The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale has announced that Ellen Moak is the winner of the “Country Idol” contest.
In collaboration with the Billings Gazette, five finalists were selected through a YouTube audition process. The finalists performed live at Symphony in the Park last month and the winner was chosen through a public online vote on the Gazette’s website.
BSO&C Music Director Anne Harrigan said it was a “pleasure to perform with these young and talented artists.” The finalists were Moak, Billings; Doug Balmain, Laramie, Wyo.; Jill Wright, Buffalo, Wyo.; Désja Eagle Tail, Crow Agency; and Amyntas Hinckley, Cowley, Wyo.
Moak will sing with the BSO&C during the March 2015 season concert performance of Gone Country. From Hank Williams and Johnny Cash to Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline this concert features hits from favorite country legends.
Moak graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance. She works in the box office as well as in the executive office at the Alberta Bair Theater.
Moak also sings in the band Ellen and the Old School, which plays throughout the Billings area. This summer Ellen and the Old School will play during the St. John’s Summer Concert Series in Billings.