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Lift Every Voice Auditions


Lift Every Voice for Dr. King: A Singer Showcase
Friday – Sunday January 17-19, 2025, 7:00pm
Led by the Dee Spencer Trio
with Special Guests Clairdee (Friday), Michelle Jacques (Saturday) and
Renée Lubin (Sunday)
Joe Henderson Lab
201 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Community Audition Notice
Dr. Dee Spencer invites community members to audition to sing with her ensemble and special guests as part of the Lift Every Voice for Dr. King: A Singer Showcase that will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at SFJAZZ from January 17 – 19, 2025.

Audition Process
The auditions are open to non-professional participants of all ages. Prior vocal training is not required.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing three memorized songs of their choice that are representative of pivotal genres of Black American music (for example, Spirituals, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Funk and Soul).

Given the theme of the showcase, it is preferable that at least one of the songs should somehow relate to MLK’s legacy or the African-American civil rights movement.

Auditions can take place live in-person (Thursdays from 4:00pm – 8:00pm) or online OR be pre-recorded videos uploaded to the YouTube or Vimeo platforms.

For more information and to schedule a live audition (or to submit links to a pre-recorded video), send an email to Dr. Spencer at [email protected]

Rehearsals and Coaching
Those selected to be part of the showcase will need to be available for rehearsals at the following dates and times and ONE of the performance dates (January 17 - 19, 2025).

Wednesday November 13, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday December 12, TIME TBD
Monday January 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday January 14, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Rehearsals will take place at:
Room CA 151
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Street, San Francisco, CA 94132

The Dee Spencer Trio will play at all rehearsals and the three guest artists will be present at the November and January rehearsals. Each session will include coaching and attention to vocal technique.

The Lift Every Voice for Dr. King: A Singer Showcase is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco International Arts Festival and presented with the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Dream Keeper Initiative grant program.

San Francisco International Arts Festival
Phone Number: 415-399-9554 | Email: [email protected]
1222 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109



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