LFG for Sept 12th show/barbershop inquiries
I direct the Spirit of IL Barbershop Chorus in Kankakee, IL.
We are looking for a non-barbershop acapella group to sing in our
4th Annual show next fall - 2nd weekend in September.
If you think you have Saturday, Sep 12th open on your schedule and
would like to be considered to be on our show, please send me via
email a group picture, an estimate of your costs and a video or
sound sampling of your work for our evaluation process. If have any
gigs coming up open to the public that we can attend to hear you up
close and personal, send that info as well.
While the show would primarily be barbershop in nature, we are eager
to include other acapella genres on our show to increase attendance
and reach a wider audience in the area.
Also, if any of you guys out that have dabbled in barbershop over
the years and would be interested in getting into a new quartet, I
am currently prowling for some new quartet mates. I sing lead or
bari, so I'm looking for a tenor (high voice, falsetti a good plus),
a good resonant and flexible bass, and someone in the middle to do
either the lead or bari, or possible even share those duties. The
ranges are similar enough. Previous barbershop experience, not
necessary, but good acapella chops and a good ear would come in
handy. Look to be located in the upper NE area of IL or NW Indiana
for convenience of practicing.
The Barbershop Harmony Society has a vast collection of learning
CD's for most of their catalog, and I can also do some learning trax
creation - or at least hope to get better at it as a result. (Zoom
H4). The BHS is the new name for the SPEBSQSA. We have two
contests a year in Illinois for quartets and choruses, and the top
quartets from throughout the country can qualify to compete at the
international convention held every July in cities throughout North
America. Go to Itunes and check out some of the most recent
winners - all outstanding vocal groups. That should give you an
idea of what is possible. (Realtime, Vocal Spectrum, Max Q and OC
Times the most recent.)
Anyone interested in trying some arranging should contact me as
well, or go to www.barbershop.org to check out the typical
specification unique to arranging for barbershop. There are some
constraints when arranging for barbershop depending on the end us
desired - contest or show etc. Works for contest have much more
strict guidlines as related to barbershop harmony and textures and
who has to predominatly sing the melody. Through the site you can
also learn how to contact other arrangers or get materials to help
you along in the process.
There - was that enough for 3 emails?
Director - Spirit of Illinois Chorus, Kankakee Chapter of BHS.
cell 815-922-3000 - leave a message about our show if needed,
otherwise just use the email