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May 22, 2024

Riverside Sings (Teens 13 -18)

Bobby Bonds Park/Cesar Chavez Community Center • 2060 University Ave. RiversideCA  92507 Organized by City of Riverside - Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

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Do you have what it takes to be the next Riverside Sings Champion? The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is holding open auditions to compete in the Annual Vocal Competition. The top contestants will sing live at one of the Summer Fun Concerts in the Park (held every Wednesday, June 12 - July 24 from 6 - 9 p.m. - excluding July 4) and a chance to win up to $2,000 in cash and prizes.

Cahs is not accepted.

This contest is limited to SOLO vocal entertainers. No duets or groups.

• The Riverside Sings! Vocal Competition is an amateur competition. Contestants who have sung professionally are eligible to compete as long as they do not currently make their living as a professional vocalist/entertainer. Any contestant who has had a recording contract within the last five (5) years is ineligible.

• Past participants that were crowned Riverside Sings! Champions may not compete for two years after their win.

• No profanity or rude lyrics. Entertainers must provide their own music. Music must be on compact disc (CDG format). Regular

CDs with vocal tracks are not acceptable. If you have a burned CD and it does not play on our equipment, you will have to sing a cappella.

• Performances will be limited to three minutes. Choose your song wisely. If it is longer than three minutes, be prepared to give a big finish at the three-minute mark.

• Auditions will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on May 21 for ages 5 - 12, and May 22 for ages 13 - 18. The registration fee is $20 per person by Monday, May 20 at 5 p.m. and $30 per person at the auditions. Day of audition registration will close at 4:30 p.m. on both days. All auditions will be held at Bobby Bonds Park in the César Chávez Community Center, 2060 University Avenue. Registration must be submitted to the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (PRCSD) or online at www.rivreg.org by 4:30 p.m. on May 20. You will be notified of your audition date and time by phone or e-mail. You must bring your music and written lyrics to your audition.

• Pre-round judging will be done by three (3) committee members. You will be scored in the following categories on a scale from

1 to 5 in each category, with a maximum of 20 points per judge:

Vocal Presentation: Vocal dynamics, which includes pitch, tone, breath control, delivery, interpretation, projection and range.

Physical Presentation: Appearance, looks, style, wardrobe. Costuming is strongly recommended.

Choreography/Entertainment Ability: Dance moves, connecting with the audience, does the performer “own” the stage?

Overall Performance: Is the performer in command of the performance? Does he/she have charisma? Is he/she the “Riverside Sings! Champion?”

• All judges’ decisions are final. Any contestant, family or associates who argue with a judge or PRCSD staff will be disqualified from competition.

• The top 20 (10 in each age division) will move forward to the award winning Summer Fun Concerts in the Park Series.

• If chosen to move forward to the Summer Fun Concerts in the Park Series portion of the competition and you do not show, you forfeit your position in the competition and will not be able to compete again for two years.

• Final judging will be done by audience at the Summer Fun Concerts in the Park Series using Polls Everywhere, a text to vote system. Keep it short and up-tempo so you can get the audience involved. Your stage presence and audience response will make the difference in the final scoring. All public voting/decisions are final. The “Riverside Sings! Champions” will be announced at the conclusion of the concert series and will be awarded cash and prizes.

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Bobby Bonds Park - Auditorium at Bobby Bonds Park/Cesar Chavez Community Center


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May 22, 2024

5:30 PM to 9:30 PM


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Ages 13-19 · Co-Ed


Bobby Bonds Park/Cesar Chavez Community Center

2060 University Ave. RiversideCA  92507

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