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The Vocal Factor - A Singing Competition!

Competition Round: Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm

Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

  • Camille Hodgkins - Senior Division
  • Liam O-Brien - Junior Division

The annual Vocal Factor competition, for enrolled students between the ages of 10 and 18, is open to all singers and genres from Broadway to Classical to Rock to Jazz.

The competition is conducted in two rounds. The preliminary round consists of an a cappella audition in front of three judges (yes, like the initial round of American Idol auditions - but with nicer judges). For the competition round, final contestants perform with a backing music track in front of a live audience. All finalists receive an MP3 recording of their performance.

  • Senior Division: Ages 13-18 (as of 3/4/2017). First prize =a two-hour professionally engineered recording session at WCMS with a complimentary in-session vocal coaching, plus a $100 cash prize.
  • Junior Division: Ages 10-12 (as of 3/4/2017): First prize =a complimentary 45-minute vocal coaching, plus a $25 iTunes gift card.

The Vocal Factor is co-hosted by Voice Department Chair Norina Rowen and Underground Department Chair Mike Verge. Judges include Holly Zagaria, mezzo-soprano, professional vocalist; Matt Pendergast, music producer & WCMS recording engineer; and musicians from the Hank Wonder Trio. The Competition Round is professionally recorded by Matt Pendergast.