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Semi-finalists announced in Statesboro Voice competition
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Twenty-one singers were chosen from their video submissions to compete in the semi-final round of the Statesboro Voice competition on March 8.

“I will be meeting with each one of them this week,” said Robert Cottle, artistic director for the Averitt Center for the Arts and the coordinator of the vocal competition. “I will be playing the piano for each of them during the competition so I’ll get a little time to rehearse with each contestant. A couple of the singers competed last year and some of them have been in recent Averitt Center productions. But there are a lot of people that I don’t know,” he said.

Those who advanced to the semi-final round are: Peyton Rowe, Sydney Claire, Joshua Davis, Taylor Kennedy, Amberly Burgess, Aleah Costoulas, Shaylin Finch, Matt Rogers and Paul Bondoc.

Also, Christopher McCollum, Lucy McGuire, Joshua Smith, Sophie Braswell, Maddy Kuhn, Jhoy Guerrero, Emma Vickery, Sydney Hardee, Hannah Stanfield, Robert Lucas, Ginger Sugarman and Ashley Nobles.

General admission tickets for the live competition, which will be held March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Emma Kelly Theater, are only $5 and can be purchased from the Averitt Center box office in the main gallery (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.), by calling (912) 212-2787 or online at

During the semifinal contest, four professional singers will each choose their two favorite performers to continue to the final competition.  From there, the four pros will mentor the eight finalists for their chance to win up to $1,500 in cash prizes during the grand finale on April 27.

The Statesboro Voice is a fundraiser for the Averitt Center’s Creative Growth Capital Campaign and is sponsored by Lanier, Deal and Proctor, Statesboro STEAM, Renasant Bank and Servpro of Statesboro.