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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2019 Season > FAME Show Choir National Finals 2019

Event Info

May 4th, 2019

Venue Info

Genesee Theatre
203 N. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Phone: (847) 782-2366

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  8 Mixed Groups
  3 Womens Groups


  Kevin Breazeale
  Shelley Johnson
  Megan Tantillo
  Jarad Voss
  Eron Smith

Ticket Prices:

$60 General Admission
$70 Premium Ticket


FAME Show Choir National Finals 2019

Live Stream
Event Site

 Mixed Division


 Pointe Singers
 Grosse Pointe South High School
First Place 
Best Choreography 
Best Costumes 
Most Original Selection ("Henry Ford") 
Best Male Stage Presence (Andrew Fleming) 
Best Female Stage Presence (Elaina Calisi) 

 Minstrel Magic
 Carroll High School
Second Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Show Design 
Best Crew 

 Rhythm of the Knight
 Uniondale High School
Third Place 

 Jenks High School
4th Place 
Best Band 
Best Male Soloist (James Taber) 
Best Female Soloist (Emily Thresher) 

 The Music Machine
 Bonita Vista High School
5th Place 

 The Coalition

 Colby High School
No Placement 


 Gretna High School
No Placement 

 Varsity Singers

 Huntington North High School
No Placement 

 Womens Division


 Select Sound
 Carroll High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Show Design 
Best Soloist (Kaylee Haney) 

 Tower Belles
 Grosse Pointe South High School
Second Place 
Best Stage Presence 

 Viking Volume
 Huntington North High School
Third Place 

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pizzapizza on Apr 29, 2019, 4:40 AM
Post #41
No finals?

Jeff. on Apr 29, 2019, 5:11 PM
Post #43
There is a non-competitive closed door sound check performance in the morning and the actual competition itself is a one-and-done performance. No finals.

emkdell on Apr 29, 2019, 11:41 AM
Post #42
GC: Carroll “Minstrel Magic”
1st Runner-up: Grosse Point South “Pointe Singers”
2nd Runner-up: Bonita Vista “The Music Machine”
3rd Runner-up: Uniondale “Rhythm of the Knight”
4th Runner-up: Huntington North “Varsity Singers”
GC: Grosse Point South “Tower Belles”
1st Runner-up: Carroll “Select Sound”
2nd Runner-up: Huntington North “Viking Volume”

VCfan on Apr 26, 2019, 6:53 PM
Post #40
Women's Predictions
GC: Grosse Pointe
1RU: Carroll
2RU: Huntington North

willieboi2000 on Apr 25, 2019, 8:30 PM (Edited by willieboi2000)
Post #37
For a "national finals" competition, so many nationally-renowned choirs aren't attending.. seems strange and anti-climatic. No disrespect at all to the groups competing here, as they all should be incredibly proud of their successes this season, but I wonder why so many nationally ranked and known groups choose not to compete in this circuit.

itsbreyer on Apr 25, 2019, 9:23 PM (Edited by itsbreyer)
Post #38
I’d say a good deal of this is in response to the recent increase of attendance in the Heart Of America events. They’re fairly popular right now, with groups such as Loveland, ATSC, Marysville, Ankeny Centennial, Johnston, etc. all choosing to attend one of their various locations. Typically groups will go on one “national” trip per year. So with multiple big name groups choosing a HOA competition as that trip, it’s understandable that the density and attendance of several FAME lineups have seen a decline. Nonetheless, I think this line-up is pretty wild in terms of predictability (which is very exciting), and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Jeff. on Apr 26, 2019, 4:22 AM
Post #39
It's complicated. In general while fans and community members want a "national championship"-type event, it isn't feasible given the current landscape and I don't think music educators care much one way or another. So I think fans just have to accept that. File it alongside "is show choir a sport?" and "show choir rankings" as popularly discussed topics that ultimately don't really matter.

In terms of FAME, they deserve credit for at least trying. It was a huge deal when this started in 2011. Some newer folks maybe weren't around for that, but it was a game changer and there were several years where it was wildly successful. Even then, and still now, there was the challenge of a choir program committing to two* FAME competitions (regional qualifier and finals). That's a pretty significant commitment and can be really constraining on how a director shapes their season. *Also to note attending two FAME comps isn't technically required anymore, but that change was primarily due to a lack of interest as opposed to a progressive change. Another challenge is that sometimes folks simply don't want to have a Chicago* (*Waukegan) trip every year and instead want to switch it up with Orlando, Nashville, Boston, Fairfield, etc. Back before the finals, FAME had the Show Choir Cup which rotated between their sites and that was basically deemed the big FAME event for the year. Branson 2005 and Chicago 2008 are notable years for the Cup. I'm somewhat surprised they haven't switched back to that model.

idmjedi on Apr 25, 2019, 5:19 PM
Post #36
GC: Carroll (BC)
1RU: Grosse Pointe South (BV)
2RU: Uniondale
3RU: Bonita Vista
4RU: Jenks
5RU: Huntington North
6RU: Gretna
7RU: Colby

Single Gender:
GC: Carroll (Sweep)
1RU: Grosse Pointe South
2RU: Huntington North


petersings26 on Apr 25, 2019, 3:50 PM
Post #35
GC: Carroll (BV) (BB)
1RU: Grosse Pointe South
2RU: Bonita Vista
3RU: Uniondale (BC)
4RU: Huntington North
5RU: Jenks
6RU: Gretna
7RU: Colby
GC: Tower Belles (Sweep)
1RU: Select Sound
2RU: Viking Volume
What's really cool about this event is so many of these groups are evenly matched, and it'll be really cool to see them all go head to head.

VCfan on Apr 25, 2019, 3:01 PM
Post #34
Predictions now that the roster is in:
GC: Bonita Vista "The Music Machine (BV) (BC)
1RU: Carroll "Minstrel Magic" (BB)
2RU: Uniondale "Rhythm Of The Knight"
3RU: Grosse Pointe "Pointe Singers"
4RU: Huntington North "Varsity Singers"
5RU: Jenks "Trojanaires"
6RU: Gretna "Revolution"
7RU: Colby "The Coalition"
This could be WAY off. Honestly everyone here is so good, so who knows what's going to happen. Good luck to all competing.

ThomasL on Apr 23, 2019, 7:11 PM
Post #22
"General Admission tickets run $60 per ticket. Reserved seating Premium Tickets cost $70 each. All GENERAL ADMISSION tickets will be sent in advance. PREMIUM TICKETS will be held at WILL CALL."


Kettlecorn on Apr 23, 2019, 7:15 PM
Post #23


EmilieG on Apr 23, 2019, 6:37 AM
Post #21
I really wish they would post the schedule for this! People need to make arrangements?

JWill on Apr 23, 2019, 3:47 AM
Post #20

idmjedi on Apr 21, 2019, 10:40 PM
Post #19
Does anybody know when the schedule will be released?

VCfan on Apr 21, 2019, 4:29 AM
Post #17
Based on who’s going so far, this competition is going to be STACKED. And we don’t even have the full lineup yet!


petersings26 on Apr 21, 2019, 2:54 PM
Post #18
I wouldn't say stacked, but definitely way more interesting and exciting than last year.


tigerlily on Apr 16, 2019, 5:59 AM
Post #12
Sounds like The Music Machine from Bonita Vista High School in California might attend!????


Grady Elbel on Apr 17, 2019, 11:16 PM
Post #13
We are now!

Kaidy.Smith on Apr 18, 2019, 1:24 PM
Post #14
Is your girl group going as well?


Grady Elbel on Apr 18, 2019, 1:59 PM
Post #15
No it’s just Machine this time sadly

Kaidy.Smith on Apr 18, 2019, 3:35 PM
Post #16
Okay thank you

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