Saturday, March 13, 2010

YouTube entry for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus - Big Gay Idol competition!

This is my entry for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus Big Gay Idol competition -- "Maybe This Time" by John Kander and Fred Ebb from the movie musical "Cabaret."

I was invited to submit my entry for this competition after Marquee Five's February 25th performance of our tribute to Kander & Ebb "We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander & Ebb." Two gentlemen from NYCGMC saw me sing "Maybe This Time" in the show and invited me to take part in this contest. So here's my submission! This performance isn't very much changed from our Don't Tell Mama show...maaaaaybe a bit "smaller" for the camera. In any event, my concentration is on a general build and the emotional struggle as well as the traditional big "Diva" notes and ending. It would be awesome if I was chosen to be one of the 3 finalists in either the March 25th or the March 26th shows, and even more thrilling to be chosen to do the finale with the entire chorus behind me! If I do get to perform with the NYCGM Chorus, I'll get the opportunity to work with their Music Director and adjust my choices to their artistic vision. Very exciting!

The Instructions on how to enter were:
"Entries to the competition will initially be by a YouTube video or mp3 audio file of you singing one of the audition pieces below. Videos and Mp3s with photo submitted will appear on our dedicated YouTube channel."

"Please note that to enter, you MUST sing ONE of the two audition pieces in the key given a cappella, ie without accompaniment. Audition piece 1 can be sung in either the low or high key."

"The Selection process: Once all the entries are in, we will then select up to 6 finalists - 3 for the 25th and 3 for the 26th. Each will sing on one of the two nights. In the first half of the show, the finalists for that evening will each sing the opening to the song. After an audience vote and the intermission, the winner will then sing with the chorus and full band in the second half of the evening...."

"...Ensure you sing in the indicated key. Begin your recording by saying your name, using the same name as you give in the application form, as follows: 'This is [your name] and this is my entry for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus 'Big Gay Idol' competition'. Then, give it your all, and really perform! "

Thanks for watching!

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