The first round of auditions for Southern Vermont Idol will occur on Saturday, April 23 at the event’s new home. The Moose Lodge is located at 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont. Participants should use the auditorium stage entrance on Henry Street, which will be marked.

Youth and adults will audition in different time slots. Youth ages 6-12 are scheduled between 2-4pm, and adults 13+ from 6-8pm. Contestants may perform a song of their choosing and provide their own CD, email an MP3 file with paid registration or perform acapella.

Online registration is urged but walk-in’s are accepted. The registration fee per audition is $10 for youth and $30 for adults. Contestants may audition on all three dates – April 23, May 14 and June 18 – in order for the highest score to count toward determining who will compete.

New this year is audience participation in determining who will go through to the event. Audience paid admission comes with a voting ballot, and audience votes will count for 75% of the total score. Audience ticket prices can be purchased online or at the door at a cost of $10 General Admit, $5 Seniors 62+, Youth 12 and under free.

Twenty adult and 12 youth contestants will be notified no later than June 25. The event competition begins on Saturday, July 9 and continues on July 16, 23, 30 and the finale will occur on Friday, August 5. The adult grand prize is $1500. Four adults and four youth will receive prizes, awarded at the August 5 finale.

For twelve years, the premiere amateur singing competition known as Keene Idol was a signature event in Keene, NH. In 2016, producer Susan MacNeil, who has relocated to Bellows Falls, VT will present the 13th year of the event under its new name. For the purposes of this event, “amateur” is defined as a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession.

Net proceeds benefit the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), a nonprofit organization in Bellows Falls, Vermont. RAMP celebrates 20 years of commitment to integrating the arts into the long-term sustainability of the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making.

For all details and ticket purchases and to be added to the email list and/or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact MacNeil at or call 603-313-0052.