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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!

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