In collaboration with The Billings Gazette, the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale will be taking auditions for a “Country Idol” contest and a chance to sing with the Billings Symphony during the March 14, 2015, performance of “Gone Country.”
“Gone Country” will feature artists straight from Nashville along with the winners of the Country Idol contest, backed by the Billings Symphony Orchestra. From Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to Elvis and Patsy Cline, Gone Country will feature hits from favorite country legends.
The YouTube audition may be a cover or original song of the artist’s choice. The Symphony will take YouTube submissions through May 15.
The BSO&C judging committee will then choose up to six finalists who will record an original song at the Gazette’s “Studio Enjoy.” If the contestant does not have an original song for the “Studio Enjoy” recording, a selection from the public domain may be used. Travel or hospitality costs to record at “Studio Enjoy” will not be covered by the Billings Symphony. The recorded studio performance will be put online at www.billingsgazette.com<http://www.billingsgazette.com>.
Finalists will need to be available to perform one classic country song at the 42nd annual Symphony in the Park on Sunday, June 29, 2014, (rain date Monday, June 30) and at rehearsals on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29. Travel or hospitality costs will not be covered by the Billings Symphony. The BSO&C will provide further details to the finalists about song selection.
Public voting will officially be open on the Gazette’s website after Symphony in the Park and will remain open until Sunday, July 6, 2014. The contestants with the most online votes will win the chance to perform with the Billings Symphony at the Alberta Bair Theater. Winners who are chosen for the March 14, 2015, concert will receive a performance stipend.
For more information, contact the Billings Symphony Office at 252-3610 or visit www.billingssymphony.org.