Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) announces the launch of its new music program for high school students. BSCTC will be bringing the Big Sandy Idol Talent and Scholarship Program to 16 high schools in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin Counties.
Big Sandy Idol, sponsored and organized by the Music Department of BSCTC, is a talent and scholarship competition that offers two winners from each school a chance to compete for a demo CD recording, an full-album recording, a $1,200.00 vocal scholarship to attend BSCTC, along with a spot with the Big Sandy Singers who are directed by Laura Ford Hall. At the local level high school shows, The Big Sandy Singers serve as the judges as well as perform at the beginning and end of the show.
Clayton Case, who was recently hired as BSCTC's Music and Drama Assistant Director, serves as the coordinator of the Big Sandy Idol Program. Case,
along with Hall and Technical Director Timothy Cooley, have worked to organize sign-ups, auditions, and shows for each high school.
Through the sign-ups and audition process, approximately 10 to 15 students are chosen to compete at the local level – in front of the student body at their own high school.
From each high school, two winners will be chosen: a first and second place winner. The first place winner then gets to come to BSCTC for the regional competition to compete for a $1,200 scholarship to BSCTC, a free solo CD recording and a spot with the Big Sandy Singers. The second place winner will also compete at a regional showcase where they will compete for a CD recording, and both winners will receive a spot with the new Big Sandy High School Singers.
As part of the Big Sandy High School Singers, the students will have chances to perform for the community and also to receive vocal and stage training from Hall and Case. The album recordings will be recorded on the Big Sandy Prestonsburg Campus at the Big Sandy Productions Studio with Cooley as producer.
"We are very excited about this new program," Case said. "We are excited to provide an opportunity for our high school students to receive performance and recording experience, and ultimately a college scholarship."
For more information on Big Sandy Idol, contact Clayton Case at 886-3863.