The 55th Piedmont Bird Calling Contest is under way

This year’s theme is “A Rose By Any Other Name Would Sound As Sweet.”

This is a reference to the national movement to remove any human names from bird names. [Learn more HERE.] The birds will be renamed with a distinctive physical feature or reference to their habitat. 

The steering committee is Kathryn Levenson, Producer, plus Erin Igoe, Vice Principal, Andy Willats, Ornithology teacher, and Amy Moorhead, VAPA instructor. 

After choosing the theme, the next step is the announcement of our Poster Contest 2024 BC Poster Contest flier Students from PHS & MHS submit their digital artwork in hopes of being chosen as the artist for the event. The winner receives a cash prize, two tickets to the show, a framed poster, and bragging rights. Their poster is reproduced for publicity and the show program. The winning poster will be chosen by the steering committee by January 17th. 

We will start pizza-fueled planning meetings with the students on February 5. We look for performers and stage crew. 

The 55th Piedmont Bird Calling Contest is on Friday, March 29, 2024, at 7:00 PM at the Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School. Tickets go on sale in early March. 

Hatch an idea for a Poster! 

The selected artist will be compensated $200 for their creative work, plus 2 free tickets to the show, a framed poster, and recognition. Required information on the poster, usually at the bottom:

55th Annual Bird Calling Contest
Theme: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Sound As Sweet
Performance: Friday March 29 at 7:00 pm in the Alan Harvey Theater.

The poster will be used for promotional purposes. We will reproduce it in an 8.5X11 inch format, large poster format and in published publicity. Submit your design digitally to the Committee Chairperson,, by 3pm Jan. 17.

Last year’s winners appeared at the Berkeley Bird Festival. We already have a local organization planning to feature the 2024 winners at an event. In the past, winners appeared on the Johnny Carson Show, David Letterman Show, and in 2022, the Trevor Noah show. 

For questions, contact Kathryn Levenson, PHS Teacher Librarian and Producer,, Library Desk, (510) 594 2781.

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