Broadway's Lauren Elder Wins 1st Place at Masters of Musical Whistling Competition
Broadway star Lauren Elder (HAIR, Side Show) won 1st Place Overall Female in The Masters of Musical Whistling International Competition on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, at The Barnsdall Art Park Gallery Theater in Hollywood, CA.
The competition included more than 30 contestants from all over the world, yet Elder was the only female to win any awards. She was also awarded 1st Place in the Self Accompaniment Division, where she performed a song she wrote, accompanying herself on the ukulele, and 2nd Place in the Live Band Division, where she performed the Benny Goodman tune, Flying Home.
"Lauren's whistling was beautiful. She touched my heart and I think that's what's music is all about," said two time World Champion Whistler, Geert Chatrou, who judged the competition. "Besides that, her stage appearance is astonishing. A true champion and ambassador for the art of whistling."
Lauren's father, Lee Elder, taught her how to whistle when she was four years old, but she didn't whistle publicly until 2011, when she started playing live shows of her original music, which features her whistling.
Watch Elder's award-winning performances below!
Elder released her self titled debut album of original music this year, which is available on iTunes, and is also known for her appearances on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," FX's "Louie," and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" Learn more at laureneldermusic.com.
Produced by World Champion Whistler, Carole Anne Kaufman, The Masters of Musical Whistling is an international festival, competition, and concert, dedicated to celebrate, promote, and revive the ancient art of musical whistling that has existed since the dawn of humanity. The Masters of Musical Whistling showcases the best whistlers in the world as instrumentalists of professional caliber. International performers, competitors and enthusiasts come from around the world to celebrate and enjoy musical whistling at the MMW. Learn more at mastersofwhistling.com.