March, 2010

SBO Staff • ChoralHeadlinesMay 2010 • May 19, 2010

Roland Sponsors Most Powerful Voices Choir Contest

Roland Corporation U.S. is the musical instrument sponsor of the Most Powerful Voices choir contest, presented by the Gospel Music Channel and the American Heart Associations Power to End Stroke Campaign. This online choir competition is designed to involve entire worship communities, encouraging church members and their friends, co-workers, or others in their social network to vote for their favorite choir on the contest Web site.

Choirs can register and upload a video or MP3 recording of one song and provide pictures and background information. There are two categories: one for large choirs with more than 50 members and one for small choirs with 50 members or less. A panel of judges from the AHA, GMC, Roland, and a celebrity gospel artist will select the top 10 choirs in each category to advance to the final round where voting will be done by the public.

The winning choirs will receive $5,000 in musical instruments and recording gear from Roland, including the new V-Combo VR-700 Keyboard, the AX-SYNTH Shoulder Synthesizer, KC-110 Battery-Powered Keyboard Amplifier, and CD-2e SD/CD Recorder with CS-15R Stereo Microphone Kit. Winners will also be featured on the Gospel Music Channel, receive personalized coaching by EMI Gospel artist Myron Butler, and have the opportunity to perform live at the 2010 Power Awards in New York City.
Open submissions for the Most Powerful Voices contest will be taken through March 20, 2010.

For complete information on how to enter the Most Powerful Voices choir contest, visit

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