More than 80 string players will compete in the first Melba Lindsay Burton Youth String Competition today at Salt Lake Community College.

Held as a memorial to Burton, a noted teacher who died last February, the competition is sponsored by the American WEst Symphony and Chorus. Prizes in four categories - elementary, intermediate, junior and advanced - total more than $2,000. In addition, a grand-prize winner will be selected to solo with the American West Symphony.Preliminary rounds Saturday will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the finals and awards ceremony to begin at 6:30 p.m., all in the SLCC Technology Building.

The public is invited and admission is free.