Our 4th Annual NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow competition was one for the books (despite being virtual)!

For the first time in the competition’s history, we had five winners – the talent pool was just that good.

Along with scores from our amazing judges, thousands of audience votes poured in to select our winners. 

1st Place Male – Chip Hand Prize for Vocal Excellence*

Noah Canales

1st Place Female

 Maya Sistruck

2nd Place Male

Edward Ferran

2nd Place Female(s)

Deepa Johnny and Madison Russell

The first place winners received a $1,000 scholarship. The second place winners received a $500 scholarship – and all five winners have been offered paid solo performance opportunities with The American Pops Orchestra in our 2021-2022 Season.

If you enjoyed #NextGen21 – or you want to support music education and resources for students – please consider supporting APO. Your contribution will help us continue to build our outreach and education efforts, including next year’s NextGen competition. Make a contribution here.

If you weren’t able to join us for the competition, watch Maestro Luke’s live announcement of the winners below.

*Special thank you to Ambassador Lloyd  and Ann Hand for making this possible!