Ninth Annual Esther Weil Student Music Competition Set for May 1

2018 Voice Winners, standing, from left:

Zachary Taglioli, 1st place, $1,000, Hammonton HS

Grace Mozitis, 2nd place, $500, Mainland Regional HS

Alan Rendzak, 3rd place, $250, Middle Twp HS

Hannah Rose Zoltowski, $150, Middle Twp HS

2018 Instrumental Winners, seated from left:

Aiden Seals, 1st place, Saxophone, $1,000, Mainland Regional HS

Dennis Xu, 2nd place, Piano, $500, Mainland Reg HS

Hans Derek Yu, 3rd place, Piano, $250, Egg Harbor Twp HS

Quine Mei, 4th place, Piano, $150, Egg Harbor Twp HS

OCEAN CITY - The Friends of the Ocean City Pops will sponsor its annual music competition for local high school students at 4 p.m. May 1, at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). This event is free and open to the public.

According to a release, the contest will feature three categories this year: vocal, instrumental and piano.

Cash prizes will be given to the top three winners in each category of $1,000, $500 and $250.

Judges for the competition will be Bill Scheible, conductor emeritus, Angel Garland, retired choral director, and Greg DiBona, graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a degree in piano performance.

Students must be living in or attending high school in Cape May or Atlantic counties.

Those who attend this event and will see phenomenal talent. Local retired school superintendent Stephen Gring will be master of ceremony for the event.

Accompanying the musicians on piano will be Scott Breiner.