With three days of auditions now in the books, I can safely make this statement:
Regional sounds are disappearing amongst teenagers.
We have heard folks from nearly every state in the country. With few exceptions, each of these students sounded pretty much the same. I heard two kids who sounded like they were from the South, and one who sounded like New Jersey. But for the most part, a generic Midwestern flatness is now part of the speaking voice of the several hundred high school students who auditioned this week.
I lament the loss of regional vocal differences!