American Traditions Vocal Collection 30th Anniversary Season

Staff Report

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

American Traditions Vocal Collection is scheduled for their 30th anniversary season. Beginning with educational events, the local nonprofit will then offer concerts, as well as their seasonal highlight: their international vocal competition for professional singers. With a mission of celebrating and preserving all classic styles of American song, the ATC is the only music organization of its kind. All events at Plant Riverside District are part of a new partnership between the two organizations, called ATC x PRD.

The season of events kicks off on Friday, February 3 with The Junior ATC Finals – the culminating, public performance of ATC’s major educational initiative: the Junior ATC. More than just a singing competition, the Junior ATC teaches regional and local high school vocalists poise, confidence and helps them to find a community. Vying for privately funded cash prizes totaling $1,500.00, this event is supported by Gulfstream Aerospace, with investment by the City of Savannah. The Junior ATC Finals are free with registration and take place at District Live in Plant Riverside District’s Atlantic Building from 7-9 pm on February 3, 2023. 400 W. River St.

On Saturday, February 4, local audiences can enjoy a short afternoon program, also publicly funded as part of ATC’s Tunes on Taylor Street initiative. Playing from the front porch of a private home, located on the corner of Abercorn and Taylor Streets, audiences can listen to Grammy nominated jazz artist Nicole Zuraitis perform from noon-12:45pm.

If audiences enjoy the free afternoon show, there is a full length performance later that evening. At this event, called The Great American Songbook: In Concert, Nicole Zuraitis (ATC Gold Medalist, and recently seen with the Savannah Philharmonic and Savannah Jazz Festival) is joined by a band and award-winning Memphis slide guitarist and beloved jazz musician and singer, Doug Wamble. This event takes place at 7pm on Saturday, February 4 in the sanctuary of Lutheran Church of the Ascension, at 120 Bull Street. Tickets are $25 each.

From February 20-24, 2023, the ATC’s main event The American Traditions Vocal Competition takes place, celebrating 30 years of the competition. Highly-decorated professional vocalists from across the country and world come together for one week in Savannah to compete for $40,000 in cash prizes and the ultimate title of ATC Gold Medalist. All events will take place at District Live in Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street. On Monday, February 20 at 7pm, the competition judges will perform on the Judges’ Concert. Performances will include Grammy-nominated and multi-award-winning jazz artist Cyrille Aimée, and Broadway superstar Capathia Jenkins. Tickets are $30. On Tuesday – Thursday, February 21-23, competition rounds will take place at 4pm and 7:30pm, at District Live. Tickets for the full day of events on February 21 and February 22 are $25 each, and Tickets for Thursday, February 23 are $35 each. On Friday, February 24 are the Finals of the professional competition, and tickets are $60 for General Seating and $75 for Premium Seating. Week passes available for $140 (General Seating) and $160 (Premium Seating). All events at District Live, 400 W. River St.

The ATC’s season concludes with American Pop on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Featuring ATC Bronze Medalist, SCAD alumni and American Idol alumni, George Lovett and Pop/Rock rising superstar, Hannah Zazzaro, this concert will celebrate all things that exemplify American pop music. Tickets are $25 and the show will start at 7pm. District Live at Plant Riverside District, 400 W. River Street.

Tickets can be purchased online at and some tickets will be available at the door. Due to venue capacity, advanced ticketing is highly recommended.