The Music Makers: YorVoice - YRK Magazine

The Music Makers: YorVoice

Writer event details provided by the cultural alliance of york county
Photographer dorie heyer of sweet d.e. photography courtesy of the cultural alliance of york county

What spotlights York County’s talented performing artists on one night and on one stage? One word: YorVoice.

This annual friendly singing competition among York-area bands and singers highlights local talent, celebrates those who make York County a diverse arts community and raises awareness for the Cultural Alliance of York County’s Annual Campaign. YorVoice gives performers of all ages a venue to share their love of making their music with an audience.

In 2017, Adelaide (Addie) Achterberg garnered not only the 2017 Champion award, but also the People’s Choice Award for her performance. She knows firsthand the full scope of emotions she experienced with YorVoice.

“My rehearsal onstage the day of the performance wasn’t ideal, and so I was incredibly nervous. But that night, everyone I met was so kind and encouraging, and when I finally got onstage, everything suddenly made sense,” she says. “I remember when they announced my name for the championship, and the People’s Choice was even more of a surprise. Since only a few people I knew were there to see me, it was encouraging to know that the audience supported me, even if they didn’t know me.”

“What made the experience special for PAPERHEART was playing together for the first time as one band and performing on the Appell Center stage. Some of the band members play as solo acts or as members of other area bands, but coming together for the first time three years ago was like playing for the first time all over again,” says Karla Heberlig, lead female singer of the performing group PAPERHEART from Glatfelter Paper.

The diversity of talent featured, Heberlig adds, is what makes YorVoice so engaging for audience members and performers alike. “You’d be hard-pressed to experience rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, opera and pop on one stage in any other venue — let alone in one night.”

Achterberg agrees. “YorVoice is a great way for singers to have a chance to perform in such an amazing venue and receive feedback from qualified judges, and for people in the community to be entertained and support the arts in York.”

Don’t miss this year’s YorVoice: Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.


You help decide the People’s Choice Award winner. Head to to vote for your favorite performing artist, then watch your pick vie for the prize at YorVoice.

YorVoice presented by the cultural alliance of york county
  • 14 W. Market St. York, PA 17401
  • 717.812.9255
YorVoice presented by the cultural alliance of york county
  • 14 W. Market St. York, PA 17401
  • 717.812.9255