On this page, we are featuring some of the cities we have been fortunate enough to visit. For summer festivals, you can’t beat outdoor venues such as the beautiful bandshell that provided a big stage for the contestants at Minnetonka Sings. Many types of sponsors hosts each city event. Thanks to the Glen Lake Optimist Club for holding Minnetonka Sings. They are a service group whose mission is bringing out the best in youth. They had a perfect day for their event!
ST. JAMES SINGS- 2017-Our lead volunteer was also able to attend the St. James Sings which was held as part of Railroad Days. This year one of the singers from last year was the MC! Thanks to their work, they now have representatives that will sing for their city in September. Thanks to the cities that hold this opportunity for their local talent- we can’t wait to hear them at the State Competition in September!
HARMONY SINGS- JULY 2nd- This town of just 1,020 residents held their event in the Old Legion Hall and welcomed 6 contestants to the first ever Event.
A note to other Sings Cities, it doesn’t take a great deal of equipment or even space to host a Sings Competition. A flyer that lets everyone know when, where and how to connect with organizers is key. Minnesota Sings will create those flyers when you send your info to us. Then choose judges who have knowledge of vocal music and can use the judging template to score on 4 main criteria- Vocal Quality, Audience Appeal, Presentation and Judge’s Overall Impression. This is the same judges sheet used in the State Competition.
A simple PA with a microphone is fine, or you may choose to use the set up from an act that follows or precedes your event. Monitors are great, and vocalists appreciate them, but if you can’t make that happen, use what you can to give your contestants a chance to be heard. Thanks to our volunteer Chuck who has visited 6 Sings events this summer. We love seeing how each city approaches the opportunity to advance 2 singers to represent their community. See you in September!
BUFFALO SINGS- Held in June, this was the first time this city has participated in a Sings qualifying event. The hillside venue was a perfect place to watch and hear the contestants perform. Congratulations to the winners Abby and Justine who advanced on to the Minnesota Sings competition.