For Mylea Thompson, her concert Saturday night at the Woman's Club of York was about fulfilling her dreams and encouraging others to follow theirs.
"We're born and we have dreams and we have goals," Thompson said, who wanted to sing since the age of 5, but said a little bit of life got in the way.
"There was a moment when I thought no one would come, no one would believe I could sing, so I got a job to pay the bills," Thompson said.
Originally from California, Thompson lived in Virginia and moved to York in 2003 where she joined the York Symphony Chorus.
But Saturday, more than 50 people, including family and friends who flew in from out of town, attended her concert -- "From Ella to Leontyne."
"I thought she did well. You don't often hear about things in York and I thought this would be something a little classy," said Patsy Jones, from Maryland, who attended with her husband, Bruce.
The jazz, opera and R&B vocalist had one additional hurdle to overcome having battled the flu and laryngitis earlier in the week.
"I probably cried as many days of the week as there are because I didn't think I would be able to perform," Thompson said.
She made some adjustments to the program and had to take a 15-minute break to regain her voice, but powered through.
"She's got guts to be out here after the flu. In the first place, and then to stick it out," Meg Diamond, of North Codorus Township, said.
The pulse of toe-tapping could be felt in the wood floor during her rendition of "Summertime," and she earned a standing ovation during the Broadway standard "I Am Changing" from the musical "Dreamgirls."
Thompson also performed "Dido's Lament" from the opera "Dido and Aeneas," "Lullaby of Birdland" and "Night and Day." Thompson plans to have another concert in July.