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ABQ's Got Talent Competition

Check out some of Albuquerque's best performing-arts talent.


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Oct 22, 2016
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Join us for the third ABQ's Got Talent Vocal Competition to find out!

Amateur vocalists from kids to adults will be bringing their best to the stage at South Broadway Cultural Center as they compete for cash prizes in two age categories, 6 - 16, and 17 and above.

The two top winners will win $500 each, with second place winners receiving $250 each.

Judging Criteria

Competitors will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Song Selection
  • Vocal Range
  • Vocal Quality
  • Pitch
  • Interpretation
  • Stage Presence
  • Overall Ability and Performance Quality

Event Judges

Come check out the amazing talent and cheer them on as they face the audience and judging panel of experts, that includes:

Head Judge: Jackie McGehee

Jackie McGehee has been a piano and vocal teacher, performer, organizer and 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 positions.

Dr. Daniel Cummings

Composer, conductor, pianist and vocalist Daniel Cummings 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

Long active in a number of organizations in Albuquerque, Teresa Edens brings 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

Louise Loomis received BFA and MFA degrees from the University of New Mexico. Further studies include 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

Josef Scott Powdrell is an Albuquerque native. He has studied voice under Kathleen Clawson, and currently studies under Marilyn Bernard, who has 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.



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