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All About Teen Star

The 9th Annual First Columbia Teen Star Musical Competition Finale was held Sunday, Sunday, June 2nd at Haas Auditorium, Bloomsburg University. 

Inspired by the hit TV show American Idol®, First Columbia Bank & Trust is the proud sponsor of this annual event— still going strong in its 9th year! As a local community bank, this is a fun and entertaining way First Columbia shows support for our youth, the performing arts, and our local schools.

Since its debut in 2011, hundreds of high school students from our area schools have boldly, courageously, and confidently stepped up to audition for the First Columbia Teen Star. Many talented young students come out to audition, and the judges always have a difficult task of choosing just 12 to advance to the finale.

The first place prize is $2,000! The second, third and fourth place finishers win $1,000, $750, and $350, respectively. And, the remaining eight finalists each receive $100.

At the final event, relatives, friends, and a supportive community will gather at the Bloomsburg University’s impressive Mitrani Hall to cheer on the 12 finalists as they perform for a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industries. In previous years, songs have ranged from contemporary and pop music, to show tunes and opera.

After each finalist performs, the judges narrow the field to three. We then invite the audience to text message their vote for a fourth finalist to advance to the final round.  This “audience save” gets our fans involved and adds an extra element of surprise to the show.  These four finalists compete in a final performance to determine who will be crowned First Columbia Teen Star!

Over the past nine years, First Columbia Bank has awarded $45,000 in prize money.  In addition, the bank has given more than $40,000 in ticket proceeds and donations to our area’s high school music departments.

Teen Star is all about giving young musicians an opportunity to showcase their talents, meet new friends, win prize money for themselves and their schools — and have a whole lot of fun in the process.

Be sure to keep up with Teen Star throughout the year on Facebook.