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Applications are available for the John Pierce Langs International Piano Competition. Pianists ages 18 and over may choose from three divisions (international, regional or non-competitive). For an application, write: Steven Bianchi, Amherst School of Music, 445 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221, or call 633-8142.

Auditions

The Western New York Chorale, which performs a repertoire of classical and light classical literature, has openings in all voice parts. For an audition appointment, call 833-0959. Auditions will be held in Church of the Ascension, Linwood Avenue at North Street.

The University at Buffalo department of theater and dance will hold auditions for its fall productions of "Dummies Ball" and "Hot L. Baltimore" on Sept. 6 and 7. An audition schedule and signup sheets will be posted Sept. 2 on the theater and dance call board in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. Scripts are available through August in the department library, 285 Alumni Arena. Call 645-6898, Ext. 1332, for information.

Area artists

Villa Maria Chorale Music Director Ireneusz Lukaszewski has been invited as a guest lecturer to the International Symposium of Choral Music of the Baltic and Hanseatic Cities. The event will be held Aug. 22 to 30 in Gdansk, Poland, as part of the city's millennium celebrations this year. The symposium also features lecturers such as Music Nobel Prize winner Eric Erikson, and Uwe Gronostay.

James G. Papas, a Buffalo artist, has an exhibition of his paintings, drawings and prints on view in Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester. The show, titled "New Work: Further Explorations, Inner Space Continuum: The Next Generation -- Spacescapes," will continue through Sept. 7.

Pick of the Crop Dance has hired Deborah Ann Trimble as its new director of development and marketing.

Patrick Fagan, president and chief operating officer of Shea's Performing Arts Center, was elected treasurer of the League of Historic American Theatres for a one-year term that began July 1.

Amherst Society of Artists will jury for membership Saturday. Artists experienced in any medium (except photography) are invited to submit up to three artworks for jurying. Amherst residency is not required. Dropoff time is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Clearfield Branch Library, 770 Hopkins Road, Williamsville. For information, call 826-1765.

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