Budding Talent Vocal Competition

Budding Talent is an annual vocal competition open to children in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The competition provides young singers the opportunity to take their skills and perform on stage in the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts during Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in front of a live audience.

Live auditions are held in April, 2023, at the Richardson Senior Center and contestants must apply to participate. Contestants are grouped into five age categories:

Seedlings: Pre-K through Kindergarten

Sprouts: Grades 1-3

Buds: Grades 4-6

Jr. Wildflowers!: Grades 7-9

Wildflowers!: Grades 10-12

2022 Finalist

Alan Csallner
Addison Nguyen – Winner
Hadley Smith

Nikila Rajan
Alessandra Rojas – Winner
Chelsea Sun

Jr. Wildflower!
Danika Ellis
Katherine Pottkotter and Reid Negron
Kennedy Roberts
Jessie Prince – Winner

Carrington Black – Winner
Brooke O’Leary
Audrey Pottkotter
Gracie Wakefield

Addison Nguyen

Alessandra Rojas

Jessie Prince

Carrington Black

Competition Rules

  • Contestants must be at least 4 years old to apply.
  • Contestants must complete the online application and include a link (Facebook, YouTube, ect.) to a 1-minute maximum length video performing a song of your choice.
  • Contestants will include a current photo to be used in the Finals Program for those moving on to the Finals.
  • Contestants will be emailed their live audition timeslot  and must perform at the live audition.
  • Contestants choose one song from memory to sing at the live audition in front of the Budding Talent panel of judges and their age group peers.
  • Song selection can be no longer than 3 minutes and no vulgar language or profanity will be allowed.
  • Contestants may bring a phone for musical accompaniment to the audition, accompany themselves on an acoustic guitar or keyboard or bring an accompanist (keyboard is available if desired). – no flash drives allowed.
  • Small vocal ensembles of two to four singers are eligible, but bands are not eligible to apply.
  • Parents are not allowed into live audition room with contestants.
  • Finalists in each age category will be selected to perform on the Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival on Sunday, May 21, at 1:00 PM.
  • A mandatory meeting for all finalists will be held at the Eisemann Center on Saturday, May 13.
  • A prize package will be given to the winner in each age category.

For more information or clarification on any contest rules, please email wildflowerbuddingtalent@yahoo.com.

2023 applications coming soon!