Williams SING-OFF Competition
Winner is announced! Dejah Monea performs tonight.
Students in grades 6-12: do you have the voice of the year? Show off your talent and you could earn cash for you and your school, plus land the gig of a lifetime on New Year’s Eve!
The Williams SING-OFF Competition is part of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2017 and is aimed at providing a unique and creative opportunity for young people in the greater Pittsburgh region. In line with this year’s theme, the competition is seeking the best and brightest singers that will help inform and mold Pittsburgh’s music scene in the future.
Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and R&B icon, Smokey Robinson, returns this year as the Williams SING-OFF Competition Guest Judge. All video auditions will first be reviewed by a selection panel composed of three recent winners, who will select five finalists. The finalists will move on to be reviewed by Smokey Robinson, who will personally select the 2016-2017 winner.
Prizes & Opportunities
The 2016-2017 Williams SING-OFF Competition winner will receive:
- Live performance opportunity as opening act at the Benedum Center on New Year’s Eve
- $500 cash prize
- $1,000 cash donation to school’s music department
- Invitation to participate in the FedEx Ground Parade at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh (all finalists)
- Complimentary Admission Buttons to experience Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
- Media promotion associated with event marketing and public relations efforts
Individual students or student groups of 20 or fewer, grades 6 – 12 affiliated with a middle or high school in the following counties, are eligible to enter:
Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland
Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe
Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Wetzel
Allegany, Garrett, Washington
Auditions are now closed for the Williams SING-OFF competition.
2015-2016 Winner: Addison Albert & Colin Aikins | Central Catholic & Knoch High Schools
2014-2015 Winner: Gabby Barrett | Serra Catholic High School
2013-2014 Winner: Savannah Wiggins | Penn Hills High School
2012-2013 Winner: Alyssa Gephart | Thomas Jefferson High School
2011-2012 Winner: Katie Zemaitis | Harrison Middle School (Baldwin-Whitehall)
2010-2011 Winner: Nicoletta Giacchino | Franklin Regional High School
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For more than a century, Williams has been safely building and operating pipelines and facilities to bring natural gas from where it’s produced to where it’s consumed. Now, we’re investing billions in the Northeast, supporting local communities and creating high-quality jobs. At Williams, our mission has never been more important. We enable our customers, investors, employees, and communities to maximize the opportunities created by the vastly greater supply of natural gas and natural gas products. Williams’ interstate gas pipeline and gathering & processing operations span the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to the northeastern seaboard.
Involvement in the communities where we live and work is at the heart of Williams. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s mission helps us fulfill our commitment by offering great artistic and educational experiences across the Pittsburgh region. Their efforts in bringing the arts to diverse audiences are music to our ears. Good luck to all Sing-off contestants!