Finalist notifications have been emailed, thank you to everyone who applied!


Are you a Holiday Pops! Star?

Here is your chance to sing a solo with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra! The GSO is holding a competition to find our very first Holiday Pops Star! The winner will sing Irving Berlin’s White Christmas with the orchestra onstage at the Marietta Performing Arts Center on December 1, 2018. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of the region’s favorite holiday music events!

Important Dates: Please apply only if you are available for all the dates/times listed.

First round Submission deadline: November 21, 2018
Finalists Notification: November 24, 2018
Second Round Live Audition: November 27th, 2018 7:30pm
Rehearsal with Orchestra: November 30, 2018 8:15pm
Performances: December 1, 2018 3PM and 8PM


Minimum Age: 18 years old by submission deadline

Applicants may not be a professional singer and may not be a member of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra or Chorus.

First round: online submission, deadline is November 21, 2018
Final round: live audition in front of the GSO chorus, 7:30pm November 27th, 2018 at Marietta Performing Arts Center

First round submission materials : In an email, include a brief biography/background information about yourself (no more than 4 sentences in the body of the email text) and audio of the stanzas of White Christmas in the key of Bb either via mp3 attachment, or a link to online sharing service (youtube, vimeo, etc.) Please ensure that any links are either public or unlisted but without passwords. Applications with incorrect links or links requiring passwords will be disqualified.

In the key of Bb, starting pitch is D.

[Rehearsal number 36]
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white”
[Rehearsal number 66]

Second round requirements: live audition in front of the GSO chorus singing complete song with intro material (The sun is shinning, the grass is green….)


Supplemental information for applicants:

Reference Recording:

First round excerpt

Final round full audio


Please note: reference recordings are provided to give you a general idea of tempo and style of accompaniment and are not intended to be a representative way it should be performed. So be yourself!


Download Sheet music (ability to read music is not required but helpful.)

White Christmas Sheet Music



How to apply:

Send all application information no later than November 21, 2018 to:[email protected]

Biographies should be included in the text body of the email, no more than 4 sentences please.

Make sure to include mp3 attachment or links to accessible videos online.

Good luck!