Seven schools will compete in the final round of the first all-island Youth Choir Competition at the Lions Community Centre on March 21.
The competition, hosted by the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, aims to raise money to assist the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Choirs from St. Ignatius Catholic School, Cayman Prep and High School, Savannah Primary School, John Gray and Clifton Hunter high schools, Montessori by the Sea, and Triple C School choirs have been selected from among several public and private schools in the preliminary round.
Local judges Nicole Bodden and Georgi-Ann Jackman and overseas judge Priscilla Blanco will choose the winners at the Lions Centre. In the preliminary round, judges choose the finalists by listening to pre-recordings of the choirs.
Schools will compete for first place in their category from junior to senior, and from these finalists the Youth Choir Competition Champion will be chosen. The winning choir will receive $500 toward the school’s music department.
Lions organizers pointed out the positive impact of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
“Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, they start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential,” said Ewan Jacques, Lions vice president.
“Through this event, we will be able to support this program and continue to positively impact the youth of the Cayman Islands,” he added.
In addition, he said, the competition allows for the Lions Club of Grand Cayman to advocate for the arts and give exposure to music programs in public and private schools.
The competition starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. There will be a raffle draw as well. General admission is $10; or $5 for children under 12.