Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association to host 9th Annual Female Jazz Vocalist Audition

The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. The SKSCA will send one high school-aged and one adult female jazz vocalist from the Greater Seattle area to Kobe, Japan in May 2013 to be a guest singer at the 14th Annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest.

Every fall for the last 13 years, the winner of the Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest — held in Kobe — has flown to Seattle to make her U.S. debut at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. Eight years ago, SKSCA began holding a jazz vocalist audition as the reciprocal component of this exchange.

Finalists will be selected by early February and will be invited to give a live audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on Monday, Feb. 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come and support the finalists. The suggested donation will be $5 for students and $10 for adults, with proceeds supporting this and future Seattle-Kobe jazz auditions.

The two winners will be guest vocalists at the 14th Annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest held on May 11th, at Kobe Asahi Hall in Seattle’s sister city, Kobe, Japan.

Grand Prize Winners will receive:

-Roundtrip tickets to Kansai International Airport in Osaka (one for each winner and one for the guardian of the high school winner)

-Lodging for 4 nights in Kobe (winner and guardian in same hotel room)

-Some meals for the 4-day stay in Kobe (for winner and guardian). *Most meals/snacks, souvenirs, and additional expenses are the winners’ responsibilities.

-Airport transfers/ground transportation in Kobe.

Eligibility: Applicants must (1) be a female high school student or adult 18 years or older, (2) reside in the Greater Seattle area, and (3) able to represent Seattle in Kobe, Japan.
Audition Schedule:

January 19, 2013: Submit by e-mail a copy of your application and your songs for finalist selection to eddingsn@gmail.com. Submissions must be e-mailed on or before January 19, 2013 to qualify.

February 2, 2013: Finalists will be notified by e-mail.

February 25, 2013: Live audition at Jazz Alley (Mon.) 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Guidelines/ Required Preparation: For more information, visit http://www.sksca.org.

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