|Two Limestone College students are taking their talents from the small town to the stage as they prepare to compete in a national music competition later this month.
Rising junior J.R. Bloomer and rising senior Luke Holt will be traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) voice competition semi-finals on June 21.
“I am so thrilled to be going to nationals again. I thank God every day for the gifts that He has given me,” Holt said.
A concert will be held at Limestone Theatre on Leadmine St. this Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m., to raise travel funds for the students. Admission is free and donations will be accepted.
“People can expect to see songs that me and Luke competed with in this competition, both this year and last year, as well as a couple of duets with guest performers,” Bloomer said.
Holt hopes that the concert will send the message of thanks to the community of Gaffney.
“This concert is a fun way to thank the community for their constant support of the arts. Without an amazingly supportive community, the arts would struggle,” Holt said.
The music theatre majors first competed on the state level at Converse College in Spartanburg in October of last year.
Bloomer and Holt advanced to the Mid-Atlantic regional at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. The regional included vocalists from Maryland/Washington D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Bloomer was able to take first place in his category and Holt qualified to advance to the next level.
The next level was a national video round, which had the singers who had qualified from 14 regions across the United States to submit YouTube videos.
Judging found Bloomer and Holt qualifying to where they are today: the national competition coming up in Las Vegas.
Bloomer is excited for this chance to compete on the national stage.
“It feels like such an incredible opportunity. It’s really exciting to be able to get this chance to compete and make connections with talented performers from all over the country,” he said.
(Article by Cheyenne Walsh, The Gaffney Ledger)