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National Singing Competition in Savannah, GA, Seeks Applicants for 21st Annual Contest, Feb 24-28

September 19
10:48 PM 2013

The American Traditions Competition, a vocal contest held over five days in Savannah, Georgia, has announced a call for entries for its 21st annual event from February 24-28, 2014. The deadline for entries is November 4, 2013. More than $40,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to the best of the best, with $12,000 awarded to the winner of the Courtney Knight Gaines Gold Medal. Twenty-eight singers compete in front of five celebrated judges from stage and film through two nights of quarterfinals, one night of semi-finals and one night of finals.

Distinguished conductor, arranger, record producer and 2012 competition judge, Robert Sadin said of the American Traditions Competition, "Quite simply, I consider ATC to be a uniquely wonderful and invaluable cultural asset."

All of the past winners, and many of the competitors, have used their experience with the ATC to launch their careers in music, including Doug Carpenter; Co-winners, Ann Marie McPhail and Joshua Carswell; and the 2013 winner, Kimberly Hawkey (photo above). Last year's judges included jazz composer Bob Dorough and actress Anita Gillette.

The American Traditions Competition showcases contestants performing American Music from a diverse spectrum of established genres. Contestants must choose nine songs from which three programs must be presented. These programs are what the applicant plans to sing in each of three rounds of the competition. Each of the nine songs submitted on applications for the 2014 American Traditions Competition must have been composed by an American Composer (either natural born or naturalized American citizens), and must represent a distinct genre.

Applicants will be judged according to technique, artistry, performance and diversity of genres. Full details for contestants are available on the ATC website. For full details please visit

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