Friday, April 12, 2013
The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up.
The return of Jackie Evancho to the Kean Quest finals had the Kean Theatre in Richland buzzing with excitement. But perhaps even more excited was Paige Hubanek of Cranberry Township, who Jackie presented with the third annual "Jackie Evancho Award." The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and continues to follow his or her dreams no matter the outcome of the competition. Paige played the guitar and performed an original composition called “Cold Dreams.” She has competed in Kean Quest for seven years and attends eighth grade at St. Kilian Parish School. In presenting Paige with the award, Jackie also stood on the stage where she gave her first …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The singing sensation served as a guest judge and presented the “Jackie Evancho Award.”
Jackie Evancho on Friday returned to the same stage where she gave her first ever public performance at the Kean Quest Talent Search—the popular local talent competition. Jackie was a guest judge in the contest and presented the third annual "Jackie Evancho Award," at the Kean Theatre in Richland. Named for the Pine-Richland native, who shot to fame in 2010 after appearing on “America’s Got Talent,” the award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and continues to follow his or her dreams no matter the outcome, according to Kean Quest. Kean Quest wasn’t Jackie’s only big event Friday. Her movie debut in The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford, …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The 12-year-old singing sensation will act as a judge at the contest where she got her start five years ago. Patch takes a look back at her burgeoning career—and how she earned her success.
Jackie Evancho is returning to where it all began Friday with an appearance as a guest judge at the Kean Quest Talent Search. The pint-sized singing sensation, now 12, met the first challenge of her young career five years ago when she gave her first-ever public performance at the popular local talent competition held at Kean Theatre in Richland Township. Since then, Jackie has grown to superstar status. The Beginning Back in 2008 and then 2009, Jackie, then only 7 years old, charmed local audiences while competing in Kean Quest, which was then called Kean Idol. She also attracted the attention of Grammy-winning producer David Foster and in 2009 sang in his "David Foster & Friends" concert in New Jersey. By the following year, she gained a…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Patch gives you a rundown of what's going on around the community.
Find out in person what’s going on in local government. Pine Township’s board of supervisors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 at the Pine Community Center on Pine Park Drive. Learn more about what’s going on in the community as the Richland Township Board of Supervisors meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the municipal assembly room of the Richland Township Municipal Building, located at 4019 Dickey Road. Reference librarians at the Northern Tier Library, located in the Richland Center, will offer free one-on-one assistance with computers and electronic devices at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4. These 20 minute sessions will allow our librarians to work specifically on what you'd like to learn, and at your own pace. Advance …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Richland native will serve as a judge and present the third annual "Jackie Evancho Award."
Jackie Evancho will return next month to the same stage where she gave her first ever public performance at the Kean Quest Talent Search—the popular local talent competition. Jackie will appear as a guest judge and is scheduled to present the third annual "Jackie Evancho Award," on April 5 at the Kean Theatre in Richland Township. Named for the Richland native, the award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and continues to follow his or her dreams no matter the outcome, according to Kean Quest. Twenty-seven youth finalists were chosen Sunday during two semi-final competitions, including Morgan Engle of Pine Township is a seventh-grader at Pine Richland…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Got a great voice? There is still time to register for the age 18 and under vocal preliminary rounds.
Vocal contestants ranging in age from 19 to 60 took to the Kean Theatre stage Friday night to vie for the coveted title as Kean Quest Talent Search Champion of the adult round in the competition held in Richland Township. Jason Albert of Butler and Johnny Richards of New Brighton were the Judges’ Choice and Audience Choice winners respectively in the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search Adult Competition. Albert played guitar and sang “Dearly Loved” by Jimmy Needham while Richards also played guitar and performed “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor. Each received a recording package with Audible Images, a photo session with Rick Armstrong and a feature story in Northern Connection Magazine. Jim Roddey, former Allegheny Chief Executive and St. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Amateur singers vie for a grand prize that includes a recording session in this 10th year of competition at St. Barnabas' Kean Theatre. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
Friday, January 4, 2013
The popular local talent competition boasts singing sensation Jackie Evancho and the face of the Eat n’ Park restaurant chain Sarah Marince as former contestants.
Kean Quest Talent Search—the popular local talent competition that boasts singing sensation Jackie Evancho and the face of the Eat n’ Park restaurant chain Sarah Marince as former contestants—is accepting contestant registrations for its 10th season. Contestants will take to the stage of the Kean Theatre from Jan. 27 through April 5. The theater is located on the St. Barnabas campus in Richland Township at 5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Presented by St. Barnabas Charities as a fundraising event, Kean Quest Talent Search was formerly known as Kean Idol. Amateur singers of all ages are eligible to perform in the local version of the popular TV hits American Idol and The Voice. The contest will again offer two categories—a youth competition …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Thirty vocalists competed in the contest formerly called Kean Idol.
After three hours of singing, the time finally arrived for the 2012 Kean Quest Talent Competition winners to be announced. Kenzie Palmer of West Middlesex won the Judges' Choice Award and Allison Mizgorski of Butler was the Audience Choice Award winner Friday night at the Kean Theatre on the St. Barnabas campus in Richland Township. Jordann Versaw of Mars received the Jackie Evancho Award, which is presented to a contestant who has competed in the competition for two years or more. The award honors a person who displays determination, commitment and vocal talent. Jackie, who is on tour, introduced the award via video, with the name of the winner announced live on the Kean Quest stage. The first runner-up was Shane Treloar of McDonald and …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The final competition will be March 30 at the Kean Theatre.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Kean Quest Talent Search is down to the final 30 contestants. The vocalists will vie for the Judges' Choice Award and the Audience Choice Award on March 30 at the Kean Theatre on the St. Barnabas campus in Richland Township. The show will start at 7 p.m. After two rounds of competition on Sunday, 16-year-old BrittNee Watkins, of Pittsburgh, and 15-year-old Jaira Burns, of Vandergrift advanced, winning the Audience Choice Award. The judges also chose these 28 to advance: Tickets are available at the door for $10. The 2012 Kean Quest Talent Search benefits the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2011 provided nearly $5.2 million to poor and low-income residents at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors…