Voice your opinion: Five finalists named in Johns Hopkins Song Contest

JHU community invited to vote through March 15

A contest to write a new Johns Hopkins University song encouraged all—musicians and chemistry majors alike—to discover their inner lyricist and flaunt their Hopkins pride.

Now it's time for the JHU community to assess the contenders and vote for their favorites.

A committee has selected five finalists from the pool of 23 entries submitted in the fall. Voters can listen to the songs, read the lyrics, and choose their top three. A group of four Peabody singers and a piano accompanist recorded the catchy compositions that pay homage to Hopkins and its heritage. The identity of the composers will remain hidden until the unveiling of the winner.

Anyone affiliated with Hopkins—current students, faculty, staff, and alumni—can participate in the voting, which opens today and will run through March 15.

A $2,000 cash prize is at stake. And the winning song could become part of large university events, including convocation and commencement, said Eric Beatty, director of the Homewood Arts Program.

"It's a song that grows out of current and common interests," Beatty said.

The contest, which was launched in September, welcomed participation from the entire community with the goal of creating a fresh, contemporary school song.

"What better way to create a song that captures our spirit—past, present, and future—than to engage our entire community in composing one?" President Ronald J. Daniels said when the contest kicked off in September.

Vote at https://songcontest.jhu.edu/.