From: John Westervelt <johnwestervelt@...
Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM
Subject: Re: [bbshop] Re: Pentatonix at the LAAF ... AND More!
To: Jordan Truesdell <jordan@...
Not so much WHERE to find them as perhaps an idea of how to bait the
trap... so to speak!
Almost every college campus in this country has one-or-more "A Capella"
groups - some single sex, and some mixed, but close harmony singers one and
The mental picture drawn by the genre "barbershop harmony" is,
If we begin to style ourselves as A Capella close harmony vocal groups, we
can still sing barbershop songs, in the barbershop style (competition
worthy or not) and sing other styles as well, but we'll have a better
chance of dragging them in willingly, even to the point of them searching
us out, if we market A Capella and Close harmony as keywords.
I've been a bshpr since 1972, and love the style and the ring, but it's not
the only style I enjoy singing. Why not expand our own horizons and market
to a group that we can "infect" with ringing chords once they show up!
my wife's not here, so that's the only opinion I have right now.
Apple Capital Chorus
On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM, Jordan Truesdell <jordan@...>wrote:
> I almost responded earlier how jealous I was of Will, and doubly so because
> I may have a conflict that would keep me from attending SingStrong, which
> is just 4 hours from where I live. I'll bite:
> I'd kill to have Pentatonix on my show. I'd rent the biggest theater in my
> city to hold the concert. Personally, I'd like to sing more of what they
> sing. I'd invite at least half of the groups on TSO from this year. I say
> half, because some groups didn't speak to me stylistically - but they were
> all very good. I would be very happy to share the stage with Cat's Pajamas,
> the Fannin Family, Soul'd Out, or the Messiah's Men.
> By Deke's count, my area - if I include anyone within about an hour drive
> of our rehearsal church - there will likely be seven of these people, and
> four will probably be women. That could be a dozen men in the last 4
> years. Would we take a dozen young men on the risers (6 if you split them
> with the other chorus in our area)? Heck, yeah! But they're so freakin'
> hard to find!
> I've personally invited five men just out of college to rehearsal. I'm
> lucky - I do community theater, and they tend to find us. Unfortunately,
> most of them don't sing with us because - surprise - they're doing theater
> stuff. How do they find community theater? I'm not really sure, usually
> they know somebody who lives in their apartment, that they meet at bars, or
> they work with, or know from high school (many are local). Most of us are
> either old or family-bound, which tends to reduce our apartment, bar, and
> work presence quite a bit, and most of our high school buddies are as old
> as we are ;-)
> Do you have suggestions on where to find these people? Do you have a
> Carolinas district program to get them in? I can't figure out how to reach
> them, and clearly the newspaper ads aren't doing it (ha!), but neither are
> the Facebook pages.