts include sale of blind-made products, a fruit sale, a raffle and other activities. In addition to other donations we provide eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy, hearing and sight tests for adults and children and scholarships. If you are interested in membership, please speak to any Lion here tonight.

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