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Singing for school—Auditions are coming up quickly for the Upscale Singers scholarships. Pictured above is last year’s first place junior high singer, Lauren Lord.
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Upscale Singers herald scholarship auditions

Staff Report~ 10/2/2013

Junior and senior high school students—public or private—who love to sing and also live in the Cave Creek or Anthem/New River school district are invited to call the Upscale Singers by Oct. 11 to set up an audition appointment.
The Upscale Singers, a nonprofit organization under the direction of Margaret Watson, will hold its seventh annual audition later this month for vocal music scholarships. Awarded funds ranging from $150 to $500 will be paid directly to winners’ vocal teachers. In the past 6 years, 65 awards have been issued, equaling more than $16,000 in scholarships.
The scholarship auditions aim to help young singers develop their individual talents by providing a chance to audition in a welcoming setting and receive written feedback. First place divisional winners will also be featured in the Upscale Singers’ annual Christmas Concert, “Songs of the Season,” Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.
Auditioning students are expected to sing one or two songs from memory. An accompanist will be provided, or students may use a CD or IPOD, provided there are no lead vocals on the accompaniment. No microphones are allowed. 
Students need not be currently studying with a private instructor, but they should have a desire to do so. Winners will be notified by mail.
Call 480-575-0188 by Oct. 11 to set up an audition appointment. The auditions will be held Oct. 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd.
For more information, call the audition number or visit online.