Washington, DC [January 28, 2020] – Twenty vocalists went head-to-head at the Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater on Jan. 27, where one soloist and one a cappella group rose above the competition to snag a spot in the iconic National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival and a panel of industry judges selected the GW Troubadours and Aurora Martin, an opera singer from Arlington, VA, as the winners of the seventh annual Sing Into Spring competition, an event that shines a spotlight on homegrown talent.
The GW Troubadours and Aurora Martin have secured a coveted spot to perform for thousands in the largest spectator event of the Festival, the nationally televised National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC, on Saturday, April 4.
Judges of the Sing Into Spring competition included WAMU News Anchor Gerri Mitchell; WJLA/ABC7 News Anchor Carl Willis; 97.1 WASH-FM Morning Host Toby Knapp; former Sing Into Spring winner Melissa “Randae” Harris; as well as producers of the Parade.
The GW Troubadours and Aurora Martin will perform among a standout lineup of celebrity entertainers, marching bands from across the country, energetic performers, giant colorful helium balloons, and elaborate floats in a magnificent musical showcase exclusively performed during the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC.
Grandstand seats for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® are on sale now and can be purchased at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. The grandstand section offers reserved seating along Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets NW. Standing along the Parade route is free and open to the public.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Paradeâ presented by Events DC is the largest spectator event throughout the Festival’s four-week duration, and will be held from 10:00am to noon on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The Parade is Metro-accessible via the Navy Memorial Station on the Yellow/Green lines or Federal Triangle Station on the Blue/Orange lines.
ABOUT THE WINNERS
Aurora Martin is quickly becoming recognized for her colorful and sparkling soprano. She completed her masters in Vocal Performance at The New England Conservatory (NEC). Her love of concert work led her to performances of Erik Satie’s Socrates and Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn with NEC’s orchestra and a notable performance of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Aurora received her Bachelor’s degrees in both Music and Chemistry from Virginia Tech and in 2011, she was selected as a Young Apprentice Artist with Opera Roanoke and made her professional debut as Inez in Il Trovatore.
THE GW TROUBADOURS
Founded in 1925, The GW Troubadours is George Washington University’s original a cappella group. Rooted in their passion for music, the Troubs bring a sense of community and family from their studio to the stage every time they perform. They have performed at the National Cathedral, The Obama White House, and The Supreme Court among other landmark DC institutions. Last year, they recorded their 6th studio album, “Ascent”, now on all major streaming platforms.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s greatest celebrations of spring. The 2020 Festival, March 20 – April 12, includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, or check out Facebook (CherryBlossomFestival), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and Instagram (@CherryBlossFest).