Finalists are chosen for Tulsa Sings!

Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College named six finalists in Tulsa Sings!

The vocal competition, launched last fall, will culminate with the final round and April performance with the Signature Symphony at TCC. Tulsa Sings! shines the spotlight on Tulsa’s undiscovered talent and is part of Signature Symphony’s year-long season exploring Tulsa’s music connections.

Ranging in age from 16 to 64, the finalists are Dennis Crookedacre, 64, Broken Arrow, licensed professional counselor; Kelly Ford, 58, Tulsa, director of traditional music at Harvard Avenue Christian Church; Kristi Grady, 47, Collinsville, operating room nurse at Tulsa hospital; Tommy Mason, 60, Tulsa, retired; Emily Thresher, 16, Tulsa, attends Jenks High School; Allison Walden, 37, Tulsa, Tulsa Regional Chamber senior vice president of resource development.

“This season is all about highlighting Tulsa’s music connections whether that is our music heritage or, as with Tulsa Sings!, the rich talent that exists in Tulsa now,” said Andrés Franco, Signature Symphony at TCC Music Director.

Walden, a Broken Arrow mother of two, entered the competition with a video she recorded in her car. Thresher turned 16 two days before being announced as a finalist.

Grady, who is an operating room nurse at a Tulsa hospital, is from Collinsville. Ford appeared on Star Search and sang with the Voices of Liberty at Disney World’s EPCOT Center. Mason has performed many times with the Red Glove Revue on the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education stage and Crookedacre is a counselor by day and singer by night.

The six finalists will perform April 6 and 7 with Broadway’s Scott Coulter and other top New York vocalists at Signature Symphony’s final Pops concert of this season. A panel of judges will select the Tulsa Sings! grand prize winner.

The judges include Coulter, vocalist and performer Mark Frie, The Voice contestant Brian Nhira, and others. The grand prizewinner could have the opportunity to be featured in an upcoming Signature Symphony concert during the 2018-2019 season.

“We have been very impressed by the level of talent displayed by the contestants in this year’s competition. I am thrilled to announce Tulsa Sings! will return for the 2018-2019 season as well,” said Franco. Tickets are available at or by calling 918-595-7777. Individual tickets purchased in advance start at $12 for a performance.