Are you the next rising star?

Vogelweh’s Kazabra Club, Bldg. 2057, is once again the place for qualifying auditions and final contest for Operation Rising Star. 

U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern entertainment director Jim Sohre noted that “ORS has really taken off in recent years, partly because of the enticement of traveling to the U.S. for the frond finals, but also because, even at the garrison-level, talented participants get the opportunity to perform for their peers and score good prizes.”

ORS is an annual vocal (only) performance contest that is open to all active duty, National Guard or Reserve from any branch of service and their family members over 18 years old who have a valid military ID card. Entrants must be in amateur status at the time of the contests.  For more rules and conditions, visit

Last year’s first place winner, Shaunna Cook, was one of 12 contestants selected to all-Army from the world-wide contests.

“Each garrison first place winner gets nominated to the grand finals,” Sohre said. “And we were very proud of Shaunna’s outstanding performance.”

Local garrison winners get cash prizes for first ($500), second ($250) and third place ($100).  Another highlight is the Spirit Award, $300 conferred by the judges on the unit or FRG who demonstrates the best support of their candidate.

Mandatory a cappella (unaccompanied) closed door auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Those singers who pass the first hurdle will be invited to compete in the KMC’s Operation Rising Star contest held on stage in front of peers, friends and family at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Admission is $3.

For more information, call 483-6252/6626 or 0621-411-6252/6626, or e-mail or

(Courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern FMWR)