For Immediate Release
June 16, 2016

Contact: Charlotte Concerts
Phone: 704.527.6680


(Charlotte, North Carolina)… In response to a generous challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation, Charlotte Concerts has created a music performance competition showcasing the talents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students.  A Musical Showcase will be an annual event open to elementary, middle, and high school students who participate in orchestras, bands or choruses.

The inaugural A Musical Showcase is scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017, in The Belk Theater at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  It will honor long-time Charlotte Concerts Board and Advisory Board Member Dale Polsky in recognition of her tireless and creative work on behalf of the organization and her vision and leadership in providing music education opportunities for students in underserved schools.  Jordan Gross, former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle and three time NFL Pro Bowler, will be the emcee.

The inaugural A Musical Showcase will feature nine to twelve bands, orchestras, and choruses.  In December, 2016, a panel of judges will select the participating groups by reviewing audios submitted by music teachers throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

A cash prize will be awarded to each group that is chosen to participate in A Musical Showcase. At the event on March 20, 2017, judges will select three overall winners from the performing groups. An additional cash prize will be awarded to the groups judged to be the best performance of the evening.

A Musical Showcase will promote the North Carolina and National essential standards of music education.  Performance is a component of all curriculum standards.  Performance also encourages students, is motivational, and helps to build self-confidence.  This program will highlight the importance of music study for students of all ages and will raise community awareness and advocacy.

The generosity of The Leon Levine Foundation and other donors enables Charlotte Concerts to produce A Musical Showcase. This Competition Celebrating Musical Excellence will provide the opportunity for students and adults to realize that the discipline, self-motivation, and training involved with music endeavors and the joy derived from music truly change a person’s life.

For further information about the event, participation eligibility, or general information about Charlotte Concerts, contact Diane Lumpkin Peery, executive director, at or 704.527.6680.


Founded in 1930, Charlotte Concerts’ mission is to present internationally acclaimed performing artists to the greater Charlotte community and to provide music education opportunities for students of all ages.  The music education programs enable students to attend concerts at no cost; to participate in music activities at their schools including Honors orchestras, bands, and choruses; to receive new, quality band and orchestra instruments; to perform in public settings; and to interact with professional artists in small group events.