The 28th annual American Traditions Vocal Competition has announced the dates of its 2021 contest, according to a press release from the ATC.


The ATC is set for Feb. 15-19, 2021. New Board President Kellee Love Haselton made the announcement, adding that contingencies based on scientific information will be in place, should the need arise for changes to be made as the organization moves closer to the dates of the competition.


Applications for the 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition are now open with a discounted application fee to help and encourage artists who are struggling financially from the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to the press release, ATC remains conscious of wanting to keep their patrons and supporters safe.


“The American Traditions Vocal Competition recognizes the importance of keeping Savannah residents safe. At this point, we are exploring many avenues of production for the ATC, be they online or socially distanced,” Haselton said.


According to Haselton, the American Traditions Vocal Competition is the only cross genre vocal competition in the country. She believes that the ATC’s purpose and passion to celebrate American music through a uniquely Savannah experience makes it an example of Savannah Mayor Van Johnson’s “Purpose, Passion and People” motto.


“My congratulations are extended to the American Traditions Vocal Competition Board for their decision to move forward with plans to conduct the 28 th annual ATC for the Savannah community,” Johnson said. “During this period of crisis in the country, I am pleased that Savannah is continuing to play a leading role in providing a reason for our city and the entire nation to celebrate our varied cultures through music. Thank you to the ATC for providing music education, experiences and performances for 27 years.”


ATC is also making plans for some events leading up to the week-long February event. Haselton asks the Savannah community to please stay tuned for another announcement from the ATC in the next few weeks.