Thursday, October 30, 2014
Pittsburgh’s youngest songbirds should start warming up their vocal cords.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust seeks student singers for its fifth annual Sing-Off Competition. The winner will perform live at the Benedum Center during Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015, an all ages, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration highlighting the city’s arts. The winner will also receive two $500 cash prizes for themselves and their school’s music department.
The competition welcomes individual students and student groups of 20 members or fewer from grades 6 through 12. The students must be affiliated with a middle or high school in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Last year’s winner was Savannah Wiggins, from Penn Hills High School.
Contestants should submit a video performance of two songs, one of which must be a Motown classic to coincide with Motown the Musical 's tour stop here, Dec. 30 to Jan. 4. The students should upload the performance videos, which must be less than 10 minutes long, on YouTube, then submit it on the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015 website.
An internal panel will review the performances, and narrow things down to five contestants, from among whom a guest judge will select a winner.
The video and application deadline is midnight on Fri., Nov. 21.