The Young Artists Competition is held annually to encourage
A separate category, The Phyllis Smith Oyer Musicianship Award, recognizes the musical ability that demonstrates exceptional potential and promise. In her youth, Phyllis Smith Oyer was greatly encouraged by her aunt in the development of her musical abilities. At an early age, she became an accomplished pianist, organist and vocalist; she was the assistant organist at her church at age 11. Mrs. Oyer continued to volunteer her musical talents in church and school choirs and instrumental groups throughout her life. Mrs. Oyer was a long time member of the Greece Choral Society.
A sign of her dedication to the musical education of young people was her creation of a summer band for her children and their friends, to offer them a venue for performing when school was not in session. An orchestra and chorus soon followed. She involved many Rochester and Greece educators in this endeavor and provided the opportunity for these musical groups to perform at area parks, malls and the local Rotary Sunshine Camp. As a result of her involvement in this and other musical activities, Mrs. Oyer was honored for helping form the framework of the Greece Performing Arts Society. In remembrance of Mrs. Oyer, this award is presented annually by her family.
This year's Young Artist Competition will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 Greece Athena APAC, 9:00 AM
Check out the GPAS Hotline: 234-5636