Collins Center for the Arts holds online Maine Talent Showcase

In the absence of face-to-face gatherings, the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine held the Maine Talent Showcase, an online talent contest. 

Contestants were encouraged to use social distancing practices to create videos that highlighted their own talents, rather than singing along to pre-produced soundtracks. 

The pool of more than 100 entries was narrowed to 10 finalists, chosen by Collins Center staffers, and now members of the public can vote for their favorite video. To date, more than 1,300 votes have been cast.

Finalists are Megan Howell, Ethan Ho, Benjamin Foss, Leigh Neptune, Juan Condori, Ira Kramer, Brittany Parker, Gerry Wright, Colin Aponte and Anna Briley. They play violin, piano, guitar, ukulele, harp and other instruments. In several videos, contestants play more than one instrument.

Voting will continue on the Collins Center’s website through June 15. The winner will be announced at 9 a.m. June 16.