All About Teen Star
Inspired by the hit TV show American Idol®, First Columbia Bank & Trust is the proud sponsor of this annual event—still going strong in year 10! 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.
While this year our final event will be hosted virtually and will run a bit different, in previous years we would invite relatives, friends, and a supportive community to 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. Songs you hear range from contemporary and pop music, to show tunes and opera--and some showcase their own original music.
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 another $45,000 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' music programs — and have a whole lot of fun in the process.