Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

For many people, spring invokes images of blooming flowers, pastel Easter eggs, and beautiful weather.

However, for UCLA students, the spring excites and enthralls those who love live music and discovering new talent. For us, this final quarter of the school years marks the coming of Spring Sing, the school’s annual music competition.

Spring Sing finds its inception way back in 1945 when the event was founded by William Ackerman to showcase student talents in Royce Hall. Back in the 1940s, only fraternity and sorority members participated in the event, treating it like a Greek competition.

The event quickly became very popular during the 1950s. As Spring Sing became more publicized and its reputation grew outside of the UCLA community, it moved to the Hollywood Bowl as audience sizes grew to over 15,000 people. In fact, the 1952 Spring Sing featured President Ronald Reagan as a celebrity judge.

After a short hiatus and slow-down of the event in the 1960s and 1970s, the UCLA Alumni Student Association took over Spring Sing in 1986 and tried to revive it and bring it back to its former prime.

Spring Sing is thriving today and has expanded to encompass and showcase more student talent. Walking into Pauley Pavilion, where the event now takes place, one can expect to hear both solos and duets, bands, and a capella groups or watch comedy skits and dance groups. Though it bears the same name from the 1940s, today’s Spring Sing is much more than just singing.

In recent years, UCLA’s Spring Sing has helped discover talents such as Maroon 5 in 2000 and Sara Bareilles, who won in 2002 and 2003. Celebrity guest judges have included Paula Abdul in 2013, Raven Symoné in 2014, and Kathy Bates in 2015.

In just a few weeks, Spring Sing will be back at Pauley Pavilion for UCLA students and the Los Angeles community at large to attend on May 19th, 2017.

Group tickets will be available for sale until April 10, 2017 while general tickets will be opened to the public on April 20, 2017, both at the Central Ticket Office.

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