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Chocolate, Wine, and Song!!! v2.0

Do you like chocolate? Wine? Singing? If you do, then come join the crowd next month on Sunday afternoon, October 5th. We will be there from 3 until 6 o'clock, so come when you can and stay as long as you like! You can savor all three sessions or just one. We'll gather in the gallery space at Panorama Framing on Grand Avenue in Oakland to hear singers entertain the audience in three sets of song. During each break, go next door and enjoy the handmade chocolates at Michael Mischer Chocolates as well as all the fine wines at Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar. Last year's event was such fun, we've decided to do it again. It will be even more rewarding for JTVA this year because the proprietor of Ordinaire, Mr. Bradford Taylor, has generously committed to donating 10% of all wine sales - glasses and bottles - to JTVA!

One of our featured singers is the marvelously  talented Chelsea Lyons, who was our 1st PlaceTier II winner in this past June's inaugural JTVA Vocal Competition. In addition, she won the Tier II Audience Favorite Award. Watch her winning performances here.

Other JTVA Finalists joining Chelsea in this casual, relaxed afternoon will be the Tier II 3rd place winner, tenor Alex Taite, as well as Tier II Finalist, baritone Stefan Miller. Others raising their voices in song, will be Nick Bang, Adam Chase, Nick Hengl, Elizabeth Hunter-Ashley, Liz O’Neill, Tim Quock and Jamie Sanderson. At the piano, Bruce Haines will play for all these terrific performers who are volunteering their time and energy to help JTVA grow and thrive.

Put October 5th on your calendar and plan to join the board of directors of JTVA and all the wonderful singers who will be singing their hearts out in support of JTVA!

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4th Quarter, 3rd Down, and 5 to Go!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our donors, we have reached 75% of our 2014 goal of $20,000. As we close in on the final quarter of 2014, we plan to raise an additional $5,000 from individual donors. This is in keeping with our policy of raising the funds in advance of the year in which they will be needed. Your donation will help guarantee that we reach our total for the cash awards to be given out to the 2015 Finalists who will compete at next summer's 2nd JTVA Annual Vocal Competition on June 26 & 27, 2015.

Make a donation and help us achieve that final 25%! Twenty-five cents, $2.50, $25.00, $250 or certainly $2,500 would go a long way toward putting us past our goal of $20,000 in 2014!

Click here to make your fully tax deductible donation to JTVA or mail a check made out to JTVA to 466 Crescent Street #306, Oakland, CA 94610. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us get this far and to all of you who are planning on supporting us this year!

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Announcing the 2015 JTVA Vocal Competition

The 2nd Annual JTVA Vocal Competition is slated for June 26 & 27, 2015 at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the lovely Oakland hills campus of Holy Names University. Master Classes will take place on June 26th in the Studio Theater and the exciting second year Finals for Tier I and Tier II singers are scheduled forJune 27th in the Regents' Theater.

Beginning September 21, 2014, interested singers can submit applications online at YAP Tracker. Singers must complete the application, upload their videos, and pay a nonrefundable fee of $40. The "Early Bird" application deadline is December 21, 2014. A second and final deadline will beFebruary 24, 2015 with a higher fee. A preliminary panel of anonymous judges will narrow the number of singers to no more than 35 semifinalists. Following that, a second panel of judges will then select seven Finalists in each Tier who will be invited to Oakland to compete in the Final Round next summer.

Click here for additional information

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Welcome the Newest JTVA Board Member!

We are delighted to welcome Cheryl Blalock to the JTVA board of directors. Elected at the September 8th board meeting, Cheryl has been involved with singing for decades as a performer, teacher and supporter of all the vocal arts.

Following her retirement from a long career in the tech industry, she was recently selected as the executive director of the San Mateo based Masterworks Chorale. She joins seven other passionately interested members who are excited about JTVA and its mission.
 

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Want to Help Out Next Summer?

Volunteers are sought to work as ushers, ticket takers, homestay hosts for singers as well as drivers helping with transportation for out of town singers and judges!

If any reader would like to join in and assist at the competition weekend events, please send an email to jamestolandvocalarts@gmail.com and someone will be in touch to get you signed up!

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