January 27, 2018

This year marks the 10th Annual Youth Singing Competition!

Thank you to all that competed, judged, hosted, produced, and supported the youth at this year’s competition!

2018 Child Category Winners
1st Place: Gabrielle Semenchuk
2nd Place: Keelie Zink
3rd Place: Joslyn Embury

2018 Teen Category Winners
1st Place: Zoie Bamm
2nd Place: Emily Jo Crews
3rd Place: Emma Maki



Northwest High School’s Cafetorium
6900 Rives Junction Rd. Jackson, MI 49201



  • CHILD: Age 12 and under
  • TEEN: Age 13 through 12th grade
  • GROUP/ENSEMBLE:  2 or more singers 12th grade or younger


5:00pm Competitors arrive for warm-up & rehearsal
6:30pm Doors open to spectators
7:00pm Competition begins


Tickets for Spectators

$5 per person
Spectator tickets are available for purchase at the door only, with cash, credit, or debit.

The box office will open to sell tickets to spectators at 6:30pm on the night of the event.



$25 per Child Competitor (Age 12 and younger)
$25 per Teen Competitor (Age 13 through 12th grade)
$25 per Group/Ensemble Competing (2 or more singers 12th grade or younger)

Please be prepared to answer the following questions during registration:

  1. What is the first and last name of the competitor(s)?
  2. What is the age of the competitor(s)?
  3. What song will your competitor(s) be singing and who is the composer?
  4. Will the competitor require our accompanist?
    (Note: Competitor must provide piano sheet music.)
  5. If the competitor will NOT require our accompanist, will they be bringing their own accompanist, or bringing a CD with the background music?
  6. What is the grade and school name of the competitor(s)?



Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. The amount of the cash prizes will be determined by the amount of registration fees collected.

The winners of the Child and Teen category will also get to co-host Mornings@Home on 106.9 Home.fm for a day!



Ann Holt, Jackie Livesay, Stephen Murphy, & Honorary Home.fm Judges


Accompanist & Host

Steven Owsley


Special Thanks to Our 2017-18 Media Sponsor!


Competition Guidelines and Details

There are three categories:

  • CHILD: Age 12 and under
  • TEEN: Age 13 through 12th grade
  • GROUP: 2+ participants of any ages (12th grade and younger)

Registration fee must be paid for online no later than January 20, 2018.

The event is open to all young people through the 12th grade. Performers must live in Jackson County or attend a Jackson County School.

Performances will be judged with the following criteria:

  • Tonal Quality: Support, tension, focus and resonance, projection, vowel placement
  • Breath: Depth and expansion, support, breath management/phrasing, posture
  • Musical Elements: Pitch, rhythmic/rest, intonation, tempo and pulse consistency, memorization, dynamics and phrasing
  • Presentation: Pronunciation/articulations, expressiveness, stage presence/poise, syllabic stress

Time slots for performers are determined by a random drawing.

The first place winners from the previous years cannot compete but can request to sing at the competition.

Each contestant is limited to a single musical number whether performing as a group or individually.

If using Center Stage Jackson pianist or stereo system, performers must provide their own accompaniment sheet music or background tracks. No lead vocals should be on accompaniment CDs.

If bringing your own pianist they will enter free of charge.

There is a limit of 20 slots determined by first come, first served.

There will be trophies and prizes for the top 3 places in each age category.

Piano, accompanist, and microphones will be provided.


Help Spread the Word!

Download half page flier



Becky Onnen, Competition Director


2017 Winners: Child Category

1st Place: Phoebe Harvey
2nd Place: Zoie Bamm
3rd Place: Peyton Lowder


2017 Winners: Teen Category

1st Place: Patricia Barrett
2nd Place: Ria McDermott
3rd Place: Danny Hirth