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V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016

Judges Selected for ABQ's Got Talent Vocal Competition

South Broadway Cultural Center today announced the judging panel for the October 22 ABQ's Got Talent Vocal Competition Finals to be held at 7pm in the John Lewis Theatre at South Broadway.

The competition, now in its third year, brings local amateur vocalists to the stage to compete in two age categories: 6-16, and 17 and beyond. This year's competitors will perform in hopes of winning first and second prizes of $500 and $250.

Head Judge: Jackie McGehee has been a young musician benefactor who established the Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition sponsored by the Music Guild of New Mexico (formerly the New Mexico Symphony Guild) 25 years ago to identify and support young musicians in New Mexico. Her educational background includes a BA from UNM, Masters from New Mexico State, and doctoral studies at Colorado University in Boulder. She has presented master classes and workshops in Hawaii, Austria, England, France and Switzerland. She was Chair for the New Mexico Symphony Board of Trustees, and is a long-time member of the Music Guild of New Mexico, serving as their President and in other board positions.

When asked about the upcoming competition, she said, "Searching and rewarding talent has been one of my passions all of my life. I look forward to the Albuquerque search and hearing our future stars."

Dr. Daniel Cummings is a composer, conductor, pianist and vocalist who grew up in Albuquerque, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Composition before heading to Los Angeles, where he earned a Master's in Choral Conducting and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from UCLA. During his time in Los Angeles, he was chosen as conducting assistant to John Mauceri at the famed Hollywood Bowl, and appeared in a major film with Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. As a composer, Daniel has written film scores, concerti for piano and clarinet, choral works, songs and song cycles, and over one hundred arrangements of hymns and folk songs for various ensembles and singers. He joined the music staff at Manzano High School this fall as director of choral music.

Teresa Edens has long been active in a number of organizations in Albuquerque, bringing to the judging panel significant experience with music competitions. As a long-time member of the Music Guild of New Mexico (formerly the NM Symphony Guild), she has been one of the key players in the development and operations of the 25-year-old Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition. With strong knowledge in the area of presentation, she will be the critical eye that helps identify those vocalists who know how to present themselves onstage, their demeanor, personality, and their ability to not only sing well, but to "sell" the song.

Louise Loomis received BFA and MFA degrees from the University of New Mexico. Further studies included Orff Schulwerk training from Denver University, Hamline University, The University of St. Thomas, The University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She has received the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Teacher of the Year Award, the John M. Batcheller Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Music and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Recently retired from Manzano Day School, Louise conducts the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program's Preparatory Chorus.

Josef Scott Powdrell is an Albuquerque native who has studied voice under Kathleen Clawson, and currently studies under Marilyn Bernard, who introduced him to the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, where he is now a member. He. performs in the Albuquerque area with various groups ranging in styles from jazz and R&B to rock, He has experience as a performing artist, recording artist, musical director, and songwriter, and was chosen to complete the judging panel as a performer who has built a career in the Albuquerque area with a strong understanding of what it takes to go from amateur to professional status. He commented on the competition, "New Mexico is really so rich in talent and culture. I'm extremely anxious to see what artist our hometown has on the horizon!"

Who will win? Plan to join us for this fun competition that may define who our next local vocal stars may be! Tickets are only $5 each and are available at

Be there for the big moment when two talented vocalists are crowned as winners!

V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016

Event Horizon

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V.22 No.42 |


The Daily Word in Nevada shootings, online health care woes and the zombie obsession

The Daily Word

President Obama will give a talk today addressing problems people have been having with, a new health care website that allows people to compare insurance rates, understand health care laws and more.

A lawyer for a Roma couple accused of kidnapping a little girl in Greece says that the couple adopted her from her birth mother, though they still haven't located said mother for verification.

Hurricane Raymond is getting stronger.

There was a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Nevada this morning. Police say the suspect was “neutralized,” though it's not clear how many were shot, but the children were evacuated to the nearby high school.

There was another shooting in Nevada this morning, though this one was at a Las Vegas casino, in which one person was pronounced dead and two were wounded. Police say the suspect is in custody.

Joseph Sandoval, 50, was killed on Saturday after being struck by a Rail Runner train that was headed north to Santa Fe. Police are still trying to figure out why Sandoval was near the tracks.

Scott Chandler, owner of Tierra Blanca Ranch, spoke to Matt Lauer on "The TODAY Show" about the allegations of abuse and the Amber Alert for nine missing kids last week.

You think UNM has a solution to the national debt?

Are zombies holding America's imagination hostage?

V.22 No.5 | 1/31/2013

Idiot Box

Once Bitten

“The Taste” on ABC

ABC’s new cooking competition “The Taste” promises—repeatedly, it must be noted—to be a cooking competition “unlike any you’ve ever seen.” This is a completely accurate description—but only if you’ve never seen a food-based show before. For the rest of us, it’s a totally generic, frustratingly unsatisfying taster menu of refried ideas.

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V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012

Idiot Box

There’s Always Room for Jell-O

“Sweet Genius” on Food Network

It must be hard filling 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a particular type of programming. Which is probably why Syfy Channel hardly has any science fiction on it anymore. And when you try your damnedest to stick to a limited topic, you’re bound to come up with some pretty odd iterations on the theme. Which is why, I suspect, “Sweet Genius” exists on the Food Network.

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