— The American Traditions Vocal Competition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more about our mission, our vision, our history and our incredible board.
Our 2018-2019 Board:
Allen Henderson, President
Susan Whitaker, Vice President
Mikki Sodergren, Artistic Director
Jim Wann, Secretary
Marc Tate, Treasurer
Danny Cohen, Past President
Prior to her appointment as Artistic Director, Mikki Sodergren has been involved with several musical organizations in Savannah. Serving as a young artist with the Savannah Voice Festival from 2012- 2014, Mikki went on to win the Gold Medal at the 2014 American Traditions Vocal Competition, taking the Ben Tucker Jazz Award and the Johnny Mercer Award with her.
Ms. Sodergren continued to work with the ATC as a production assistant to former Artistic Consultant, Vale Rideout from 2015- 2017. Mikki has also performed with the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Savannah Friends of Music, and looks forward to continuing collaboration efforts within the artistic community of Savannah, Georgia.
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The American Traditions Vocal Competition celebrates and preserves all styles of classic American music. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes these songs by producing an annual vocal competition in Savannah, Georgia, that awards over $35,000 in cash prizes. As part of community-driven service and initiative, the organization provides musical education, exposure and performances for Savannah locals of all ages.
The American Traditions Vocal Competition was born of the desire to foster and preserve traditions of musical expression, which have been significant in the culture of the United States, both in past eras and at the present time. In contrast to many music competitions that focus on European repertoire, the American Traditions Competition celebrates the repertoire that represents both the art and the popular cultures of our country.
The Competition embraces and recognizes the validity of the many performance styles that emanate from this repertoire. It subscribes to belief that, although some of the styles were born in an environment of spontaneous expression and at one time or another enjoyed widespread popularity, these musical forms evolved to incorporate identifiable characteristics of excellence and artistic integrity. These qualities form the basis of adjudication in the American Traditions Vocal Competition.
It is hoped that the Competition will foster heightened appreciation for and celebration of these forms of musical expression, and that through this process, we will become more intensely aware of the fact that at the heart of our beauty and strength as a people is our diversity.