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Get Your Tickets Now For the Young Soloist Competition

Oct 17, 6:30pm, Country Music Association


This year’s Young Soloist competition is marking two very special anniversaries.  It is the 35th anniversary of the international competition started by Jean Kennedy Smith through the former VSA program.  The International Competition is still run by the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The Borderless Arts TN Competition sends its winners into this international program.

This year also recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Radio Corporation of American (RCA). The contributions of this corporation forever changed the way people could listen to and share music. 

Since early August, Borderless Arts has been offering workshops and activities to prepare for this special event.  Participants have visited WSM Radio, the Historic RCA Studio B, and an old time radio show at Sutton General Store in Granville.  Workshops have been held on areas of vocal technique, poster printing, and radio performance.

On Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30pm at the Country Music Association, 7 finalists will compete for the title of the 2019-2020 Borderless Arts TN Young Soloist. The evening will flow like an old time radio show with Morgan Alexander and a participant (yet to be selected) from Borderless Arts serving as co-hosts for the evening.  Posters made by Borderless Arts participants will be seen throughout the show. The show will be recorded and broadcast later by WMTS Radio of Middle Tennessee State University.

The finalists for this year include: Austin Anthony, Vanessa Cox, Maliyah Green, Eric Mather-Burks, Avery Mayberry, Maggie Perry, Gregory Price

Special thanks to judges: Samantha Campbell, Lizzie McAvoy, and Nicole Judd of WSM Radio.  A special award was judged by Tammy Vice.  Special thanks for support for this years event of: Dr. David and Diane Black, First Tennessee Bank Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The event is free of charge, but space is limited.  Get your tickets at

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Joe Loesch graciously agreed to work with 6 Borderless Arts participants in teaching them vocal skills for public presentation and radio.  1 or 2 of the participants will be selected to co-host the Young Soloist competition on Oct. 17 with Morgan Alexander.  This is a...

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Special Thanks

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  Borderless Arts surprised participant moms and caregivers by making them "Queens for The Day".  They were presented with crowns, roses, a special presentation by the participants, and an art project that they made with their selected participant.  Thanks to...

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