The American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) celebrated 25th Silver Jubilee this week in downtown Savannah, Georgia. The ATC was established to help preserve all styles of classic American music. This Friday night the competition announced a winner. The competitors had progressed through the quarter finals and semifinals where they performed nine songs each from different genre including: Jazz, Folk, Country, Pop, Rock, Blues and more. The final round competitors were:
- Erica Everett, Soprano
- Brandon Michael Nase, Baritone
- Rebecca Odorisio, Mezzo-Soprano
- Rachel Policar, Soprano
- Michael Preacely, Baritone
Judges Ricky Ian Gordon, Morgan James, and Lynette Hawkins Stephens awarded the Gold Medal, worth $12,000 and a professional solo engagement with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra award to Erica Everett. This award was presented by Ernestine Dillard, who won the first ATC Gold Medal twenty-five years ago.
Other awards presented included:
- The Silver Medal and $6,000 was awarded to Brandon Michael Nase.
- The Bronze Medal and $3,000 was awarded to Michael Preacely.
- The Fourth Place Prize and $1,200 was awarded to Rachel Policar.
- The Fifth Place Prize and $1,200 was awarded to Rebecca Odorisio.
“We have been blown away this week by the level of talent presented by all of our contestants,” said ATC Artistic Director Mikki Sodergren. “Congratulations to our Gold Medal winner Erica Everett as well as all 28 contestants who participated in our 25th anniversary season!”
To learn more about the ATC – a nonprofit arts organization seeking to celebrate and preserve all styles of classic American music please visit www.americantraditionscompetition.com.