Headwaters Music & Arts invites you to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September.

Bemidji Sings!
finalists in each of two age group divisions will compete for cash and prizes

1st Place - $500 + Recording time at Supple Studios
2nd Place - $100
3rd Place - $50

Auditions Sunday, noon-7 pm June 2nd, at Headwaters Music & Arts
Bemidji Sings! Thursday, Aug. 1st, at Bemidji State University
Minnesota Sings Saturday-Sunday Sept. 28th – 29th, in Woodbury, MNfund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Here is what you need to do to compete in Bemidji Sings!

Submit your registration by 5 pm Thursday, May 30.

Once you register, you will be assigned an audition time to

Sing one song during the preliminary audition on Sunday, June 2nd. Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the August 1 Bemidji Sings! Show.

If selected, you will

Perform for cash and prizes during the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 pm Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Bemidji State University. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos. The first place winner from each age division will move on to Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Singers will be judged based on the criteria listed below and will receive judge's brief comments immediately following their audition. All judges' decisions are final.

Vocal Skills – Includes pitch, breath control, dynamics, phrasing, enunciation and tone.
Presentation Skills – Includes eye contact, body expression, facial expression, attire, and microphone technique.
Audience Response to Performance – Based on judge's observation
Judge's Overall Impression of your Performance – At discretion of judges.

Minnesota Sings is a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories,15-25 and 26 and over. The first place singer from each age division represents Bemidji at Minnesota Sings in September. Only individual contestants - no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used.

Now in its sixth year, Minnesota Sings gives $10,000 cash prizes in each age division, with a first place prize of $3,000. Read more here.

Why take part in Bemidji Sings

Gain experience in vocal performance

Win cash and prizes!

Support your hometown

Meet (and get performance tips from) emcee David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos

Get valuable feedback from experienced judges

Bemidji Sings finalists will be invited to perform at community venues throughout the summer

The winner of each division represents Bemidji at Minnesota Sings in Woodbury.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.