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BPO looking for area's top vocal talent for singing competition

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is looking for the region's top vocal talent.

The winner will perform "Over the Rainbow" with the BPO at the "Buffalo Sings" concert on April 14. Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell will lead the concert, which will feature some of the region's top vocal ensembles.

The contest is open to anyone who is 14 or older and resides within a 60-mile radius of Buffalo. To enter, contestants must submit a video of themselves performing the song using the MIDI accompaniment available at, along with an application.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31. Up to 20 finalists will be selected on Feb. 19 to face off in the live finals held in Kleinhans' Mary Seaton Room on 7 p.m.  March 1.

The Buffalo Sings champion will be selected that night. That event will be free and open to the public.

Judges for the finals include Adam Luebke, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus music director; Mary Kate O'Connell, founder and artistic director of the musical theater company O'Connell and Company; Drea D'Nur, Buffalo-based recording artist and creator and star of the critically-acclaimed show "The Spirit of Nina"; and BPO Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell.


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