By Brian L Brink
“I sang in my high school and university musical clubs, but this will be my first time singing in public in America,” said international student Jiyoon Kim.
The second round of auditions happened Saturday, Feb. 24 on Thiel Campus for students looking to perform at the 2018 “WXTC VH1 Save the Music Festival.”
This was the second of two rounds of auditions that were held in the Lutheran Heritage Room.
After the less than stellar turn out for the first round of auditions WXTC’s public relations director, Bella Vapenik stepped up her game to promote this round. She made a giant poster that was hung in the bistro staircase and with help of other board members had flyers hung up all around campus and stuck in mailboxes. However, this time around saw only two people audition, who only hear about it through, Talia Jackson, who auditioned during the first round.
Kim walked in with a friend to cheer her on and senior Deanna Shaw to audition with her. For the audition Kim sang Rihanna’s Take a Bow and Park Ki Young’s Start, which is Korean pop. Shaw sang Adele’s Someone Like You and Kelsea Ballerini’s Peter Pan.
“I’m used to singing, I sang cabaret during Thiel’s Night on Broadway,” said Shaw. She went onto say that she has even been paid for singing at St Paul’s retirement community, in town.
This time, the judges consisted of WXTC’s station manager and technology director, Kira Snyder and Dan Wagner, respectively. Both judges made sure to let all auditionees to know that if selected then they know by Wednesday, Feb. 28 by email.
Those that are selected will be singing at the music festival, which will take place Saturday, March 24 in the Lutheran Heritage Room.