* Purdue Musical Organizations

April 9, 2007

Singers, dancers to compete in campuswide event

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Student groups will go head to head in vocal and dance performances during University Sing, an annual competition that will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday (April 14) at Slayter Center for the Performing Arts.

There will be two categories of performers: group vocal and dance/step. Competitors come from a variety of student organizations, fraternities, sororities and cooperative houses. The event is free and open to the public.

Brad McKinney and Alysha Daytner from the Purdue Student Government radio show will serve as emcees. Judges include Thomas Robinson, vice president of student services; Jonathan Foltz and Eric Van Houten, the outgoing and incoming student body presidents; and Rachel Cumberbatch, the student representative on the Purdue board of trustees.

Groups will be judged on criteria including originality, execution, stage presence, music quality, overall performance and audience response. The top three groups in each division will receive awards, and a special Purdue Spirit Award will be given to the group that shows the most spirit and support for U-Sing.

Prior to the U-Sing competition, high school students will have a chance to compete in Purdue Idol at 6:30 p.m. Contestants will have a chance to earn a Purdue scholarship and "fast track" through auditions for a Purdue Musical Organizations ensemble.

"Phenomena," a student-produced rock show featuring the men and women of Purdue Musical Organizations, will follow U-Sing and includes all new songs and an updated stage layout.

Support for U-Sing comes from Purdue Musical Organizations, a Grand Alternative grant, Purdue Student Government, Liberal Arts Student Council, Purdue Student Union Board, Lafayette Savings Bank and Schug Awards.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Sources: Corey Lee, University Sing Student Board chair, (317) 445-2454,

Steve Schlenk, Purdue Musical Organizations assistant to the director, (765) 496-6091,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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