About Lamorinda Idol
Now in its 14th year, Lamorinda Idol 2019 is a student singing competition designed in the style of the American Idol television show. The program is open to young people in kindergarten through 12th grade who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette. Singers may enter as soloists or in groups. Young people from outside Lamorinda are permitted to participate in the group categories, provided that at least one member of the group meets the residential requirement.
Auditions are held annually in the Spring, when Finalists and Runners-up are selected by a panel of three judges. All the Finalists and Runners-up have the opportunity to attend or participate in a number of events throughout the year that include multiple workshops, as well as performances at the Lafayette Plaza, Orinda Community Park, Orinda Theatre Square, and the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival. Finalists, Runners-up, and their families are invited to a summer pool and karaoke party.
All the Finalists additionally compete in the annual Finals event that takes place in August at the Orinda Theatre, and the High School Finalists have the opportunity to mentor young singers in the Richmond Idol program. The Winners of the Finals event are offered more opportunities to perform at the Orinda Car Show, the Lamorinda Arts Council holiday luncheon, and the Orinda 4th of July parade. The high school solo winner will also be invited to sing at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Benefit in Oakland in 2020.
About the Lamorinda Idol Finals Performance
August 18, 2019
The highlight of the Lamorinda Idol program is the Finals Performance that takes place in August at the Orinda Theatre. Soloists compete in four categories by grade, while groups compete in three categories by grade. Each performer receives immediate feedback from a panel of three professional judges, and at various breaks in performance categories, audience members vote for their favorites. Based on a combined score determined 50% by judges and 50% by audience vote, winners are selected and receive cash prizes. Also, one soloist with the highest number of audience votes, who is not also a category winner, receives an Audience Award cash prize.
The finals are an all day event, starting at 11AM and finishing up with an awards ceremony at 7PM. The day is broken up into several performance slots with intermission in between to allow breaks for judges, audiences and performers:
11AM-12:30PM Soloists from Grades K-2 and 3-5
1:00-2:30PM Groups K-5, 6-8 and 9-12
3:15-4:30PM Soloists from Grades 6-8
5:00-6:15PM Soloists from Grades 9-12
7:00-7:30PM Award Ceremony
Entrance to each of the performances is FREE but donations are appreciated.