Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College names seven finalists for Tulsa Sings!, an annual vocal competition embedded with the professional orchestra. This year’s finalists include a Jenks football coach, a small business owner, a middle school student, a college music teacher, a YouTube breakout, a classically trained singer, and a former cruise line performer who will join Signature Symphony at TCC on stage in 2023.
Selected from more than 50 in-person callbacks, the finalists are Andrea Bar, Ashton Jones, Brock Ryne, Michelle Eiler, Olivia Fu, Rachel Miller, and Trent Taber. The Tulsa Sings! finalists will be featured in the “Tulsa Sings! American Jukebox” concert on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education on the TCC Southeast Campus at 7:30 p.m. The 2022-2023 corporate season sponsor is TTCU Federal Credit Union and the Tulsa Sings! media sponsor is KOTV.
“From the musicians of this wonderful orchestra to the vocalists showcased by Tulsa Sings!, we are comprised of your friends and neighbors; the fabric of this community,” said Scott Seaton, Signature Symphony Artistic Director. “Together, we are rediscovering shared experiences and fun through the world of live music, and we invite you to join us.”
Signature Symphony developed Tulsa Sings! in 2018 alongside Scott Coulter, a New York City vocalist, to showcase talented vocalists with ties to the greater Tulsa community. This year, Tulsa Sings! finalists will take part in a salute to the biggest American hits of the past half-century.
The Tulsa Sings! grand prize winner is selected by a panel of judges and announced at the end of Saturday’s performance along with an audience favorite as selected by audience members. Each of the winners, grand prize and audience favorite, can return and be featured in an upcoming Signature Symphony concert.
“In a time where celebrity masterclasses have become so popular in recent years, this is an extraordinary opportunity for vocal talent in Tulsa to receive coaching and mentorship from one of the leading Broadway personalities,” Seaton said. “It is exciting that music lovers from all over Tulsa get to not only see how it all comes together, but to also be able to vote on favorites at the concert.”
Bar studied musical theatre in college and previously worked as a performer for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, where she met her husband. She, her husband and two kids moved back to the Tulsa area last year.
Jones, born and raised in Tulsa, is a classically trained singer. A graduate of Union High School, he is pursuing a doctorate in musical arts. His musical background began in early childhood, singing as early as pre-school and playing the piano at seven.
Ryne is a YouTube breakout, creating music videos for his own channel. He’s performed in local productions, plays multiple instruments including the piano and drum set, and continues to study vocal performance.
Eiler, a Canadian-American singer and pianist, teaches music at Oral Roberts University and has three children with her composer husband, Steven. She has studied music from an early age. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall and loves to collaborate with local musicians whenever possible.
Fu, a 7th grade student, is the youngest Tulsa Sings! finalist ever at the age of 12. She attends Carver Middle School. She recently discovered her love for musical theater and has appeared in several productions.
Miller owns a small calligraphy and watercolor business after she and her husband relocated to Tulsa in 2019. When she is not homeschooling their children, she loves music, reading, bike riding, and cross stitch.
Taber is part of the Jenks Trojans Varsity Football coaching staff and worked in the vocal music and special education departments at Jenks Public Schools since 2018. He and his wife met singing and continue to perform together in Tulsa.
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