Want to sing alongside an iconic Broadway singer/actor and orchestra before a live audience? This is your chance! The Phantom of the Opera's legendary Franc D'Ambrosio will be performing in Dixon on September 4. As part of his visit, on September 3 he will conduct one of his famous Master Classes including a Talent Search for a pair of young singers to perform with him the next day.
The finals on September 3 will be open to the public to 'listen in' on this exciting event. If you would like to be considered as a finalist, please scroll down to the Submission Guidelines below.
Franc D’Ambrosio has conducted his highly-acclaimed Master Classes throughout the U.S. and Europe, sharing intimate experiences from his illustrious career entertaining audiences from Broadway to Hollywood and beyond, with music and drama students of all ages. In addition to working one-on-one with each eager participant, Franc shares personal stories and advice for pursuing a career in the theatre, while imparting his own special brand of passion, wisdom and inspiration for students to draw upon.
Eligibility Open to singers living in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, ages 18–35.
Repertoire Contestants must perform a song (5 minutes or under) from musical theater, classical repertoire or other genre that reflects the musical and performance style of The Phantom of the Opera. Songs may have internal cuts in them, but the selection must be a full song and not a 16 or 32 bar audition cut.
Contestants must be prepared to sing their voice part in The Phantom of the Opera duet “All I Ask of You” from memory for the Winner’s Performance in Dixon on September 4, 2021.
Preliminary Auditions •Each contestant must upload a preliminary video audition via YouTube link as a part of their online application form. Participation is free, but contestants must be present in Dixon, Il September 3-4 for the finals. •Deadline: August 8th, 2021, 8pm Central Time.
Semifinals •The Semifinal rounds will take place online and be adjudicated by a panel of voice professionals, with 6 finalists announced on Monday, August 23rd.
Finals •The Finals will take place 5:00pm – 7:00pm Friday, September 3rd at The Dixon Historic Theatre, 114 South Galena Avenue, Dixon, Illinois. •Contestants will perform their song selection in front of a live audience in a Master Class format coached by Franc D’Ambrosio, and the 2 winners will be determined at the end of the event by Mr. D’Ambrosio with input from the adjudication panel. Finalists must bring 2 copies of their sheet music with them to share with Mr. D’Ambrosio and the staff pianist. •Finalists will be asked to demonstrate proof of age and residence (driver’s license, passport, or other government ID). •Contestants will each have a private rehearsal with a staff pianist on the day of the Finals.
Prizes •The prize winners will perform “All I Ask of You” along with Franc D’Ambrosio and live orchestra in Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway - Songs From The Great White Way on September 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm at The Dixon Theatre. •A check for $1,000.00 each. •Winners will also receive a two-night hotel stay (Sept. 3 and Sept. 4) as well as meals.
Guidelines for making and uploading an audition video You may use a live-pianist or pre-recorded track. If a live pianist is accompanying your performance, this person does not need to be visible in the audition video. If you use a pre-recorded track, it must be with instruments only (no additional voices can be heard).
Your video performance should approximate how you will perform live onstage. The view of the camera should capture enough of your body and be well-lit enough that we can easily see you and your interpretation. You can record your video with a phone, but please make sure we can see you well and hear you easily over your accompaniment track. Your video should be uploaded to YouTube.
Double check your YouTube URL to ensure the following •The video submission lists your name and the name of the selection. •Your video is marked “unlisted” or “public” and from an account that has no voice teacher, school, talent agency, or other affiliation listed.
Venue Historic Dixon Theatre 114 S Galena Ave Dixon, IL 61021
Box Office Location 93 S. Hennepin Ave Dixon, IL 61021
Box Office Hours Tues & Thurs 11 am - 6 pm The 2nd & 4th Sat 11 am - 2 pm