By Lindsay Carey
CT Icon, a competition for singers ages 9 and up, held its first round of auditions on August 3 and over 30 people participated.
“We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout for the second audition,” said Icon spokesman Melissa Ericksen-Salmon. “Some people have already preregistered for the 23. There’s a lot interest in the second day.”
According to Ericksen-Salmon, about 12 people from the first round of auditions were invited for call backs.
The second round of auditions for those who still want to audition will be held on Saturday, August 23 at the Comfort Suites, 64 Knotter Drive, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The call back auditions for the first and second round will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“The talent was just amazing,” said Ericksen-Salmon. “I’m always shocked every year by how much talent there is in the state and how many people are born with this gift. It’s incredible.”
Only 12 finalists will move on to compete in the Starlight Ballroom Theatre at Lake Compounce on Saturday, August 30 and August 31, between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
This will be the first time the competition is held at the Bristol amusement park. It was formerly held during the Southington Apple Harvest Festival every year.
Music Teacher Susan Zoni, Southington Community Cultural Arts board director and Town Councilor Dawn Miceli and musician David Cavallin will judge and give feedback to the finalists. The winner will be chosen on August 31.
Miceli, who has been a judge for several years, said that she doesn’t think the move to Lake Compounce will have any bearing on the talent that shows up for auditions.
“We have always garnered the states most highly versatile artists,” said Miceli. “[The venue change] will probably heighten the number of applicants for the competition, but in terms of talent, I don’t think it matters where it is because the CT Icon has already established itself.”
The first place winner will receive $1,000, be invited to perform at local venues and be able to record a song at a studio.
For those planning to attend the second round of auditions, preregister online at www.connecticuticon.com for a discounted audition fee.