The SMSO Wants to Know Who's "Got Talent?"



For the first time ever, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra will host a music talent competition. The event, named “GOT TALENT?” offers local acts from two age groups, “Ages 12-18” and “Ages 19 & up”, the chance to compete for cash prizes. Singers, dancers, instrumentalists, solo or group, are invited to audition. If the act includes music, the SMSO wants to see it! 


Auditions will take place on Fridays during the month of March at The GhostLight Theatre, 101 Hinkley St., Benton Harbor, MI. Preliminary Auditions will occur March 6th, 13th, and 20th, 2020. There is a $150 non-refundable audition fee due with registration, and payment guarantees the opportunity to audition. A limited number of sponsorships will be available for individuals who cannot afford the audition fee. Registration deadline is March 4, 2020. More details, including the registration form, are available online at


All acts will receive an assigned day and time to audition. There are a limited spots available, so registering early is recommended. Competing acts from the three Preliminary Audition dates will be narrowed down to a group that will compete at the Semi-Finals on Friday, March 27, 2020. Tickets to attend the auditions are $15, and are available through the SMSO.


The Final Competition will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 5:30pm at The Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall 1100 Yore Ave. in Benton Harbor, MI. A total of 8 finalists (4 from each age group) will perform for the chance to win the Grand Prize. Winners from the two age groups will receive a cash prize and a show of their own! The Final Competition will be a memorable evening filled with fun and entertainment. Tickets to attend the final competition are $100, and include the show and dinner. 


The Audition Judges include a group of professional performers with local community ties. Kecia Deroly, is a theatre veteran and world-travelled concert performer. She has performed on Broadway, as well as Carnegie Hall. Erick Fisher is a professional saxophonist for over 15 years, and  recording artist. Dancer, Lanie Schrubba has been a student, performer, instructor and choreographer. 


For more information about the audition, final competition, or to purchase tickets, please contact the SMSO 269-982-4030 or visit:


About the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of our community since 1951 and is known for presenting innovative programming. The SMSO is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on private support and volunteers to fund and maintain its array of musical, educational and community programs.


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