2020 Winners

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Young Voices 1

1st Place: Justin S. from the studio of Elexa Bancroft, Atlanta Music Education. 

Listen: Seize The Day 

 

2nd Place: Phoebe Rose C. from the studio of Adriana Janse van Rensburg. 

Listen: The Good Ship Lollipop, So This Is Love


3rd Place: Olivia G. from the studio of Elexa Bancroft, Atlanta Music Education

Listen: Popular, God Help the Outcasts


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Young Voices 2

1st Place: Maddie H.,from the studio of Laura McMahan, Atlanta Music Education

Listen: Wondering


2nd Place: Allie H., from the studio of Ms. Bukie, Atlanta Music Education

Listen: Part Of Your World, Popular


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Middle School General Enrty

1st Place: Camila H., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Daryl is a Boy, Ring of Keys


2nd Place: Elizabeth H., from the studio of Amy Little, United Music Studios

Listen: Requiem, Almost There


3rd Place Tie: Sarah Serena T., from the studio of Adriana Van Rensburg  

Listen: Feed the Birds, I Whistle a Happy Tune


Reese Brogan, from the studio of Amy Little, United Music Studios


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Early High School General Entry

1st Place: Piper B., from ESM voice studio

Listen: The View From Here, Pur dicesti, o bocca bocca bella


2nd Place: Bea H., from the studio of Lucas Tarrant

Listen: Home, Danza danza


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Early High School Classical Music

1st Place: Kara S., from the studio of Brenda Dawe

Listen: Everywhere I Look, L'Heure Exquise


2nd Place: Piper B., from ESM voice studio

Listen: The Singer


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Early High School Musical Theatre

1st Place: Moira P., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Times Are Hard For Dreamers, No One Else


2nd Place: Matias H., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Santa Fe, Moving Too Fast


3rd Place:  Lorelei C., from the studio of Lucas Tarrant

Listen: Adelaide's Lament, She Used To Be Mine


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Late High School General Entry

1st Place:  Samantha S., from the studio of Amy Little, United Music Studios

Listen: Much More, Dyin' Ain't So Bad, Panis Angelicus


2nd Place:  Emma A., from the studio of Pedro Carreras, United Music Studios

Listen: There's a Fine, Fine Line, Sure on this Shining Night, L’ho perduta, me meschina!


3rd Place: Alexa M., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Love Will Come and Find Me Again, Amarilli, Into the Night


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Late High School Classical Music

1st Place: Arin F., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Summertime, Il mio bel foco, My Johann


2nd Place: Katherine B., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Le violette, The K'e, I Attempt From Love's Sickness


3rd Place: Jimmy C., from ESM voice studio

Listen: Vado ben spesso, O Mistress Mine, An die Musik


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Late High School Musical Theatre

1st Place: Catherine S. , from the studio of Natalie Pitchford

Listen: The Beauty Is, Journey to the Past


2nd Place: Arin F., from ESM voice studio

Listen: I Cain't Say No, Like Love, Mister Snow


3rd Place: Alexis McC., from the studio of Madison Allen

Listen: Take Me To The World, What's Wrong With Me?, In Short


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Singer Songwriter Jr.

1st Place: Avery F., from the studio of Elexa Bancroft, Atlanta Music Education

Listen: Far Away


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Singer Songwriter

1st Place: Samantha G., from the studio of Cristina Dinella

Listen: Can You Hear Me?, Pretty Girl

 

2nd Place:  Olivia J.

Listen: Change (Can Be A Good Thing), Will You Catch Me?


3rd Place: Alexis McC., from the studio of Madison Allen

Listen: Goodbye, Never Being Alone


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Musical Theatre Triple Threat

1st Place: Zara K., from the studio of Elexa Bancroft, Atlanta Music Education

Listen: Born to Entertain


2nd Place: Sarah Serena T., from the studio of Adriana Van Rensburg

Listen: My New Philosophy


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Small Ensemble

InTone Nation from New Manchester High School, Trey Giddens Conductor

Listen: Retrograde, Gravity, Freedom


Bella Voce from New Manchester High School, Trey Giddens Conductor

Listen: Stronger


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Stack It

1st Place:  Catherine S., from the studio of Natalie Pitchford 

Listen: Once Upon Another Time


2nd Place:  Jimmy C., from ESM voice studio

Listen: After You've Gone


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Set The Scene

1st Place: Railey S.

Grizabella The Glamour Cat


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EXTRA AWESOME AWARDS

Ishanvi S., the judges love your spunk and creativity! From the studio of Jennifer Peterson, Sing Like A Star Studios

Listen: I Know It's Today,


Mallory B., the judges applaud your creative use of props and your musicality. From ESM voice studio. 

Listen: Watch What Happens, I Remember



Ebony G. All three of your judges thank you for your absolute authenticity. 

Listen: Easy As Life, Change, The Movie in my Mind


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a round of applause for our fabulous judges!!!

we could not have done it without you.

Brian Osborne, M.M., Reinhardt University

Amy Little, ASO, Atlanta Opera, United Music Studios

Dr. Jonathan Pilkington, private studio, Georgia State University

Deanna Miao, Confident Music Studio, Portland Music Theater Company

Rebecca Duren, M.M., Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Beverly Blouin, B.Mus., private studio

Lucas Tarrant, M.M., private studio, conductor and founder: North Atlanta Voices

Wayne Gilreath, M.M. in collaborative piano, private studio

Elexa Bancroft, M.M., private studio, Atlanta Music Education, Capital City Opera

Jennifer Zuiff, B.M., singer-songwriter. 

Dr. Cynthia Vaughn, Magnolia Music Studios, pedagogy goddess

Heather Batey, M.M., private studio

Andrew Gaylord, M.A., composer, playwright, teacher

Kathryn Allen, songwriter, private studio, all things theatre

Eden Casteel, private studio, one woman show

Jose Caballero, B.M., private studio, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Music Education

Jessica Fielder, NATS Michigan President, Sutton Foster Award Adjudicator,

Erin Shepherd Murray, B.M., private studio, GANATS chair of private studio outreach

Tom Fitzstephens, M.M., Lakeside HS, Capital City Opera

Andi Bodway-Werneth, actress, singer, video maven, and adjudication goddess


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***Judges only judge categories in which they DO NOT have students. No judge had access to teacher names during the judging process. 

COMPETE FOR A CAUSE 2020

Well guys, we're moving to the interwebs this year! Although this year's competition will not have the "festival feel" of years past, you will have a great degree of control over your performance as we are moving to video submissions! PACA's recommendation? Have FUN recording your songs!!!


Here's what's the same: 

  • We will be here to support you through this journey. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. 
  • Your adjudicators will watch your video(s) and respond with loving kindness, attention, and constructive comments and criticism. 
  • We will give out TONS of prizes and encouragement awards!
  • At 4:00 on April 25th here will be an online ceremony in which we announce winners and play the winning videos. Details TBA. 
  • This competition functions as a fundraiser. All proceeds directly fund scholarships for students in need.


Here's what's different: 

  • Each student should make a video of his or her song(s) and upload them to YouTube. Each song should be a separate video and should include a slate (introduction of yourself and your song).
  •  The YouTube settings must be set to "public" so your adjudicators are able to view them. 



The Details: 

PACA's annual fundraising competition is for students of voice in 1st-12th grade. 


YouTube videos must be submitted by 11:59 on April 18. 

All rules and instructions are listed below. 


Winners will be honored in an online ceremony April 25 at 4:00 PM. More info to come. 


***If you wish to compete but the cost is prohibitive to you, please contact Erin at erinshepherdmurray@gmail.com for a sliding scale registration form. 


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Video Submission

The rules for video submission are located in "The Rules" section. Please follow them carefully so there's no confusion later. 


You do not need fancy audio or video equipment! Your phone is a perfect device. 


Although you may upload your videos when you do your initial registration, it is definitely not required. You may also go ahead and register and then upload later by clicking "SUBMIT VIDEOS HERE".


Click below to submit your videos whenever you're ready--just make sure they're uploaded by April 18 at 11:59 PM!

Rules and Regulations

  1. Deadline For Entry and video submission is April 18 at 11:59PM.
  2. Open to students in 1st-12th grade.
  3. Results will be announced in an online awards ceremony/winner's recital at 4:00 on April 25th, exact details TBA.
  4. Registration fee is $40.
  5. All singers should use accompaniment of some sort. A cappella singing will be disqualified. Since most students will be using pre-recorded accompaniment tracks, we have a few guidelines and suggestions: 
  6. Piano accompaniment is preferred over full-scored karaoke tracks. 
  7. When recording your video, do a test run to make sure the accompaniment isn't too loud or too soft. You can place your speaker at different distances between you and the camera until you find the perfect balance. 
  8. Finding the perfect accompaniment track can be tricky. Many can be found on YouTube, but if you want more control over your track, we here at PACA cannot recommend the app Appcompanist enough. It is magic in your iPhone, and they've rolled out a 30 day free trial to help us get through this epidemic. 
  9. We also enjoy PianoTrax.
  10. If you cannot find a pre-recorded accompaniment for your piece, there are many pianists out there who will jump at the chance to record an accompaniment just for you! Pricing for this service varies. Please reach out to us if you need to find an accompanist. We have an extensive list :)
  11. All musical selections should be appropriate to the student’s age, maturity level, and physical/emotional abilities. Please carefully consider subject matter, language, and physical demands. This rule especially applies to our younger singers. 
  12. Students entering more than one category will pay the initial registration fee of $40 and then $15 for each additional category. If you wish to register for more than two categories, please contact us so we can register you correctly. 
  13. If you wish to compete but the cost is prohibitive to you, please contact Erin at erinshepherdmurray@gmail.com for a sliding scale registration form. 
  14. Judging criteria will evaluate appropriateness of repertoire, health and function of the vocal mechanism, technique, connection to text, and appropriate stage movement.
  15.  All students will be provided with constructive, written feedback from impartial and experienced adjudicators.
  16. All students will introduce themselves and their pieces. See instructions below. 
  17. Please dress in a way that makes you feel AMAZING when you sing. For most people, that means a dress or a jacket and tie, but that is not required. 


Song Introductions (Slates) - Mandatory for Grades 6-12 (recommended for all students)

Please introduce your performance in the following manner:

"My name is {your name}  and I will be starting with {song title} by {composer} OR from {show}. 

Examples:

•My name is John McGill. Today I will be starting with "Come raggio di sol" by Antonio Caldara. 

•Hello, my name is Emma Mann. I will begin with "On My Own" from Les Miserables.

Divisions and Requirements

Young Voices 1

Middle School General Entry

Young Voices 1

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1st-3rd grades

One or two songs from the following categories: 

Musical theatre, classical, Disney, folk songs.

Young Voices 2

Middle School General Entry

Young Voices 1

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4th and 5th grades

Two songs from the following categories: 

Musical theatre, classical, Disney, folk songs.


Middle School General Entry

Middle School General Entry

Early High School Musical Theatre

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6th - 8th grades

Two contrasting songs. At least one must be from a broadway musical, the other one may be from a Disney show, classical repertoire, a spiritual, or a folk song.

Early High School Musical Theatre

Early High School Musical Theatre

Early High School Musical Theatre

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9th and 10th grades

Two songs in contrasting styles.

One song must be from a Broadway or Off-Broadway show; the other may be non-Broadway Disney. 

Early High School Classical Music

Early High School Musical Theatre

Early High School Classical Music

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9th and 10th grades

Two songs in contrasting styles. Please show us two different languages and time periods. This category consists solely of music from the traditional classical repertoire, including(age appropriate!!!) arias, oratorio, art song, Spirituals, and classically set folk songs.

Early High School General Entry

Early High School Musical Theatre

Early High School Classical Music

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9th and 10th grades

Two songs: one musical theatre, one from the traditional classical repertoire.

Late High School Musical Theatre

Late High School Musical Theatre

Late High School Musical Theatre

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11th and 12th grades

Three contrasting pieces. Of the three, two must be from Broadway or Off-Broadway shows; one may be non- Broadway Disney or Cabaret (e.g.Taylor the Latte Boy, etc.). 

Late High School Classical Music

Late High School Musical Theatre

Late High School Musical Theatre

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11th and 12th grades

3 songs in contrasting styles. Please show us at least two different languages and time periods. This category consists solely of music from the traditional classical repertoire, including (age appropriate!!!) arias, oratorio, art song, Spirituals, and classically set folk songs.


Late High School General Entry

Late High School Musical Theatre

Late High School General Entry

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11th and 12th grades

Three songs: one musical theatre from Broadway or Off-Broadway shows, one from the traditional classical repertoire (including {age appropriate!!!} arias, oratorio, art song, Spirituals, and classically set folk songs), and one song in your choice of genre.  

Avocational Adult

Songwriter Spotlight 1

Late High School General Entry

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Ages 18-28

Pre-professional and avocational singers only, please!

Three songs any style.

You choose your first song, the judges choose what they want to hear next! 

Songwriter Spotlight 1

Songwriter Spotlight 1

Songwriter Spotlight 1

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Grades 1-6

One or two songs written by YOU. Any style. You must provide your own instrumentation. 

Songwriters - please bring music or lyrics or chords or tabs with you to give to the the judges. Just something they can look at while listening to your music. 

Songwriter Spotlight 2

Songwriter Spotlight 1

Songwriter Spotlight 1

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Grades 6-12

Two or three songs written by YOU. Any style. You must provide your own instrumentation. 

Songwriters - please bring music or lyrics or chords or tabs with you to give to the the judges. Just something they can look at while listening to your music. 

Small Ensemble General Entry

Small Ensemble General Entry

Small Ensemble General Entry

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One song, any style, performed by a small ensemble (2-12 people). These could be selections from your school musical, a cappella group, choir small ensemble group, or something you prepare especially for this!

Triple Threat!

Small Ensemble General Entry

Small Ensemble General Entry

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Each student prepares a cohesive selection/scene of singing, dancing, and acting. This could consist of a monologue into a song with a dance break, or of a ballet into a super-acty song with talking, or a song/scene that consists of all three. Sing! Act! Dance! There are no strict rules for this category. Put together whatever your imagination allows and show the judges what an amazing triple threat you are!

QUARANTINE CATEGORIES!

Stack It

Set The Scene

Set The Scene

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Use technology to stack harmonies, loop sounds, and arrange a song! You may use instruments or just your voice - the most important thing to use is your imagination! You can do this by yourself or with a friend or sibling. We're making up the rules as we go along - so play, be creative, and make some amazing music!

Set The Scene

Set The Scene

Set The Scene

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You have your whole house, so use it! This category is for the creative, the dramatic, the theatrical kid who loves to go over the top, so we're inviting you to do just that! 


Set the scene involves a FULL ON PERFORMANCE, including sets (you can make it or you can find it. For instance, if you sang Lost in the Woods? Go to the woods! What Baking Can Do? Bake a pie!  You can don a costume, involve siblings, pets, parents, or sing to (or with?) stuffed animals. HAVE FUN and make an amazing video!!!


**This is the only category in which you can mess with the sound. If you'd like to pre-record yourself singing, you may so you're free to go wild.