Gunnedah will be alive with the sound of music when the Gunnedah Eisteddfod returns in May.
Entries for the instrumental, music, and speech and drama sections will close on Friday, April 12, with hopes of big numbers.
Each year, children and adults from Gunnedah, Boggabri, Quirindi, Tamworth and further will come together to perform their hearts out in the hopes of winning first place.
Entry forms can be found at Second Edition Book Store or Gunnedah Fashion Fabrics, or online.
Gunnedah Eisteddfod Society's Margaret Amos said she was hoping all of the shire's schools would get involved.
"We're trying to get the word out there to schools and individuals to participate and the value they get in performing in front of an audience," she said.
The instrumental eisteddfod will start on Sunday, May 26 with open bands/ensemble day at the Gunnedah Band Hall.
This section will be adjudicated by James Brice, concert band conductor and head of performing arts at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga.
The instrumental eisteddfod continues until Tuesday, May 28 at the Gunnedah Town Hall.
Mrs Amos said the society aimed to find a new adjudicator every year.
"We try and get different people every year to see what their slant is on what's important [in performing]," Mrs Amos said.
"The calibre of the adjudicators is very high ... so they can give great feedback to the performers."
The music section will run from Wednesday, May 29 until Saturday, June 1, and will feature choral, vocal and piano performances for young and old. This section will be adjudicated by internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Paul Jarman.
The speech and drama section will then run from Monday, June 3 until Thursday, June 6, and will be adjudicated by Anneliese McCarthy.
Last but certainly not least will be the Mature Aged Eisteddfod at Mackellar Care's Alkira campus on Wednesday, June 5.
The theme for this eisteddfod is "laugh", and will feature choral, poetry, instrumental and wheelchair dancing.
The dance eisteddfod will be held later in the year, with more details to come.