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Local talent on display at YorVoice competition

Christopher Dornblaser
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Local musicians who don't usually get the opportunity to play for a huge crowd took the stage at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center Friday night to show off their talent.

YorVoice, presented by the Cultural Alliance of York County, gave 10 musicians and bands a chance to play one song before a panel of judges and a crowded theater. The judges selected the winner and the runner-up, and the audience voted for the People's Choice award.

This year's musicians performed vastly different music, ranging from folk music to a capella to even opera music.

Kelley Gibson, director of communications and engagement for the Cultural Alliance, said the event is a good way for local musicians to get exposure.

"It's just a great way to get them known," she said.

Nerve-wracking: The Sabrina Duke Trio played "Lay Me Down," by Sam Smith. Sabrina Duke, the singer for the trio, said the experience was a little nerve-wracking.

Despite that, she said she thought their performance went well, based on the applause.

The nerve-wracking sentiment was echoed by another trio of performers, Sophia Caltagirone, Ella Scott and Bella Druck. At age 11, it was their first time performing on stage. The youngest performers at the event, the Dallastown Intermediate School sixth-graders performed "Fight Song," by Rachel Platten.

"I was nervous and excited at the same time," Ella said.

Even though they were nervous, the girls were happy to have the experience.

"We walked back here and we all started jumping up and down," Sophia said.

"We'll never forget this experience," Bella said.

The winners: YCP Rhapsody, an a cappella group  of 18 people from York College, was competing for the second time in YorVoice. Last year they did not get any awards, but this year the group, which performs with vocals and no instruments, won the competition with their remix of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons.

Rhapsody president Chris Betzler, a senior at York College, said the group usually does competitions, but this one was unique for them as it is a mix of all genres.

"It's cool to see different acts and not just straight a capella," he said.

Mylea Thompson, of York City, sang "Queen of the Night" from Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Thompson described herself as "ebullient" after she sang.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to sing at the Strand," she said.

Thompson, who had never sung by herself on stage, walked away with a runner-up award for the night.

In addition to those two winners, Paper Heart, a band made up of Glatfelter employees, won the People's Choice award, after they performed "Take It Easy" by the Eagles.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.