5th annual Youth Vocal Competition set for Sunday | TheUnion.com

5th annual Youth Vocal Competition set for Sunday

Kevin Anderson is one of the competitor's in Sunday's Youth Vocal Competition.
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Nine contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 21, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday before a panel of judges and the community at Sierra Master Chorale’s fifth annual Youth Vocal Competition.

The performance will be at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

“The contestants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. It is always amazing to experience the quality of the performances we get,” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin, who is also music director for the Sierra Master Chorale. “It’s a really great show for the audience.”

The winning contestant will earn a $500 grand prize and second place will receive $250.

The contestants are all from Nevada County and will sing two contrasting songs each.

This year’s repertoire is lively and varied — featuring works from Queen and Billy Joel to Broadway favorites to a classical piece by George Frideric Handel.

This year’s contestants are:

— Beau Glenn, 12

— Grace McDaniel, 13

— Elizabeth Allen, 14

— Maddie Ash, 14

— Morgan Fries, 17

— Hailey Patrick, 17

— Sara Messervey, 17

— Talen Andersen, 18

— Kevin Anderson, 21

A panel of three judges — vocal music professionals Ryan Murray, Janet Rossman and Daniel Zuckerman — will oversee the contestants.

“The competition aspect adds another layer to the experience. It comes down to the judges perception of who presents the most compelling performance,” Hardin said. “It also gives the young contestants valuable experience in a live music performance.”

Each contestant will receive a YouTube clip and professional photos of their performance, free of copyright.

The emcee for the Vocal Competition will be Dawn Simmons.

She has appeared locally in numerous musicals, including the feature roles of Marian in “The Music Man,” and Cinderella in “Into the Woods.”

Simmons earned her Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has traveled around the world and appeared in hundreds of productions on land, and at sea on cruise ships.

Last year’s winner, Hannah Muzio, will return home for a weekend from college to perform for the audience while the judges tabulate the results from this year’s competition.

Tickets to the competition are $10 for general admission and $5 for youth, ages 17 and under (there is an additional $3 fee if purchased online) and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at http://www.inconcertsierra.org, or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. Each admission includes a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, go to http://www.inconcertsierra.org.

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