Area students performed live Thursday night, competing in the second annual Algonkian’s Got Talent program, which was held at the Northern Virginia Community College’s Waddell Theatre, according to a Nov. 20 release.
Loudoun County Supervisor Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian) hosted the competition to “uplift artistic youth and offer opportunities for them to share their gifts, gain performing experience and achieve recognition,” the release states. The event had 15 entrants compete in the categories of solo vocal, solo instrumental, and group musical acts.
“The arts are an integral part of education, culture and society,” Briskman said in a prepared statement.
“They help us develop empathy and promote understanding of unfamiliar people, places, history, and issues,” she said. “Our students have had a challenging time throughout the pandemic, and it was so inspiring to be able to host them, their friends, and family in person this year.”
Students from Dominion and Potomac Falls High Schools, Riverbend and Seneca Ridge Middle Schools, and Horizon, Lowes Island and Potowmack Elementary Schools submitted their performances online and were judged by one private music teacher and music teachers Loudoun County Public Schools who volunteered their time.
Caroline Taylor, last year’s vocal contest winner, was invited to perform at Chairwoman Phyllis Randall’s State of the County address. Briskman expects to announce additional performance opportunities for this year’s winners.
“Music and art not shared cannot do its job,” Briskman said. “I am so thankful the students had the opportunity to perform in an actual theater this year.”
The winners, from each category, were:
Group Musical Act
Antigravity, from Riverbend Middle School, performing Killer Queen, by Queen
Josh Beyer, from Dominion High School performing My Funny Valentine, by Richard Rogers on piano
Solo Vocalist Category
Anna Bella Shimazaki, from Dominion High School performing She Used to be Mine, by Sarah Bareilles
Max Garrett, from Lowes Island Elementary School performing, All of Me, by John Legend
The students will be invited to a future Board Business Meeting to receive a proclamation and recognition from the Board of Supervisors.