Lamorinda Idol 2017 Finalist/Runner-up Information

 

A complete statement of all details for the Lamorinda Idol 2017 are available by downloading the Participants’ Information Packet.

Summary of Schedule of Activities

Audition Registration

April 1-30, 2017

Auditions

May 11-13, 2017

Pool and Karaoke Party & Finalists' Parents Meeting

June 17, 2017

June Performance Workshop

June 20, 2017

Lafayette Plaza Performance

June 30, 2017

Orinda July 4 Parade

July 4, 2017

July Performance Workshop

July 11, 2017

Orinda Park Concert

July 18, 2017

OMPA National Anthem Performance

August 5, 2017

August Performance Workshop

August 8, 2017

Theatre Square Performance

August 13, 2017

Finals Rehearsal

August 25, 2017

Finals

August 27, 2017

After Party

August 27, 2017

Orinda Car Show

September 9, 2017

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

September 16, 2017

Lamorinda Arts Council Holiday Luncheon

December 2017

Workshops

Workshops focused on developing the participants’ performance capabilities will be conducted on June 20, 2017, July 11, 2017, and August 8, 2017.  The schedule for the workshops on each of these days will be:

3:30-4:00 PM - K-3 grade

4:00-5:30 PM - 4-5 grade

6:30-8:30 PM - 6-12 grade 

Workshops are open to Solo Finalists, Group Finalists, Runners-up and their parents.  Group members can participate as a group or individually. Workshops will take place at Club 93, the performance space at Steve Harwood’s home, 93 Van Ripper Lane, Orinda.  If participants are unable to attend a session for their grade, they are welcome to attend another session.

Workshops will be led by Rena Wilson.  Rena has performed as "Snow White" in Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, is co-owner of the Lamorinda Theatre Academy, and is a highly-regarded voice and performance coach.  Attendees at workshops should bring CDs or iPods containing the back-up track for a song on which they wish to work, which may or may not be their Finals song.

Workshops are open to Solo Finalists, Group Finalists, Runners-up and their parents.  Group members can participate as a group or individually. Workshops will take place at Club 93, the performance space at Steve Harwood’s home, 93 Van Ripper Lane, Orinda.  If participants are unable to attend a session for their grade, they are welcome to attend another session.

Workshops will be led by Rena Wilson.  Rena has performed as "Snow White" in Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, is co-owner of the Lamorinda Theatre Academy, and is a highly regarded voice and performance coach.  Attendees at workshops should bring CDs or iPods containing a song on which they wish to work, which may or may not be their Finals song.

TeamSnap

Sign-ups and event notifications for the pool and karaoke party, workshops and summer performances are managed through the Lamorinda Idol 2017 group on TeamSnap.  Finalists and Runners-up will register on the TeamSnap site after audition results are sent out.  Registering using TeamSnap is free.  The Lamorinda Idol 2017 TeamSnap page is available at lamorindaidol2017.teamsnap.com.  After joining the Lamorinda Idol 2017 group on TeamSnap, singers can go to the "availability” tab, and indicate the events in which they wish to participate.  The deadline to indicate participation in the summer performances is two weeks prior to the performance.   

Finals Rehearsal and Finals Schedule

The rehearsal for the Finals will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 4 pm to 8:30 pm at the Orinda Library.  The attendance of each finalist is mandatory during the finalist’s category’s segment of the rehearsal.  The Finals will be on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 11 am to 7:30 pm, at the Orinda Theatre.

The schedule for the Finals and the maximum number of finalists in each category are shown below.

Session

Session Time

Performances

Maximum Number of Finalists

1

11:00 - 12:30

Solo K - 2

5

 

 

Solo 3 - 5

10

2

1:00 - 2:30

Groups K - 5

3

 

 

Groups 6 - 8

4

 

 

Groups 9 - 12

4

3

3:15 - 4:30

Solo 6 - 8

10

4

5:00 - 6:15

Solo 9 - 12

10

5

7:00 - 7:30

K - 12 Awards

 

Prizes

The winners of each category in the Finals will receive the following cash prizes:

Soloist K-2

$200

 

Group K-5

$200

Soloist 3-5

$300

 

Group 6-8

$300

Soloist 6-8

$500

 

Group 9-12

$500

Soloist 9-12

$750

 

 

 

The soloist with the highest number of audience votes, who is not also a category winner, will receive the Audience Award prize of $300.

Accompaniment

Singers must bring an instrumental (karaoke) recording on a CD or iPod to accompany their audition.  Solo a capella auditions will not be permitted.  Groups may sing a capella if they sing harmony.  Back-up music may not include vocals.  Instruments may be used if each instrument can be carried on stage by a single performer.  To use an instrument during the Finals, singers must audition with the instrument.  Singers are discouraged from accompanying themselves, as it often is a distraction for the singer, and the judges are advised to give the use of instruments no consideration in their judging.

Song Selection

Musical selections may be from any genre, including but not limited to classical, Broadway, country, jazz, or pop.  Good songs are those that show off the singer’s voice well, allow the singer to be expressive, and lend themselves well to performance on stage.  Students may not perform any song that includes indecent words. Finalists are permitted to choose a different song for the Finals from that with which they auditioned.  Original songs may be performed, but the judges are advised to give no extra consideration to original songs in their judging. 

Song Length and Editing

The song length for summer performances is 3 minutes.  For the Finals, the maximum song duration in minutes is set by category as follows:

Soloist K-2

2:00

 

Group K-5

2:30 

Soloist 3-5

2:30 

 

Group 6-8

3:30

Soloist 6-8

3:00

 

Group 9-12

3:30

Soloist 9-12

3:30

 

 

 

While for the Finals and summer performances careful editing of back-up music may be required to comply with song length constraints, it is not necessary to do any editing for the auditions, as longer songs will simply be stopped after 1 minute 30 seconds.  

Should song editing be desired, it is strongly urged that singers use the services of an individual with expertise.  Neris Newton is available to perform edits for a $40 fee, which includes further revisions within one week of the initial edit.  Neris is a senior at NYU and a former Idol winner and can be reached at nan253@nyu.edu.  The staff of Lamorinda Theatre Academy is also available for editing and can be reached at 925 385-0354 and rena@lamorindatheatreacademy.com.  Matt Kolb, kolb.matt@gmail.com, is available to create original tracks.  

Ambitious parents and singers may wish to develop their own editing skills.  A warning: it isn’t easy!  One option is to edit using GarageBand software.  Another is to use Audacity software to edit a song, and LAME software to export the edited song into an mp3 file, both which are available for free on the Internet. 

CD copies made with certain settings may not be playable on all CD players.  To avoid problems, transfer the music to iTunes, then put the music into its own playlist, and then make the CD copy from the playlist (“Burn Playlist to Disc”), using a CD-R disc, and selecting the “Audio CD” setting.  All audio submissions should be in iTunes Audio CD or mp3 formats.

It is important for singers to have their music in a key that fits well with their singing range.  Often back-up music is available for sale in different keys.  Alternatively, using karaoke equipment which allows for changing the key, a recording can be made of the back-up in the revised key using CD writing hardware. 

Equipment and back-up music can be purchased on line at a number of Internet sites.  Equipment can also be purchased from Advance Video in Alameda, a store dedicated to karaoke CD’s and equipment, at 647 Central Avenue, Alameda, (510) 523-8168.  David Leong, the proprietor, is very friendly.  He has a large inventory of equipment and CD’s, and he allows trying out various back-up CD’s before purchasing.

Group Membership

Participation in the Finals requires that a group’s membership be unchanged from the Auditions.  However, the group need not have all members present to participate in other Lamorinda Idol performances and workshops.   

Finals Judging

Winners in the Final Competition will be determined by a combination of popular vote and three judges who are prominent Bay Area music and performance professionals.  Judges will provide feedback to singers following their performance.  Judging will be based on vocal and performance ability, without consideration to song originality or instrumental accompaniment.  The votes of the panel of judges will account for 50% (1/3 of 50% for each judge).  The popular votes will account for the remaining 50% of the total votes.  Each audience member has one vote per category, and must be present for all singers in the category to be eligible to vote.  At the end of each performance the audience will submit their ballots to be tallied.  Local media celebrities will moderate the competition.

Finalist and Runner-up Information Submittals

After receiving notice of their selection, Runners-up and their parents should promptly complete the Lamorinda Idol Runner-up Registration Form.  Runner-ups will be offered the opportunity to be a Finalist if a Finalist drops out prior to July 1.

After receiving notice of their selection, Finalists and their parents should promptly complete the Lamorinda Idol Finalist Registration Form. The form provides the Lamorinda Idol organizers important information concerning Finalists, including song selection and parent volunteer assignment preferences.  Note that a given song is limited to one performance in the Finals.  Songs are reserved according to the date and time of the submission of the form.  Following the submission of the form the Finalist will receive an email confirming the song selection.

Playbill Information and Back-Up Track Submission

A Playbill will be prepared for the Finals.  July 1 is the deadline for Finals song selection, headshot and bio submission.  July 15 is the deadline for submission of Finals back-up music.  Finalists who do not meet submission deadlines may be replaced by a Runner-Up.

Headshots to be included in the Playbill need not be professionally done.  Should a professional headshot be desired, possible photographers include Terry Riggins, (925) 253-1658, terry@terryrigginsphotography.com, Christina Shook, (415) 713-9717, christina@cshook.com; and Melanie at Clix, (925) 676-2549, www.clixportraitstudios.com

T-Shirts

All Finalists and Runners-up will receive a Lamorinda Idol 2017 T-shirt.  

Finals DVD and YouTube Postings

DVDs of each Finals session will be available for purchase.  In addition, the individual performances of each Finalist will be posted to YouTube, subject to a parent’s approval.

Parent Support

Lamorinda Idol is primarily driven by many volunteer hours.  However, there are considerable expenses.  Total projected 2017 expenses are approximately $27,000.

The expenses are funded by sponsorships from the Orinda Community Foundation, the Orinda Classic Car Show, Alain Pinel Realty, Mechanics Bank, Orinda Orthodontics, Fourth Bore Restaurant and other Lamorinda merchants; contributions from major individual donors; contributions collected at the Finals; and fees paid by parents. 

There is an audition fee of $15 per singer.  The fee for Finalists and Runners-up is $200 and $100, respectively, per family. 

Parents of Finalists are required to volunteer a minimum of 5 hours on Idol activities, or they may pay an opt-out fee of $150.

In contrast with past practice, there will be no parent good luck ads in the Playbill.

Payments made be made by using PayPal which is embedded in the Finalist and Runners-Up Information Forms or by clicking here.

Communications

Communications to anyone on the Lamorinda Idol Organizing Committee should be sent to lamorindaidol@gmail.com and the appropriate person on the Committee will respond.

Coaches

Coaches in the area include: Rena Wilson, Renee DeWeese and the staff of Lamorinda Theatre Academy, 925 385-0354, info@lamorindatheatreacademy.com; Claire Yarrington, Claire@ctarts.com; Myeve Capozzi, 925 330-1850, myevecapozzi@yahoo.com; coaches available through Jim Fiatarone at The Academy of Language and Music Arts, Orinda, 925 254-5056; Deborah Eubanks at debard@comcast.net, 707 477-6851; Lucia Scardigno, hilucia@me.com, (925) 933-1126; and Pamela Brooks, (925) 937-9375.