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Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch
Rose Arbittier, winner of York County and Pennsylvania's Distinguished Young Women program, sings for the talent category at the state competition last August. She recently competed in the national event in Alabama and won a $1,000 scholarship.

Former York County and Pennsylvania Distinguished Young Women winner Rosie Arbittier is bringing back her vocal talents along with some of her newfound friends from Princeton University for a performance in York Township.

The Princeton Tigerlilies will be performing jazz and musical theater songs a cappella at Temple Beth Israel on Saturday, March 17, as part of the group’s spring tour.

The Tigerlilies are the oldest all-female a capella group on Princeton’s campus and was first established in 1971, according to the group’s website.

The group typically holds two tours a year — one typically on the East Coast during their spring break and the other at locations around the globe, including Australia, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland and Thailand in the fall.

The domestic tour stop in York was prompted in large part by Arbittier, a 2016 Dallastown Area High School graduate who won the Distinguished Young Women competitions in York County and in Pennsylvania in 2015.

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She is now a sophomore studying nonprofit management and public policy at Princeton.

The Princeton Tigerlilies are holding a free a capella performance at Temple Beth Israel on Saturday, March 17.

Arbittier said the stop in York County is great for her group mates to see where she comes from and for York County residents to see this raw form of musical performance.

“(A capella is) something really different that we don’t see a lot of in York, even though it’s a huge part of so many college campuses,” Arbittier said.

Her mother, Elizabeth Arbittier, is the principal of the religious school at Temple Beth Israel.

The group also decided to perform in York given its close proximity to Baltimore, where the Tigerlilies also will perform this weekend.

The tight-knit group of 15 will perform songs by Billy Joel, Ella Fitzgerald and from the musical Les Misérables, according to Rosie Arbittier.

One of her group mates, Sophia Paredes, said the group typically visits larger cities such as Atlanta and New York City but are excited to visit a smaller town on their way to Baltimore.

"I'm excited to see what York is all about," she said.

If you go: The Princeton Tigerlilies will perform at Temple Beth Israel synagogue, located at 2090 Hollywood Drive in York Township on Saturday, March 17. The show begins at 7 p.m.

While most of the Tigerlilies’ performances are paid engagements, the roughly 75-minute performance at Temple Beth Israel will be free, though the group says donations are appreciated to support the group's travels to shows around the world.