Audience Favorite Vote for Opera Vocal Competition – Jackson
Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 pm
The public is invited to vote for the Audience Favorite during the Eleventh Annual Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Performing Arts Center located downtown at 215 W. Michigan Ave. Aspiring young classical singers from the Northeastern United States will travel to Jackson to compete for scholarship prize money. Judged on their singing ability as well as their stage presence and ability to entertain, the finalists will be selected earlier in the day from among 30 semi-finalists. Bart Hawley of JTV will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
The goal of the Harold Haugh Vocal Competition is to discover classically trained singers who have developed the ability to combine acting and singing, and to encourage them to further develop their talent. The singers must be able to sing with piano accompaniment and without microphones or other electronic assistance. The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of professional singers and vocal instructors who have performed at worldwide venues and include Mr. George Shirley of the University of Michigan School of Music, Ms. Melanie Helton of the Michigan State University School of Music, Ms. Susan Anthony of the Indiana University School of Music, and Ms. Nada Radakovich of the Flint School of Music.
Scholarships totaling $5,300 will be awarded, including a First Place Scholarship of $2,500 to the overall winner and smaller awards to the remaining finalists. The audience will select their favorite for an additional $100 award and the Jackson Symphony will award an additional $500 for a future concert appearance with the JSO. Ms. Kate Tombaugh, the Harold Haugh 2012 First Place Winner, will sing with the Jackson Symphony at the upcoming March 15 concert at the Potter Center.
In addition to the Jackson Symphony, this unique musical event is sponsored jointly by the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, the Comic Opera Guild of Ann Arbor, the Jackson Community Foundation, the Dorothy Blakely Foundation, JTV, and several private donors.
Admission is free to all music lovers. Following the Finals Concert, a no-cost reception will be held at One-Five-One West Michigan, where the audience can meet the young singers and the judges.
For further information contact John Guidinger at 517-789-5436 or the JSO at 517-782-3221.
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