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Register now for Geneva music contest

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Registration will begin Tuesday, Feb. 1, for the Granquist Music Competition, the largest music competition in the state of Illinois. This year's event will be held Saturday, June 25, at Geneva Community High School, 416 McKinley Ave. Teachers are encouraged to enroll students as early as possible. Entries will be accepted until the contest is filled.

This is the 41st year of the competition established in 1970 by music educator Herb Granquist. Students are grouped by instrument, age and years of instruction. A first, second and third place is awarded in each class. Solos, duets and ensembles are all encouraged to register.

There are three levels of competition -- Olympic, Concert and Performing. After the Granquist Competition, first place Olympic level recipients will perform at a premiere free concert/contest to be held at 6 p.m. July 17 at the First Baptist Church of Geneva. The winners of this event receive scholarship money to further their education. Olympic finalists who are not recipients of the three top awards will receive a small cash award honoring Rita Johnson's many years of service.

To view the brochure, rules and regulations and to register online, visit To receive an application by mail or for payment assistance, call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at (630) 232-6060. The competition is presented as part of Swedish Days-A Midsommar Festival hosted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.