PRESTONSBURG — The curtain is set to rise on this year’s Big Sandy Idol competition, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, along with the Mountain Arts Center and premiere sponsor Gearheart Communications, has announced this year’s competitors.
The semifinals will be held Friday, March 9, and the championship competition on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets to the Regional Big Sandy Idol Competition are now on sale at the MAC by calling 1-888-MAC-ARTS (226-2787) or by visiting www.bigsandysingers.com.
Big Sandy Idol is a talent and scholarship competition that is held in 15 high schools across the five-county Big Sandy region (Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin). The competition, organized by the BSCTC Music Department, gives talented high-school singers the chance to compete for a full CD recording, a vocal scholarship to attend BSCTC, a spot with the Big Sandy Singers, and various other prizes.
The competition takes place over two nights. On the first night of competition, Friday, March 9, all students who placed second at their school will compete for a spot to compete against first-place winners on Saturday night and vie for the various championship prizes. The championship finals round, held on Saturday, March 10, will determine the 2012 Big Sandy Idol winner. During this night of competition, each of the first-place winners from the 15 schools will compete, along with the one student chosen from the Friday night competition.
The championship will also feature special performances by the Big Sandy Singers, the 2011 Idol Wildcard Champion Marlana VanHoose, and the 2011 Idol Champion Shaina Hunt Cercone.
For more information on Big Sandy Idol and other community-based music programs offered by BSCTC, visit www.bigsandysingers.com.
“We are so excited for the competition,” said BSCTC Music Director Laura Ford Hall. “Each year, we find exciting new singers and we are always amazed by the talent in our area.
“We would like to thank our Premiere Sponsor Gearheart Communications and our Gold Sponsor Jennifer Reynolds State Farm. Most importantly, the program could not be possible without our Big Sandy Idol Director Clayton Case, who has worked so hard this year to make the Idol shows happen.”
Hall added that everyone is invited and the BSCTC Music Department hopes everyone will come out on March 9 and 10 for the competition to support music education. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and are available at the Mountain Arts Center. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.