Columbus State University grad Joseph Brewer competes in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra contest

Joseph Brewer is a singer and a recent graduate of Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.

Now, he’s a finalist in the Songster Contest held by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is one of three singers who will sing “Over the Rainbow” Saturday night with the ASO.

The ASO is accompanying the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” He’ll sing before the concert. People in the audience will vote, and people listening online will also have a vote.

“The girls and I have to sing it in the key of the movie,” Brewer said. “I’ll do the Joseph adaptation.”

The winner gets two round-trip tickets to New York City in October. He’ll find out at intermission if he wins.

Brewer laughed as he said this won’t be his first time singing with the ASO. When he was a child, he was a boy soprano, singing in the operative version of “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Brewer found out about the ASO event last week. “I started freaking,” he said.

He quickly calmed down.

“Just let Columbus know to vote for me,” he said.

This summer, Brewer worked at the Springer Opera House’s Theater Academy, teaching musical theater. He’s auditioned for the Springer’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Brewer sang for the role of the Tin Man, but hasn’t heard back if he got the part. He will be the assistant musical director for “High School Musical.”

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