Applications sought for Sierra Master Chorale Youth Vocal Competition |

Applications sought for Sierra Master Chorale Youth Vocal Competition

Emily Rice, first place winner 2013.
Submitted by Carolyn Valle |

InConcert Sierra is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Sierra Master Chorale Youth Vocal Competition in memory of Laura June Breen.

The first 10 applications received will participate in the competition, which will be at the Center for the Arts main stage at 2 p.m. an Oct. 12.

Contestants will vie for cash awards of $500 for first place and $250 for second place.

To qualify, singers must be between the ages of 12 and 21 and either a Nevada County resident or currently studying with a Nevada County music teacher.

The contestants will each perform two songs of contrasting nature such as varied tempos (fast, slow) or genres (classical, Broadway, popular, jazz.)

Recorded tracks for accompaniment are not allowed, however pianist and artistic director Ken Hardin will be available for those wishing piano accompaniment.

The online application is available on the InConcert Sierra website and the deadline is Sept. 26.

There is a $20 application fee, which includes a complimentary ticket to the event for a guest.

Last season’s 2013 winners were Emily Rice and Walter Aldrich who have been invited to sing at the competition as alumni.

“All I can say is ‘wow,’” concert attendee Joey Jordan said of last year’s competition.

“Amazing talent in these foothills and a deep appreciation to Ken Hardin and SMC for sharing these talented vocalists. They were all winners.”

Tickets for the competition are also available online.

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