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Kimberly Hawkey, a singer from Dobbs Ferry, took home the Oxnard Gold Medal and a $12000 cash prize at the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, GA last weekend. She was accompanied by pianist Assaf Gleizner, also from Dobbs Ferry. In addition to the first place honor, Kimberly also took home the coveted Johnny Mercer Award for her performance of the Mercer tune, "Goody Goody". Kimberly is the Artistic Coordinator at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah and a Music Director at the Play Group Theatre in White Plains.
The American Traditions Competition is a national competition featuring 32 incredible singers from a variety of backgrounds, selected from an applicant pool of several hundred. Every singer must prepare 9 songs, each in a different American genre (ex. folk, musical theater, jazz, opera, art song, country, blues, etc). The singers must impress the judges with their versatility, technique and artistry. Of the 32 Quarterfinalists, 12 move on to the Semifinals and only 5 move on to the Final round, held in the Lucas Theater in downtown Savannah.
Kimberly and Assaf's next scheduled performance is Caffe Vivaldi at 32 Jones St. in Manhattan at 7:30 p.m. February 9.
More information can be found at www.americantraditionscompetition.com and at www.kimberlyhawkey.com