Ten teams faced off in the vocal showdown of the year on Wednesday, April 19, during CincySings, ArtsWave's nationally-recognized model for employee engagement. Held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the event was emceed by Drew Lachey, best known for being a member of pop group 98 Degrees and crowned champion of season 2 of Dancing with the Stars
The panel of judges comprised members of Cincinnati's local art and entertainment scene: Bob Herzog, Local 12 anchor; Janelle Gelfand, arts writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer; Kathy Wade, an award-winning jazz vocalist and CEO of Learning Through Art, Inc.; and John Morris Russell, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. New this year was the addition of the Live Fan Favorite category - which generated a record-setting more than $8,000 in revenue for the ArtsWave Annual Community Campaign!
Corporate participation included teams from:
The P&Gtles with P&G;
Macy's in Harmony;
Insuring Harmony representing Cincinnati Insurance;
Sibcy Cabana from Sibcy Cline;
98.6 Degrees representing Christ Hospital;
A Cappella with a Fella representing Western & Southern Financial Group;
BB&Glee representing BB&T;
The Power Chords from Duke Energy;
and University of Cincinnati's HarmoniCATS.
98.6 Degrees was named Grand Prize Winner and Fan Favorite of the evening and the P&Gtles were named Runner Up. Winning teams earned a guaranteed spot in next year's CincySings.
CincySings will return in 2018, with 98.6 Degrees and the P&Gtles guaranteed to compete. Stay tuned! *All photography by Mikki Schaffner unless otherwise noted.