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Local Rising Stars Contest

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Singer/Songwriter? Musician?

Advance Music and the Brick Church Music Series are teaming up to discover who the local rising star performers are. On May 10, 2019, 8 performer/groups will entertain and compete for a spot as an opening act in the 2019/2020 series. 


About the Brick Church Music Series

The Brick Church Music Series is intended to promote community interaction by bringing a variety of musical performances to Williston at an affordable price.  An important part of the mission is to engage the Williston community-as patrons, as performers, and as members of charitable organizations by showcasing local and regional musical talent while providing fundraising opportunities to community-based non-profit groups.  You will be in great company, as past performers include:

  • Patty Larkin
  • Jamie Lee Thurston
  • Bluegrass Gospel Project
  • Rowan
  • Cassoto Duo
  • They Might Be Gypsies
  • Paul Asbell
  • Christine Malcom Band
  • Tom Cleary Trio
  • Vermont Youth Orchestra

 Learn more here:

Who are we hoping will apply

We encourage musicians who perform all styles, instruments and genres to apply:  Jazz, vocals, classical, rock, bluegrass, hip-hop, name it.  We do have important judging guidelines: All performances are suitable for a youth audience, the performance space is modest limiting the size of the performing group and applicants do not perform regularly in public.  

Non-professional performers only.



  • Open to all who wish to be considered.
  • Non-professional performers only. (*see below)

Submit online:

  • A short written description of talent.
  • Two performance examples, video (with audio}, of a combined length not to exceed 8 minutes.  During sign-up, you will be asked to provide links to online examples on YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud or similar service.

Selection Process

  • 8 performances will be chosen by the producers.
  • Notification and confirmation will occur no later than April 27, 2019
  • The music series audience on May 10th will choose the evening’s top performance.


  • The top performer will receive a $500 prize.
  • The top performer will be invited to open a future BCMS concert during the 2019-2020 season.


  • The Advance Music/Brick Church Music Series team takes no responsibility for the materials submitted.
  • Submitted materials will be used solely for the purpose of selecting performers for the May 10th concert.

Submission Deadline

April 19, 2019


* Non-professional performers

Our goal is to help create visibility for emerging performance artists who have ambitions to develop their talents and grow into the ranks of working artists.  We're looking for performers who've demonstrated their commitment to their art through entry-level engagements....maybe busking on Church Street...or putting out to a broader community through YouTube postings.  We're looking for hungry talent who need to be seen and heard.

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Contact Information

Talent Description:*

Performance Examples
Please provide two links to on-line examples of you performing (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, etc.)

Performance Sample 1:*
Performance Sample 2:*
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