Winners of the Annual Lamorinda Idol Announced Via Webinar

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    Even COVID-19 could not keep Lamorinda’s artistic youth from sharing their talents in the Lamorinda Arts Council’s annual singing contest. With spirit, talent and ingenuity, 51 soloists and 18 groups navigated the world of Zoom and camera recordings to vie for the coveted award.
    Winners, who were selected by an equal combination of votes from judges and public, were announced on Aug. 16 via a Zoom webinar, which was attended by over 130 people. The evening’s host, Steve Harwood, also noted 3,799 members of the public, some from around the world, voted in the contest.
    The Lamorinda Idol winners for 2020 are:
    Kindergarten – Second Grade Soloists Award: Miranda Klein
    Third – Fifth Grade Soloists Award: Palig Horoupian
    Sixth – Eighth Grade Soloists Award: Natalie Schroeder
    Ninth – Twelfth Grade Soloists Award: Lleyton Allen
    Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Groups Award: The Elkind Sisters – Maya and Sadie
    Sixth – Eighth Grade Groups Award: Mina and Svea – Mina Lim and Svea Peterson
    Ninth – Twelfth Grade Groups Award: Sabs and Lyss – Sabrina Hernandez and Alysa Vassallo
    Audience Award: Svea Peterson

    As one of the judges, I must compliment these young people who showed such confidence and ease – not to mention talent – while performing in front of a camera. This was a particularly daunting challenge for the groups, many of whom were forced to perform via Zoom, harmonizing together while being physically apart. Thank you all for making my job all the more enjoyable and difficult!

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