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The American Traditions Vocal Competition: early bird deadline August 10!


The American Traditions Vocal Competition is announcing its 29th annual, international vocal competition.  Held each year in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, the ATC (our abbreviation) is a celebration of the diversity and history of the United States as told through all of the musical styles present in our country.  Choosing from a list of fifteen accepted genres, each performer crafts three mini-programs of three songs each to create one macro program of nine songs.  All songs must be listed in desired performance order on the application, and the first "mini program" should include corresponding audio recordings for each selection.  

Our preliminary judges listen to each applicant's audio selections without any information about the performer.  They listen for style, diction, intonation, tone, and all-around great singing. 

Who competes in this competition?  In the past few years, our winners and contestants have come to us from theater, opera, jazz, country, bluegrass, and pop spheres.  Top 20 contestants from American Idol and the Voice have been in our final rounds, singers with leading roles at the Met, on Broadway, on National Tours; headliners for jazz festivals, bluegrass state-sponsored tours, USO, U.S. Army Chorus, high school chorus teachers - you name it!  

Recent awards garnered by our singers: Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition First Place Winners, Grammy nomination for Best R&B song 2021, Grammy nomination for best Classical Solo Vocal Album 2021, Grammy Award win for Best Classical Solo vocal album 2021, Grammy nomination for best Choral-Classical album 2021, leading role at the Metropolitan Opera's season 2021-2022, leading role in large-scale Broadway production fall 2021, Finalist in Lotte Lenya Competition, singing backup for Christina Aguilera at Hollywood Bowl with LA Philharmonic.

Last year's judges: 
- Kurt Elling, 12-time Grammy-nominated and multi-Grammy winning Jazz artist
- Kate Baldwin, two-time Tony-nominated leading Broadway actress
- Lawrence Brownlee, internationally revered operatic tenor

We look forward to hearing your submissions and welcoming y'all to Savannah!

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