Headwaters Music & Arts hosted Bemidji's first Bemidji Sings competition on June 6, with 12 young people competing for the honor of representing Bemidji at the statewide Minnesota Sings event in Woodbury September 29th and 30th. The competition judges were Karen Bradley and Zachary Swank, and the event was emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos.

The first place winner at the statewide event will win $5,000 in cash, plus $1000 for their their favorite hometown charity and $1,000 for the local sponsor. Headwaters Music & Arts is grateful for the community support they have received for this project, especially from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, Bemidji State University, Headwaters vocal instructor Annalise Aakhus, and our mayor Rita Albrecht, who will host the Bemidji Sings finalists at a farewell breakfast later this summer.

Susannah Roed, First Place

Song: Journey to the Past
Works at Bemidji Vet Hospital and will attend Bemidji State this fall. Appreciates the people and beautiful scenery of Bemidji. Her musical influences include Kelley Clarkson, Michale Buble and especially her mom, Lori Roed.

Andrew Hokanson, Runner Up

Song: You'll Be Back, from Hamilton
Andrew was in all-state choir for two years, and will attend Drake University to pursue a BA in Vocal Music this fall. He likes living in Bemidji because it is small enough to know your neighbors , but big enough to have things to do.

Sid Parker-Clark, Alternate

Song: Bring Him Home, from Les Miserable
Attends Trek North Senior High, music and singing are his passions, hopes to become a working musician. When asked what he appreciates about growing up in Bemidji, he said he likes living in a small, close-knit community. 

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