Press O Say Can You Sing_04.28.2014

BSO Announces Seventh Annual “O, Say Can You Sing?” Competition on May 12 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Baltimore, Md. (April 28, 2014) – Capitalizing on the appeal of singing competition shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol,” the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces its seventh annual singing competition, “O, Say Can You Sing?” Contestants will vie for the chance to sing the national anthem alongside the BSO in front of thousands at the BSO’s annual Star-Spangled Spectacular concerts held at Baltimore County’s Oregon Ridge Park (Cockeysville, Md.), July 3-4, 2014. Please see below for complete competition and event details.

The competition is open to singers ages eight to 18. Auditions will take place by appointment only on Monday, May 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, in front of a judging panel. Parental permission will be required of all contestants under the age of 18. Audition times will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Contestants must be able to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the key of B-flat major (starting note is F) or A-flat major (starting note is E-flat) along with an accompanist provided by the BSO. Contestants will be judged on singing ability and stage presence.

COMPLETE REGISTRATION INFORMATION
To register, click here to fill in the online registration form and download a waiver form which is required to audition. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Auditions will take place by appointment only on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Audition times will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Winners will be required to attend the Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3-4, 2014.


COMPLETE EVENT DETAILS
Star-Spangled Spectacular
Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8 p.m. – Oregon Ridge Park
Friday, July 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. – Oregon Ridge Park

Damon Gupton, conductor
Soloman Howard, bass

Join the BSO for an all-American holiday celebration featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and more, choreographed to an amazing fireworks display! Plus hear the BSO’s “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest winner(s) perform the National Anthem. Arrive starting at 5 p.m. for fun activities for the kids and delicious eats from local food trucks.

Tickets are general admission lawn seating and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, BSOmusic.org or 410.783.8000 or at the park gate. Advanced tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children under 12. If purchased at the gate, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

Free parking is available at the Verizon lot on Shawan Road with shuttle to the park. Permits for onsite parking can be purchased for $12 in advance from the BSO Ticket Office or for $15 at the gate.

Gates will open at 5 p.m . and local vendors will be onsite with food and beverages available for purchase. Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a full evening of entertainment with the BSO.

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