Sing It to the Heights is back again this year with auditions to kick off this awesome Boston College tradition. The singing competition is campus wide and allows students to showcase their amazing musical talent to the BC community while contributing to a great cause.
Formerly BC Idol, Sing It to the Heights raises money through the Emerging Leader Program (ELP) to organize and develop their partner school’s music program. St-Columbkille, an elementary and middle school, has had trouble funding their music program with a very small budget and was forced to scale back. Because of funds raised by Sing It to the Heights in the past, the school has been able to jumpstart their music program to ensure that their students will still have access to such an important developmental and creative process. Dan Paulos, a freshman in ELP that is helping to coordinate the event, says, “they are at a very early stage in the advancement, and more funding can be used to create more and more opportunities for the children to participate and explore music. Some of the students at the school played for us at an ELP meeting, and they were extremely talented!” Another successful year for Sing It to the Heights would provide the students at St-Columbkille with more enriching experiences that would help their development, creativity, and overall achievement.
Auditions for Sing It to the Heights are extremely low stress and a lot of fun. Members of ELP will record roughly a minute-long audition of each student performing a song of their choice, or even playing an instrument. All musical talents and styles are welcomed and encouraged, as music comes in diverse forms. ELP will then choose ten contestants to compete on March 3rd in Robsham Theatre. Those contestants showcase their awesome talent to the rest of the BC community and a panel of Jesuit judges, while the crowd chooses their favorite to claim the cash prize and title of Sing It to the Heights Champion! We’ll be interviewing those finalists here at The Rock when the results are posted, so make sure to check back to learn all about those men and women who will be competing for the audience’s love.
With the first place winner grabbing $300, there’s definitely incentive to start practicing for your audition now. Additionally, contestants of Sing It to the Heights can be chosen to sing with BC Pops, the National Anthem at sporting events, or even be picked up by a capella groups on campus. Sing It to the Heights opens up a huge amount of musical opportunities for students at Boston College and the audience loves the incredible talent shown in Robsham. When asked why he thought Sing It to the Heights was so important, Paulos told us, “Music has been something very important throughout my childhood, and really helped me express myself and escape the stress of reality and be happy and at peace.” In his speaking about the incredible talent he has encountered in BC students, whether through his a cappella group, or the music guild, or performances on campus, Paulos made it clear that this year’s Sing It to the Heights is going to be unforgettable. The audition dates are January 31 and February 2-4 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm, with a special Newton Campus audition at 825 Centre Street on February 4th. The rest of the auditions are in Carney 204A, so warm up your vocal chords and try out to be Boston College’s next Sing It to the Heights champion!
Photo 1 Courtesy of ELP . Photo 2