Spectacular voices reigned at the 12th annual Morristown Onstage competition on Wednesday. The victors are … (Drum roll, please!)
Kiley Baxter, 14, won the youth division of the 2019 Morristown Onstage with her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You.’ Photo by Louise Witt
Kiley Baxter, 14, who nailed a stunning version of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You to win of the $1,000 prize in the 18-and-under division.
Kelly Miller, a waitress at Arthur’s in Morris Plains, who was the $1,000 winner in the 19-and-over group with a soaring rendition of the opera classic Nessun Dorma.
Orion’s Belt — Morris Plains pals Anna Grace Yurek and twin sisters Julia and Charlotte Cama— concluded the show with sparkling three-part harmonies on Rise Up, to win $500 in the text-message popular vote in the packed 1,300-seat Mayo Performing Arts Center.
Kelly Miller, winner of the adult division at 2019 Morristown Onstage. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Morris Educational Foundation also named Jag Sace, a Morristown High School senior who recently moved here from the Philippines, as winner of the $250 Rossoff Rising Star Award for an innovative original song, Fresh Sound of Music, that combined video of a portrait being sketched.
Morristown Onstage was open to amateurs who live, work or study in Greater Morristown, and to Morristown High School alumni. Fifteen finalists were chosen from more than 50 acts that auditioned in December.
Emceed by Tara Bernie of DailyMailTV, the competition raised money for programs in the Morris School District. Show chairperson Molly Servais was optimistic that
Jag Sace, winner of the Rossoff Rising Star Award at the 2019 Morristown Onstage. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Wednesday’s show would beat last year’s record of $143,000.
This year’s award judges were Morristown singer-songwriter Eric Hayes, Morristown-based real estate executive and music maven David Welsh, former New Jersey Ballet dancer David Tamaki, and Barbara Reuther of Morris Arts, stepping in for WDHA Program Director Terrie Carr, who had a family emergency.
Stay tuned for more from the show!