JMU arts students vie to be best ‘Voice of Tomorrow’

jmuThree musical theatre students in the James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance are in the running in The American Pops Orchestra’s 3rd Annual “NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” competition.

Juniors Al Gravina and Rosie Staudt and sophomore Makenna Stergion will be joined by JMU School of Music sophomore voice student Shannon Tierney Flack in the competition, which will be held virtually on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

The 2019 competition took place at D.C.’s Arena Stage, where Staudt and Stergion were both semifinalists.

Students will compete for cash prizes and a chance to perform with The American Pops during the 2020-2021 season.

Winners will be announced virtually on Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m., and will be determined by votes from a panel of judges and the online audience.

The free event is open to all interested parties with a registration link.

To register, visit and enter “NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” in the Search Events box.

The American Pops Orchestra was founded in 2015 by Maestro Luke Frazier with the aim of breathing new life into orchestral pops programming and inspiring new audiences to discover the wealth of material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic ways.

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