Young singers will perform at men's tennis home matches

PROVO -- The BYU men’s tennis team is testing out a new program this season to showcase young talent at home matches with the help of three top names in the recording business.

“We are really excited about this new program,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We hope to make it a big thing and spread the program to other elementary schools in coming years.”

Pearce will hold singing tryouts at Edgemont Elementary School in Provo Tuesday to select four students to sing “America the Beautiful” for four evening tennis matches held at BYU. The competition is open to fourth- through sixth-graders.

The judges will include Bobby, Gerri and Karl Engemann, who all have a long history in the music industry. Bobby Engemann was a member of The Lettermen, a ‘60s group that released hit singles such as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “When I Fall in Love” and continued to release hits through the ‘80s.

Bobby is joined on the judges’ stand by his brother Karl, a record producer for Warner Brothers Records and Capitol Records, and Karl’s wife Gerri, who has sung backup for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond, among others. The pair also worked with The Osmonds for more than 30 years.

The program is borrowed from the U.S. Open’s “Casting Call,” which honors young singing talent at its evening events.

The competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Edgemont Elementary.