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Cyclone Voice 2019

Cyclone Voice is a singing competition that highlights the vocal talents of Iowa State students. This year’s finale host will be country music star, Mason Ramsey, who has recently released his own EP at the age of 12. Ramsey first rose to prominence in 2018 when a video of him yodeling in a Walmart went viral.  Songs from his EP include "Famous" as well as his rendition of “Lovesick Blues.”


Prelims will be taking place on Monday, April 1 at 6 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop. Contestants will be required to sing one song in front of a panel of judges. The song must be a karaoke or instrumental track, with no background or pre-recorded vocals. Contestants may choose to play an MP3 file, their own instrument, or be accompanied by one person (must provide own instrument).


Contestants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is open until Wednesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. Contestants who will be moving on from Cyclone Voice Prelims will perform at Cyclone Voice on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Cyclone Voice Prelims and Cyclone Voice are FREE and open to the public to watch.


Before registering, please read the rules below.

Cyclone Voice Contestant Rules:

  • Must be appropriate material and suitable for all ages (the show is open to the public).

  • Contestants may sing a capella, from a track, or with one instrument (keyboard, guitar, etc.). Contestants may accompany themselves or have an accompanist, but are responsible for their own instruments.

  • MP3 tracks (if applicable) must be emailed to Contestants must name their files in the format LastnameFirstname_SongTitle.

  • Must be an active ISU student in good standing to perform. Contestants will need to show their student ID when checking in.

  • Contestants will be assigned an individual time to perform at prelims, as well as at the main event should they be selected to move on. They will additionally be assigned a time for sound check if advancing to Cyclone Voice on Thursday, April 11. This information will be emailed in advance.

  • Contestants will be judged on music ability, use of accompaniment (if applicable), and presentation. This includes enthusiasm, stage presence, crowd response (audience reaction will be judged), and attire.

  • Contestants must be respectful to those working the event as well as other performers.


For any additional questions, please email


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