A Vocal Competition

Benefiting The Studio of The Sooner Theatre


The Sooner Theatre of Norman, in cooperation with other local businesses, is hosting a competition to support the educational programs of The Studio of The Sooner Theatre. This year's competition will support the purchase, renovation and equipment at the new permanent location for The Studio of The Sooner Theatre in Downtown Norman. 

The first round of the competition will be conducted through video submission followed by a preliminary event to be held at the Sooner Theatre on Sept 24, 2018.


This year's special guest judge

Grammy award winner Linda Davis


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Competition Entry

Entries will be accepted beginning August 15, 2018.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm, Friday, September 17, 2018 



entry Submission:

  • Entry is available only online via submission to
  • Cost per entry is $35.00 (non-refundable)
  • Contestants chosen to continue to the semi-finals and finals must be available for a live performance on September 24, 2018, (semi-finals) and September 27, 2018 (finals).
  • Entries must be solos, duos, trios or quartets. No groups larger than quartets will be accepted.
  • Soloists may enter a second entry as part of a duo, trio or quartet, but no one may enter more than one solo submission.

How to Submit:

  • Create your video submission using a phone or a video camera. Keep it simple. The quality of the video image will not be judged. 
  • Upload your video submission to YouTube using a phone or computer.
  • Complete our competition entry form (with payment) and provide the direct link in the form.

Age Categories:

  • 7-12 Years of age
  • 13-17 Years of age
  • 18 years old and up

    Officials will place duets/trios/quartets in appropriate age categories. Singers must be age 7 or older.

Song selections:

  • Songs from any musical genre are permitted
  • Song selection must be no longer than three minutes, and must be appropriate for audiences of all ages
  • Backing tracks or self-accompaniment are permitted


  • Immediate family (parents, children, siblings), extended family (grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins,nephews, nieces), and members of the same household of all Sooner Theatre staff, board or HSRG are ineligible to enter as participants in The Voice Of The Heartland competition. 
  • Contestants cannot be under contract for recording with a record label.
  • The Semi-final round will be judged by a panel of industry experts
  • During the Finals round, the audience vote will determine the final winner. The Finals will be a benefit dinner event. There will not be enough available tickets for any one contestant to stack the house with voters.


GRAND PRIZE includes:

  • Cash Prize
  • more prize details coming soon!


  • Cash Prize
  • And more!


Check back here after the semi-finals and final performances for a list of winning entries.


Semi-Finals Event Tickets


Sept 24, 2018

Semi-finalists in each category will be chosen to perform before celebrity judges on Monday, Sept 24, 2018, at The Sooner Theatre.

A sound system, one corded hand held microphone and a keyboard will be provided.

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Finals Event Tickets


Sept 27, 2018

Finalists in each category will be chosen to perform before celebrity judges on Thursday, Sept 27, 2018, at Southwind Hills Event Barn.

A sound system, one corded hand held microphone and a keyboard will be provided.

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Hal Smith & The Studio of THE Sooner Theatre
cordially invite you to an event to benefit

Western Dinner, libations, Silent Auction & Entertainment by The Wise Guys

Special entertainment by the finalists of  The Voice Of The Heartland Vocal Competition

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm  •  Southwind Hills Event Barn