ST. GEORGE – The Stage Door, a vocal, acting and performing arts organization in St. George is presenting a two-day vocal competition and workshop Friday-Saturday, culminating with a concert Saturday at 7 p.m., at the Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle in St. George.
The “Southern Utah Vocal Edge” competition was designed to give budding singers the opportunity to participate in an “American Idol” type of competition but with the added bonus of receiving constructive feedback as well as workshops throughout the competition.
“Pretty much anything The Stage Door does has education in there,” said Kerry Perry, a member of the board of directors for The Stage Door.
Preliminary rounds of the competition will be judged by area voice teachers and performing artists. The finale will be judged by leaders in the singing industry who will also teach master classes throughout the two days.
Perry said that this is the perfect competition for singers because it caters solely to vocal performers. Contestants will not have to compete against dancers, actors, magicians or other performing artists.
Meet the finale judges
Dean Kaelin – Kaelin is the founder and CEO of International Voice Teachers of Mix and a private voice instructor. Kaelin’s students have included finalists in both “American Idol” and “The Voice” reality television singing competitions including David Archuleta, Brooke White, Carmen Rasmusen and Jenn Blosil, according to his biography on The Stage Door website.
Bradley Quinn Lever – Lever is a member of the performing group GENTRI, an actor and the owner/founder of LIONHART Production Company, a multimedia production company.
Carmen Rasmusen Herbert – Herbert was a finalist on season two of “American Idol.” She is a singer, musician, author, motivational speaker and entertainment writer for the Deseret News.
Break-out sessions and master classes will include instruction and feedback in studio recording, vocal performance, vocal science, marketing yourself, social media marketing such as YouTube video production and auditioning.
Several preliminary rounds of competition will be held with participants receiving constructive feedback during the process. The first round of competition will be a no-cut round, Perry said.
A finale concert held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Electric Theater will cap off the weekend’s competition. The top two singers from each age group will perform at the finale. The concert will also feature performances from the judges as well as other special guests, Perry said.
The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $12.50.
Singers can sign up for the “Southern Utah Vocal Edge” competition online. The entire two-day competition and workshop is $85 which includes all the classes even if the singer is cut from the competition portion, an expo with services and resources for singers and two tickets to the finale concert.
Winners in each age group will receive cash prizes and the grand prize winner will receive a photoshoot worth $250, a recording studio package from Spiral Studios, vocal coaching and more.
The price for the competition will increase to $100 after Wednesday.
- What: “Southern Utah Vocal Edge” singing competition
- When: Competition, Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, see schedule | Concert: Saturday, 7 p.m.
- Where: The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle, St. George
- Cost: Competition, $85 ($100 after Wednesday) | Concert: $12.50
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