CSU hosts 11th annual Singer of the Year competition

Video by Elizabeth Ruiz for CTV News.

Which of CSU’s top-notch vocalists will sing their way to the top?

The annual Singer of the Year competition will make its return on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.

Tickets are free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

The Singer of the Year competition features the top singers from the Colorado State University Music Vocal undergraduate degree program, selected from a larger preliminary round on the previous Wednesday.

2014 winner Vanessa Doss
2014 winner Vanessa Doss

This popular competition features CSU’s finest undergraduate vocal students competing for awards and scholarships. The awards include the $5,000 top Singer of the Year Award, the Charles and Reta Ralph Undergraduate Scholarship, the Most Improved Award and the James McDonald Memorial Scholarship.

The awards are based on the students’ vocal performance and on progress toward their degree. The jury of judges consists of CSU voice area faculty Tiffany Blake, John Seesholtz, Susan Hochmiller, Steven Aguilo-Arbues and guest adjudicator Catherine Kasch from the Lamont School of Music at University of Colorado-Denver. Additionally, the preliminary round features guest judge Michelle Thompson from Metropolitan State University.

“The Singer of the Year is the crowning event for the undergraduates in the voice program at CSU,” said CSU’s Ralph Opera Center benefactor Charles Ralph. “It is our privilege to observe the growth in skill and confidence of these students over the following years, and when they arrive at the Singer of the Year competition we always marvel at how accomplished these very young singers have become.”