ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA) is offering more than $2,000 to the top three finalists in a singing competition to take place this fall.

Called “The Star Next Door - A Vocal Competition,” the Oct. 7 event will be open to anybody more than 15 years old who attended Roxbury High School or lives within 15 miles of the Investor’s Bank Theater in Succasunna, said a statement from the RAA.

The application process for the competition will begin July 1 and run through Aug. 15, said the arts alliance. It said a limited number of applicants will be accepted.

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“The competition focuses on solo performers; it is not open to full bands (although vocalists may be accompanied by up to three musicians),” noted the RAA. “All styles of music are welcome, from folk to soft rock, jazz and blues and everything in between.”

Entering the competition will cost $20. Applications, available at, must include the title of the piece to be performed, a photo, a video and other details specified in the application.

The arts alliance said the contest is one way it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall.

Facebook will be used to pick one of the finalists to perform Oct. 7, said the RAA.

It said 20 semi-finalists will be announced Sept. 8. “All 20 will be posted on the event Facebook page along with their videos,” said the alliance. “The contestant who receives the most ‘likes’ will have a guaranteed slot in the finals as the ‘People's Choice’ contestant.”

 Judges will consider all the entries and pick 12 for the final competition, which will take place live before a panel of judges. The first place prize will be $1,020, second place will be $720 and third place will be $420, said the RAA.

The contest is being sponsored by Fullerton Grounds Maintenance.

"We wanted to come up with a big community event to celebrate our 20th anniversary," said  Sarah Coraggio, co-chair of the competition. "We are always talking about how there are so many wonderful performers in our area and we felt that we wanted to do our part to highlight them."