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Sing a song: Rosemount Sings gives the city's top voices a chance to compete

Rosemount teens and young adults who sing will have the opportunity to showcase their talent June 29.

Rosemount Sings, a contest for amateur singers ages 15 to 25, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Steeple Center.

The contest is part of a statewide program called Minnesota Sings. The winner of the local contest will go on to compete in St. Paul against singers from all over the state.

Producer Kelly Casey said Minnesota Sings evolved out of a singing competition started in Hastings. The goal is to give amateur singers the opportunity to perform in a professional environment. So far more than 30 cities have signed on to host singing competitions in their towns, including Rosemount

Rosemount’s competition will be held as part of the weeklong arts celebration Art Blast. The Rosemount Area Arts Council is sponsoring the event.

Event organizer Jeanne Schwartz said Rosemount has a lot of talented singers, especially in the high school, that she hopes will compete. She added that the contest gives amateur singers a good opportunity to show people what they’ve got.

RAAC has recruited Rosemount High School choir director Gina Toso, former RHS choir director Steve Boehlke and Judy Sagen-Atherton, a retired choral director in School District 196, to serve as judges for the competition.

Of course, there are some rules. Contestants must have a CD backing track. No live accompaniments will be allowed. Contestants must live, work or go to school in Rosemount to participate. Contestants must register by June 20. There is no entry fee. Schwartz said they can only accept 20 singers.

The Rosemount winner will receive a $100 cash prize and will move on to the Minnesota Sings competition. The runner up will receive $50 and will get tickets to the Minnesota Sings competition.

The Minnesota Sings competition will be held September 28 at the Holiday Inn. The winner of the statewide competition will receive $2,500, second place will receive $1,000 and third $500. Additionally, Casey said Minnesota Sings will donate money to the winner’s charity of choice.

There is a lot of great vocal talent across Minnesota and Casey said she’s excited to showcase those talents through this program.

Going forward, Casey said Minnesota Sings will be an annual competition and she hopes as the program becomes more established additional cities will want to participate.

For more information call Schwartz at 612-272-0997. Registration materials are available at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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