All About Teen Star


Inspired by the hit TV show American Idol®, First Columbia Bank & Trust is the proud sponsor of this annual event— now in its 7th 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.

This year, we have modified the format and the competition will be just for vocalists. 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 pop music, to show tunes, and some even showcased their own original songs.

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 2017!

You can look forward to another great show this year. Over the past six years, First Columbia Bank has awarded $30,000 in prize money.  In addition, the bank has given more than $30,000 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.