by Gina Myers

Saginaw is rich in gospel talent. But if you don't attend a church that has a choir, you may not know this, which is one of the reasons why the Temple Theatre is sponsoring a city-wide gospel singing competition for small groups and large choirs. This competition is the first of its kind to take place in Saginaw. And while the chance to perform on stage at the Temple Theatre in front of a large audience should certainly attract a number of groups, the $1,500 first place prize money might help attract some too.

The event will take place over the course of three nights, September 9, 10 and 11, with the first two nights as preliminary rounds, and the last night featuring ten finalists. A judging panel made up of special guest musical experts and gospel artists will judge the groups, scoring their presentation and showmanship, intonation and pitch, voicing balance/technical accuracy, emotion, originality and audience appeal. Categories include duo, trio, quartet, group/chorale, and choir.

First prize is $1,500; second prize is $1,000; and third prize is $500. There will be a number of additional prizes awarded to participants in various categories. The first prize winner will also be asked to perform at the Temple Theatre with the Saginaw Choral Society in a future concert.

Spots are limited, so register as soon as possible. Registration deadline is Monday, August 2 at 4 pm. For more information, visit the Temple Theatre's website, where you can download the rules, regulations, and registration form. Tickets for the event go on sale on July 15. Cost of entry for the first two nights is $5 per night, and $15 on Finals Night.

© Gina Myers, 2010