The 4th annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition will return on Saturday, April 24th between 5-9:30 pm with virtual performances broadcast live from the National Press Club. Our five finalists are Naledi Masilo (South Africa), Ariana Stefanidis (New York), Atrin Madani (Germany), Lucy Wijnands (Kansas City) and Taisha Estrada (Washington, DC). They have chosen selections from the Great American Songbook that feature Ella Fitzgerald and the renowned lyricist Johnny Mercer. The event will take place at the world-famous National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC and feature our iconic judges:
• Alison Crockett (George Washington University)
• Darden Purcell (George Mason University)
• Jessica Boykin-Settles (Howard University)
The competition will commence promptly at 5:00 pm with introductions and pre-recorded video performances of our five finalists, judges and a special appearance by members of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Admission will remain free however donations are strongly encouraged.