WDA Vocal Festival gives N.D. students a chance to show their stuff

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Many people love singing, even if it's only in the shower.

Hundreds of trained vocalists from all over western North Dakota are in Bismarck for a local version of "The Voice."

Over 500 students from schools in the West region sang the night away.

Students competed in front of professional music judges, peers and family members.

They got the chance to show off what they've been working on for months.

"I really like coming to the contest, because we spend a lot of time practicing in class and out of class. A lot of us have a lot of different songs that we sing and different categories so it's just nice to show all the work we put in," said Century High School student Thomas Brink.

Students either performed solos, duets, or in mixed groups for judges who gave critiqued them on their singing abilities.

"It's one of the only times that they get feedback based on, based on the small groups or the solo aspect of singing rather than in the large choir," said Brian Saylor, director of Core Activities.

The WDA Vocal Festival lets Legacy United Methodist Church showcase its facility.

"It's awesome. That's what we built this church for is that it would be used, and it is used to its absolute fullest today," said Dan Weigel, worship director.

Weigel says this event lets students be themselves and allows the singers to know their voices matter.

Vocalists who win at the WDA Vocal Festival will be showcased at the state competition in Jamestown.