Bird Calling Contest
54th Annual Bird Calling Contest Is Back!
After a three-year absence, the famed Piedmont Bird Calling Contest is set to return to the campus of Piedmont High School Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm, at the new Alan Harvey Theater.
General admission tickets are available for $25.
General admission student tickets are available for $15.
Plan to buy tickets in advance because this one-time performance usually sells out.
Under the theme of “Maskarade”, guests are encouraged to show their creativity and personality through their masks – bird-themed or not.
Prior to every Bird Calling Contest, high school students are encouraged to submit their artwork for the official Contest poster. This year’s winner is PHS senior, Macie Gard.
The Alan Harvey Theater is located at 800 Magnolia Ave., on the campus of Piedmont High School. Please contact Kathryn Levenson, Teacher-Librarian for Piedmont High School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-594-2781.
Many people wonder about the criteria for a winning call. Is it the delicate soloist with the enchanting whistle worthy of first-place? Or is the best act the routine that receives the most enthusiastic response from the audience? To assist any armchair judges in the audience, the following criteria are used. Though judges give scores for each of the three criteria, points alone do not determine the winners. There are intangibles that set the winners apart.
- Authenticity of Call – The judges will act as experts of the Show to certify the authenticity of the call.
- Poise and Delivery – Both stage presence and smoothness of delivery are considered. The beauty and singularity of the birdcall are essential.
- Content of Introduction – Contestants must write their own ‘sketches’. It should include pertinent information about their bird. The information should be organized, well-composed, and in good taste. Humor can be a plus or minus, depending on its appropriateness.
“Wax,” a student asked one lazy afternoon in 1963, “can we do something to liven things up around here?” With this request in mind, Mr. Leonard J. Waxdeck recalled an interesting experience from his factory days and created the show that everyone knows today as the Piedmont High School Bird Calling Contest. That was the beginning of the legend, as it has been reprinted in contest programs for more than five decades.
The Piedmont Bird Calling Contest grew into an annual event that over the decades has attracted attention both locally and nationally as winners have appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,’ and ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’ Recently, a former PHS student and participant demonstrated her skills on ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.’ Though the show has changed somewhat over the years, its spirit and traditions were carried on by the many who share in a spirit of innovation.
Though the contest changed irrevocably in the fall of 1994 with the death of its founder, it has been carried on by the many who share in the spirit of innovation and fun of Mr. Waxdeck. In honor of the tradition that he created, we continue to present the Annual Piedmont High School Bird Calling Contest year after year. Our hope is that with the support of the community and students, this venerable tradition will continue for many years to come.
|2017||Jakob Armstrong, Cade Becker, Emma Nash|
|2016||Maya Guzdar, Kay Sibal|
|2015||Tyler Ellis, Maret Sotkiewicz|
|2014||Sami Barney, Katie Cummins, Jasmine Nadim|
|2013||Gabe Bolio, James Clifford, Eli Nash|
|2012||Tialli Moya-Smith, Sheli Shacker, and Cameron Anderson|
|2011||Caitlin Baldridge, Austin Kelley, Theo Quayle|
|2010||Andrew Moorhead, Emma Nicholls, Zach Piser|
|2009||Anna Kritikos, Claire Rogers, & Rosie Talcott|
|2008||Derek DeRoche, Eric Sezgen, & Eric Wheeler|
|2007||Drew Joseph & Drew Kessler|
|2006||Dana Han-Klein & Claire Menke|
|2005||Claire Neumann & Kelsey Webster|
|2004||Laci Halliwell, Brandon Paris, & Bunny Rutherford|
|2003||Andrew Meyer & Cullen Reddy|
|2001||Jill Pervere & Rachel Winograd|
|2000||Eli Liliedahl-Allen & Courtney Labree|
|1999||David Lau & Paul Celestre|
|1998||John Shumway & Carl Moren|
Piedmont High School is interested in acquiring previous Bird Calling posters, programs, and results for the following years: