Savannah Music Festival Announces Quarterfinalists American Traditions Competition

Select vocalists vie for more than $35,000 in cash awards and other prizes in four-day event

The 16th annual American Traditions Competition returns to the historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts for its final round during the 2009 Savannah Music Festival. The illustrious four-day vocal showcase hosts 28 singers from around the United States between April 1 and 4. Judges narrowed the field of talent to these gifted vocalists after receiving the highest number of applicants in the last five years.

A panel of three voice experts spent several weeks independently listening to and grading all 99 applicants. Nancy Mercer Gerard, niece of Johnny Mercer, remarks, “It was not an easy job as there were so many skilled and engaging singers.” Every Quarterfinalist who competes in Savannah is guaranteed a $300 award. The Oxnard Gold Medalist wins $12,000, second place receives $6,000 with the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation Silver Medal, and the Stanton Bronze Medal garners $3,000. The two runners-up each receive $1,200. One finalist receives special recognition for the best rendition of a Johnny Mercer song, made possible by the Friends of Johnny Mercer and Armstrong Atlantic State University.

All contestants compete in Quarterfinal rounds at Trinity United Methodist Church on April 1-2 at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Of those quarterfinalists, ten are selected to move on to the Semifinal rounds on April 3, each receiving a $600 cash award. Five contestants are chosen to compete in the Finals on April 4 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. All rounds of the competition are open to the public.

For ticket information, call (912) 525-5050 or visit www.savannahmusicfestival. org.

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