Congratulations to Hunter Briggs who won The Voice of Collier competition this past Saturday night.  Based on votes from his family, friends and all of you, Hunter’s Facebook video performing Sam Cohn’s “Hallelujah” placed him in the top three contestants and he was chosen to perform at Collier Fest for the final round.  Before going on stage, all the contestants were interviewed by the Froggy Radio station’s The Danger Show and they got to share a room with Stephanie Quayle and her band.  Hunter entered the stage at 7 p.m., performing vocals and his own accompaniment to  “Hallelujah” and closing with “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith.  The judges (Stephanie Quayle, her band, and Timothy Earl, of the Timothy Earl Band) voted Hunter the winner!  He received $50 worth of gift cards and he was featured last evening on Froggy Radio Station’s The Danger Show

Charlotte Kinslow and Alexis Viola landed the roles of orphans in Stage 62’s upcoming performance of Annie.  Performances are Thursday, November 9th – 11th, Thursday, November 16th – 18th at 8 pm with Sunday Matinees on November 12th and 19th at 2 p.m at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, right up the hill, behind Higher Voice Studio. Tickets are available now.  

Carly DeCock’s CD 18 is now available for free listening on Sound Cloud. Singing covers of Laura Nyro, Madonna, Bastille, Young the Giant, “Burn” from Hamilton and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” the album also includes one of Scott Anderson’s original songs from his musical workshopped at Point Park College.  The album features Scott Anderson on piano, Chris D’Amico on drums (Stoney End, Pompeii, Cough Syrup), Aaron Fultineer  on guitar (Pompeii & Cough Syrup), Christian Ryan on bass (Pompeii & Cough Syrup).

Congratulations to Paige Krupp (Annie) and Carly DeGruttola (Young Mary) who were both cast in Thomas Jefferson High School’s fall theater production of It’s A Wonderful Life, and to Wyatt Keating who will be performing the role of John Worthing, J.P in Upper St Clair High School’s upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest.  The Importance Of Being Earnest is running on October 26th, 28th and 29th and TJ High School will announce their performances of It’s A Wonderful Life soon.  

The Evan Dean Band performed at the Crafthouse this past Saturday and are looking forward to headlining the Seven Springs Fall Fest on October 22nd from 1-4pm. Featuring Evan on vocals and guitar, Ed Kowalski on lead guitar and vocals, Steve Dunn on bass, Chris Belin, drums, they’ve recently added Joe Cipollone, on keyboard.  Evan’s original song “Roll Away The Stone” is the first single in his upcoming solo EP, highlighting Evan’s singer/ songwriter influences. The upcoming EP continues in this vein adding rootsy slide blues, soul, R&B, and gritty rock tunes.  To get a taste of the live experience, check out the videos on their Facebook page.

Abbey Evanko, a sophomore at Chartiers Valley High School,  will perform the role of Cinderella at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth, PA with Mon River Arts, for their upcoming performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods Jr. Performances are Friday, October 20th at 7:30, Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 & 6:00, and Sunday October 22nd at 2:00.

– 6 Higher Voice Studio students got a Front of Line pass to audition at American Idol this past weekend.  Producers approached Hilerie to recommend students for the show, which will be starring world renowned performer and new judge, Katy Perry on ABC next year.  Ashley TetiHunter BriggsAbbey Evanko, Dayna Desantis, Sydney Krauth and Taylor Bopp all received feedback that was both positive and constructive and were encouraged to re-audition next year.  

Shane Treloar will be a featured performer for the third year in a row in the Voice Carry Concert at Stage AE on October 3rd, from 6-10:30 pm!  With over 600 attendees, this unique rock concert, live auction and raffle is the 13 annual fundraiser, which directly benefits the lives of at-risk children and families of Auberle.  Shane will be joined on stage by Chris Higbee, Donnie Iris, Scott Blasey of the Clarks, Kelsey Friday, Frank Czuri and more.  For tickets and more information, see their website.  

Hannah Lane will be performing the role of Margaret White in Stephen King’s, Carrie, the Musical at Ohio Northern University on October 19th-22nd.