Live auditions for the 34th Annual Stampede Talent Search competition will take place the first weekend in May, and there will be one volunteer committee member who knows all too well what the contestants will look forward to.


“Winning the Stampede Talent Search in 2005 has put me where I am today with my career,” says Maureen Murphy, a talented singer and entertainer who is currently recording a studio album at George Canyon’s C4 studios. The team she has in place today is, in part, due to the credibility of the competition and the exposure she received. “It’s like earning a certificate or degree.”

Maureen Murphy


However, her current successes and career path is not just a direct result from winning. Maureen competed in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and every year, she benefit from the contacts she made, the opportunity to learn about the music industry and invaluable support from committee members.


“By far, this is one of the most organized and professionally run talent competitions I have ever competed in,” says Murphy. “From the committee members, to the judges and even other contestants, the entire experience was a positive learning environment.”


And now Maureen, along with 22 other volunteers, is part of the Stampede Talent Search Committee who works year round to provide an enriching experience for young performers.


Canada-wide auditions for the Stampede Talent Search opened in February. Video submissions will be accepted or performers can sign up for live auditions in Calgary May 2 to 4, 2014. Contestants can sing, dance, act or perform to earn the opportunity to shine in the spotlight during the finals held Stampede week at the Boyce Theatre and earn their share of over $10,000 in cash and prizes.


What advice does Maureen have for contestants? “Be yourself. Go with your gut. You will always have someone making suggestions about what you should do. No one knows who you are and what you can do better than yourself.”


Do you know someone who would be excited to compete in this year’s Stampede Talent Search? For more information about audition requirements and deadlines visit