Cincinnati's hottest sing-off went down on Wednesday, April 11. 12 teams, representing 10 area companies, came together to bring their vocal talents to the stage of Music Hall for the fifth annual ArtsWave CincySings, a nationally-recognized model for employee engagement brought to you by Accenture.
This year, the competition was hosted by Local 12 anchor — and viral makeup tutorial superstar — Bob Herzog. The Fan Favorite voting, provided along with a livestream of the event itself by Cincinnati.com, was hosted by Q102's Jon Jon. Judges included Reds legend, Bronson Arroyo, Emmy-nominated producer and singer, Kathy Wade, Producing Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, D. Lynn Meyers, and former Cincinnati Ballet Senior Soloist and current Artistic Director of Education and Outreach at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, Jay Goodlett.
This was the second year for the Fan Favorite challenge, and we're thrilled to say that voting raised more than twice as much as last year at $21,000! Our sincerest thanks to the 1,000 people who attended the event and the 2,500 who watched the livestream for their enthusiasm and generosity.
The teams who attended, including honors they won, were:
Insuring Harmony, from Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Fifth Third Bank Notes, from Fifth Third Bank
Bluehemian Rhapsody, from Cincinnati Children's
Just Roll With It, from Cincinnati Children's
HarmoniCATS, from University of Cincinnati
Most Cincy Spirit
Comms Crooners, from P&G
Slow Fill & the Pressurettes, from Imflux
Heart & Soul Award
The Headwinds, from Ohio National Financial Services
98.6 Degrees, from Christ Hospital
The Power Chords, from Duke Energy
Second Runner Up
Cincy Bell Tones, from Cincinnati Bell
First Runner Up
And our Grand Prize winner:
Harmony of Hearts, from Western & Southern!
Winners are guaranteed a spot in next year's competition. The Grand Prize winners will also sing the National Anthem at Reds game this summer!
CincySings will return in 2018!
Photo credit (all photos): Lyell Photography