The American Traditions vocal competition is wherel music becomes a mission, and the performances are extraordinary. The ATC vocal competition requires diversity of its contestants and pianists, and demands concentration of our judges. In 2016, Jim Wann, Deborah Voigt and Marilyn Maye served ATC as judges. That same year gold medal winners from past years performed to celebrate their Savannah institution.
The very first American Traditions Vocal Competition took place in 1994, when gospel singer Ernestine Dillard took home the Gold Medal after a 33-year career as a nurse. Today, the American Traditions Vocal Competition is not only Savannah's premiere professional vocal competition, but it stands alone as a unique vocal competition for highly skilled and diverse singing performers..
The competition is unique in that singers prepare songs from 15 listed American song categories—from opera and art song on one end, to folk and blues, say, on the other, meeting more or less in the middle with Johnny Mercer, who is his own category.
The vibe during ATC week is as supportive as it is competitive. Lifelong friendships are made, careers enhanced, and a lot of original interpretations of timeless songs are heard and enjoyed by all. Check out the ATC website at this link for info and some truly terrific photography by John Carrington.