Cincy’s hottest singing competition once again rocked Music Hall this past Tuesday. ArtsWave CincySings, brought to you by Accenture, showcased ten choirs from companies across Greater Cincinnati, each getting their time in the spotlight and competing to be crowned the region’s top singing company.
Returning this year to the American Idol-like competition were the dynamic hosting duo, Local 12 anchor Bob Herzog and Q102's JonJon. Joining them were judges Kathy Wade, Emmy-nominated singer/producer, Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds legend, and newcomers Victoria Morgan, artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet, and Tyshawn Colquitt, six-time winner of "Showtime at the Apollo" and contestant on NBC's "The Voice."
ArtsWave CincySings has built quite the following over the years. This year's rendition reflected that support. Nearly 1,000 tickets were distributed and over 2,200 viewed online through the live simulcast on Cincinnati.com. While the judges were tasked with choosing the top three winning choirs, those 3,200+ audience members also got in the act through the Cincinnati.com Online Fan Favorite competition. The winner of the Fan Favorite automatically qualifies for next year’s competition. Proceeds support the 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign. Thanks to a matching gift by event sponsor Accenture, the online vote raised over $12,000 to be invested back into the community through 100+ ArtsWave-funded organizations.
Our thanks to everyone who attended, the companies and employees who participated, our judges and hosts, and, of course, Accenture for their continued support.
Below are the choirs that competed, along with the awards they won:
Lettuce Sing, from Kroger
SHMB, from P&G and Imflux
The Power Chords, from Duke Energy
The Mount Singers, from Mount St. Joseph University
Best Cincinnati Spirit
Harmony of Hearts, from Western & Southern
A Million Dreams Choir, from Cincinnati Children's Medical Center
The Cincy Bell Tones, from Cincinnati Bell
Most Patriotic and Fan Favorite
Negotiable Instruments, from Fifth Third Bank
2nd Runner Up
In Harmony, from Macy's
1st Runner Up
And Our Grand Champion:
Sing United Ensemble, from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati!
Winners are guaranteed a spot in next year's competition. The Grand Prize winners will also sing the National Anthem at the Reds game on June 14, 2019!
CincySings will return in 2019!
Photo credit (all photos): Good Story Co.