Will Salzman is the winner of the inaugural Ashburn’s Got Talent competition.
Organized by the Blend Coffee Bar in Broadlands, the month-long singing competition wrapped up Saturday when the 13 finalists performed for a panel of judges.
Salzman, a 15-year-old Potomac Falls High School student, came out on top. He took home a $500 prize and will be invited to perform during the Broadlands Live summer concert series next summer.
Salzman caught the music bug from an elementary school music teacher. Around age 7, he performed for his school in a talent show, then started taking guitar lessons and continued to sing. In third grade, he moved to Virginia from Kingston, NY, and joined School of Rock in Ashburn, where he played in the house band. Currently, he is the lead singer for Suburbia and performs as a solo artist around the area. He is a co-founder of Feed the Street, an organization that encourages youth and their families help the homeless in Washington, DC.
The runner up was Jeyhan Turker. Nicoletta Karamanis won the Songwriting Award.
It wasn’t just the artists who benefited from the competition. Donations also were made to Friends of Loudoun Mental Health and Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers.