South Carolina Philharmonic


October 16, 2008

SCP debuts 'Philharmonic Idol' competition

Winner to sing on stage with full orchestra at January concert.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Amateur singers longing for the spotlight can compete for a chance to sing live on the Koger Center stage during the South Carolina Philharmonic’s January “Dancing with the Phil” pops concert.

Much like the popular series on the Fox television network, eligible applicants will go before a three judge-panel at the USC School of Music between 4 and 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 only. The three judges are SCP Music Director Morihiko Nakahara, area musical theater director Scott Blanks and Tina Millhorn Stallard, assistant professor of voice at USC. The auditions are private and not open to either the public or other contestants.

Vocalists are welcome to sing any kind of music for the judges: pop, rock, blues, jazz, country, classical, etc. They must bring either a piano accompanist or recording accompaniment that does not include vocals and a music score of the song being sung for the judges to review.

To be eligible to compete, applicants must be 16 years old as of Dec. 1, 2008, legal U.S. citizens, either South Carolina residents or non-S.C. residents attending an accredited South Carolina high school or college and may not have a talent agent or be under a recording contract. A $5 application fee is required.

The winner must be able to perform with the SCP during “Dancing with the Phil” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 and at a 7:30 p.m. rehearsal on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.

The SCP is accepting applications from now until Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. Applications are available here or the SCP’s Columbia offices at 721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia, S.C. 29201. Applications and the $5 fee are to be mailed or delivered to the same address.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937   (F) 803.771.0268

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