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Montreal Families

Singing contest to showcase local talent

Does your child have singing skills and the desire to compete?  If so, Vox Aeterna’s second annual voice competition may be just the place for them to showcase their skills.

The competition, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 21 in Pointe Claire, offers students between the ages of 12 and 23 the opportunity to compete as solo vocalists in the categories of Classical, Jazz, Pop/Country and Musical Theatre.  Participants are divided into four different age categories and may compete in more than one genre if desired.

Vox Aeterna is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the musical arts and encouraging local singers.  Co-founder Sheila Faour Warren said that the group members had noticed a lack of opportunities for young singers to compete in the Montreal area.

Performers will each present one song, and must have a live accompanist or be self-accompanied (no recordings).  Canadian and self-composed songs are encouraged (although not required). Singers will be judged on quality of voice, technical skills and overall presentation.

The winners of each category will be given the chance to sing on stage at the Festival de la Voix’s closing concert on Sunday, March 22 in Beaconsfield. The first, second and third place winners will receive studio time at Montreal recording studio Boutique du Son.

Warren says that although there are no specific entry requirements, the competition is designed for individuals who are already studying singing, either in private lessons or in school programs such as Glee clubs or musical theatre groups.

She says that the competition is a great way to discover new talent. One of last year’s finalists was a 16 year-old girl who came with two teachers and her high school principal. This unknown, last-minute entry beat out many older and more experienced singers to capture second prize.

“She just blew us away with her incredible voice,” Warren said.

The competition takes place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. Columba-by-the-lake Church in Pointe Claire.  Entries must be completed by February 13; cost is $25 per category. Proof of age and a copy of the music will be required on the day of competition.

For all the rules, competition details and a registration form, visit montrealvoicecompetition.ca

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