“From the Heartland: Tulsa Music Connections” the 2017-2018 season of the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College is a year-long celebration of music with Tulsa ties and features our city’s rich cultural history through the connections we have to family and artists. As part of this special season highlighting talented Tulsans, the Signature Symphony will host a vocal talent competition to shine the spotlight on yet undiscovered talent.
The Tulsa Sings! Competition welcomes anyone with ties to Tulsa to compete for the opportunity to perform beside Scott Coulter and other Broadway stars with the orchestra at Signature Symphony’s final 2017-2018 season Pops concert as a finalist. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges that will include Broadway star Scott Coulter, News on 6 and Six in the Morning co-host LeAnne Taylor, and Tulsa Performing Arts Center Director and Tulsa performer Mark Frie. There will be an “audience choice” award each evening with the grand prize winner announced at the end of the Saturday performance.
The grand prize winner could have the opportunity to be featured in a Signature Symphony in a concert during the 2018-2019 season.
- Entries open September 11, 2017 at 8 a.m. and close Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 5 p.m.
- Contestants will submit performance videos (maximum of three minutes in length) via Youtube or Vimeo link on the submission form.
- Finalists will be announced on January 23, 2018.
- Three to six finalists will perform in both Signature Symphony concerts on April 6, 2018 and April 7, 2018 with the orchestra and will need to be available the week of April 2 – April 7 for rehearsals.
Rules & Eligibility
- The competition is open to any current or past resident of the Tulsa area.
- Contestants must provide a brief statement regarding their Tulsa connection on the application form.
- There is no age restriction to enter the competition but minors must have parent/guardian approval.
- Only vocal performances will be considered.
- Contestants will not receive monetary compensation.
- Signature Symphony will not pay for transportation for any contestant.
- All audition videos and any recordings of auditions or performances become the property of Signature Symphony for our use and marketing purposes.
HOW TO ENTER:
The Tulsa Sings! Competition entry window has elapsed, but look forward to more from the competition, where contestants will perform beside Scott Coulter and other Broadway stars with the orchestra at Signature Symphony’s final 2017-2018 season Pops concert!ed.
About our Judges:
Scott Coulter is one of New York’s most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O’CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazine which pronounced it “quite simply, the best these ears have ever heard.”Scott was director and star of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE SYMPHONIC CONCERT in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered in December 2013.Since 1997, Scott has performed around the country with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many revues. While singing with Goldrich and Heisler he was discovered by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz who then invited him to join the revue STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & FRIENDS. That revue (starring Schwartz and Coulter along with Liz Callaway and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte) has been performing all over the world since 1999. Schwartz has said, “One of the greatest things that can happen to a composer is to have his music interpreted by Scott Coulter.”
Scott regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton. He has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary. Noted for his soaring high notes and pure tone, Scott’s vocal versatility has garnered rave reviews from coast to coast. “Coulter is a stratospheric tenor” (The Wall Street Journal) who “sings to the balcony with a soaring theatrical savvy.” (Variety) “Coulter’s distinctive tenor packs an emotional wallop” (Huffington Post) while possessing “an 80s pop rock star strength, reminiscent of Phil Collins.” (San Francisco Examiner)As a director Scott’s credits include many shows for The Town Hall in NY (BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, BROADWAY’S RISING STARS, BROADWAY ORIGINALS, BROADWAY UNPLUGGED) and BBTY for The Berkshire Theatre Festival and Broadway by the Bay. Along with Michael Kerker and ASCAP, he’s produced and directed several installments of Michael Feinstein’s STANDARD TIME at Carnegie Hall. He is creator, arranger and director of several touring shows including CINEMA TOAST, SOUTHERN COMFORT, BROADWAY’S ELITE, THAT’S LIFE: A TOAST TO SINATRA, YOU’VE GO T A FRIEND: CAROLE KING, NEIL SEDAKA AND THE MUSIC OF THE BRILL BUILDING, BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY! and his critically acclaimed solo show, THE FELLA SINGS ELLA, which honors the life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. His concert creation THE KING: THE MUSIC OF ELVIS premiered with the Calgary Philharmonic and is currently playing symphony halls across America and Canada.Scott has taught master classes from Los Angeles to Kalamazoo to Riga, Latvia and is creator of his own unique group vocal coaching series called SONGBOOK. Scott recently wrote the book for the new musical GOT TO BE THERE which celebrates the life and music of songwriter Elliot Willensky.Scott is founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment. He’s a resident director of programming at 54 Below (Broadway’s Supper Club) in NYC and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Mark Frie was recently named the Director of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, succeeding John Scott after his 28 year tenure in the position. Frie has extensive experience both on and off stage. Prior to accepting the Tulsa PAC Director position, Frie served as the Executive Director of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center for eight years and served as the Executive Director of Fine Arts for the Broken Arrow School District. Frie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma and is a licensed Certified Performing Arts Executive. Frie was instrumental in building the lineup for the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) and has showed incredible leadership by engaging the community and city leadership to bring the BAPAC exceptional success and accolades.
Frie has also shared his vocal and performing talent with the Tulsa community for many years including in his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. Frie has helped coordinate Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Boot Camp in her home city of Broken Arrow, OK for several years and brings his expertise to join in the Tulsa Sings! team of judges.