The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. The SKSCA will send one high school-aged and one adult female jazz vocalist from the greater Seattle area to Kobe, Japan in May 2011 to be a guest singer at the 12th Annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest.
Every fall for the last eleven years the winner of the Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest -- held in Kobe -- has flown to Seattle to make her U.S. debut at Dimitriou's
Jazz Alley. Six years ago, SKSCA began holding a jazz vocalist audition as the reciprocal component of this exchange. We are now proud to be hosting our seventh jazz audition.
Finalists will be selected by early March and will be invited to give a live audition at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to come and support the finalists. The suggested donation will be $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults with proceeds supporting this and future Seattle-Kobe jazz auditions.
The two winners will be guest vocalists at the 12th Annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest held on May 15th, at Kobe Asahi Hall in Seattle's sister city, Kobe, Japan. (Back-up musicians will be provided.)
Grand Prize Winners will receive:
1. Two roundtrip tickets to Kansai International Airport in Osaka (one for the winner and one for a companion/parent)
2. Lodging for 4 nights in Kobe (winner and companion in same hotel room)
3. Some meals for the 4-day stay in Kobe (for winner and companion). *Most meals/snacks, souvenirs and additional expenses are the winners' responsibilities.
4. Airport transfers/ground transportation in Kobe.
Eligibility: Applicants must (1) be a female high school student or adult 18 years or older, (2) reside in the greater Seattle area and (3) able to represent Seattle in Kobe, Japan.
I. February 4, 2011: Submit (by mail) three copies of
your application (click
here to download) and three copies of your audition
CD for finalist selection to the address shown
below. Submissions must be postmarked on or before February
4, 2011 to qualify. (Or, email all to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition
c/o Ms. Mari Maruyama
The Laurasian Institution
12345 Lake City Way NE, Suite 151
Seattle, WA 98125
II. March 1, 2011: Finalists will be notified by
III. March 21, 2011: Live audition at Jazz Alley (Mon)
Guidelines/ Required Preparation:
I. Finalist selection:
" Completed application form
" CDs: No longer than 10 minutes with two
(or three) jazz tunes of contrasting styles
II. Live audition:
" Perform two tunes of contrasting jazz styles
" May bring ONE accompanist (pianist, guitarist,
" Each finalist will have a total of 12 minutes
to set-up, perform, and leave the stage.
" Performances will be judged on technical and
" Valid passport (must bring passport or copy of passport photo page to event)
III. Grand Prize: Performance in Kobe, Japan
Sponsors for this event include:
Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Kobe Trade Information Office
Shinkaichi Music Street