Inaugural Rockford Idol comes to RHS

It’s no secret that the young musicians at Rockford High School (RHS) are consistently among the best in the state. Rockford students shine every year in the annual musical, marching band competitions, local bands, Solo & Ensemble, Band and Choir Festivals, and many other activities. And starting April 19-20, there is a new opportunity to hear the best young musicians at the high school: Rockford Idol.

This solo singing competition will feature the finest Rockford student singers in a two-night competition to be crowned “Rockford Idol.” The event will be hosted by the Rockford Aces a cappella men’s group, who will give performances to close each evening. Celebrity Emcee Stephanie Webb from WZZM will keep the event moving along as each competitor performs and interacts with the judges. The celebrity judges will include Michael Crittenden of Mackinaw Harvest Studios and local band Troll for Trout, Grand Rapids musician Chris Andrus, WZZM sports reporter Brent Ashcroft, and RHS teacher Susan Clements.

April 19 will feature performances from up to 40 talented students. The judges will then select 10-15 finalists to move on to the finals. On April 20, these finalists will perform, and the Rockford Idol winner will be selected by audience voting, with the Aces performing while votes are tallied.

Prizes are to be awarded to the top three finishers, including a grand prize of four hours of recording generously donated by Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids. All ticket proceeds from the evening will benefit the Rockford Aces. They have been selected to compete in two categories of the 7th Annual World Choir Games (considered the Olympics of choir) this summer, and are raising money to defray the costs of the competition.

Both evenings will be held at the RHS Auditorium. Tickets are $1 for the preliminary round and $5 for Friday’s finals. Tickets are available via rockfordchoirs.com or at the RHS ticket office beginning April 16. E-mail RockfordAces@gmail.com for details.

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