The WSO invites Windsor Essex (W-E) County Residents to Take Centre Stage!


Windsor, Ontario – February 20, 2019


If you are a Windsor-Essex resident and think you have an Awesome Talent,

the Windsor Symphony Orchestra invites you to audition.  The competition is open to all kinds of talent… aspiring musicians…dancers…actors…acrobats, magicians…or something else we may never have seen!


WHY ARE WE HOLDING A TALENT CONTEST?  We know there are many, many talented people here in Windsor and Essex County.  We want to give them a chance to shine.  On September 27 and 29, 2019, ten of the most talented amateur performers across Windsor Essex will compete on the Pentastar Stage in the heritage Capitol Theatre before a live audience. The Grand Prize winner will receive a free booking at the Capitol.

WHO CAN AUDITION?   Residents of Windsor and Essex County. Individuals and groups are welcome to try out, non-professionals only please – if 51% or more of your income is earned from your talent, you are not eligible to participate.   Auditionees under the age of eighteen (18) must show proof of permission from parent or guardian to enter the contest.

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?  All applicants will be invited to a preliminary audition on Monday, April 8th.  Based on the application and the performance, the Music Director, together with the Assistant Conductor, will make the selections for the shortlist.  In addition to conducting classical music, our conductors Robert and Daniel have extensive experience in theatre, pop music, musical theatre, and dance.

The ten finalists will perform in the final competition on one of the two opening concerts of the WSO Pops Series next season, Friday, September 27th (evening concert) and Sunday, September 29th (afternoon concert). For each performance, a panel of judges will select a first, second and third place winner.  The Grand Prize winner will be selected from the two first place winners.


WHO ARE THE JUDGES?  We have invited five people with a blend of skills and knowledge to form the team of judges.

The Panel will include

Craig Pearson, Managing Editor, The Windsor Star

Tim Trombley, Director of Entertainment, Caesars Windsor

Lisa Williams, Co-host, The Morning Drive AM 800

Daniel Wiley, Assistant Conductor, Windsor Symphony Orchestra



The prizes for each concert with be as follows:



W.E. Got Talent Winner Debut Event Package! One FREE Eight hour Booking in the Theatre of your Choice (Maximum Value $1950). Scheduling based on theatre availability.




  • First Prize: $500 cash
  • Second Prize: A pair of tickets to the WSO’s WIFF Celebration and a pair of tickets to a WIFF movie of your choice during the 2019 annual film festival
  • Third Prize: A pair of tickets to WSO Holiday Pops



HOW DO I SIGN UP?  Go to the WSO Website, https://bit.ly/2GQ7Fhn
$25.00 registration fee applies.

Deadline for Registration:  March 31, 2019.



For more information, please contact:

Sheila Wisdom

Executive Director, Windsor Symphony Orchestra
T. 519-973-1238 ex. 19
E. swisdom@windsorsymphony.com


The Windsor Symphony Orchestra:  Connecting people of Windsor and Essex County through the power and passion of music

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