Festival featuers a capella

Kelsey DeBord

Staff Writer

Whether you’re a young male interested in learning more about a capella singing, or someone who enjoys listening to performances of this nature, the Kentucky Youth in Harmony Festival has something to offer you.

This event will be held on May 12 at Northeast Christian Church. For those interested in participating, the workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and last throughout the day. For those interested in seeing the results of the concert, it will begin at 5 p.m.

The entire event is sponsored by the Kentuckians Chorus in association with the Harmony Foundation and Barbershop Harmony Society, allowing attendees to attend the concert for free. The entertainment isn’t the only thing without a cost; registration for the workshop is free as well.

For those who wish to participate in the workshop, it will run as follows: Every participant will be given three songs and rehearse them throughout the day in preparation for the evening performance, which will feature other groups as well. Adam Scott, music specialist for the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the award-winning collegiate quartet “Instant Classic” will be directing the workshop. This will offer the participants a world-class musical experience with some great tips to learn. Lunch will be provided for participants.

The festival has some participants who are familiar faces to the Transylvania community. The organizer, Kris Olson, is a Transy alumnus.

“I decided to organize this event because of the profound effect that music, especially choral music, has had on my life.  It has made me a happier, more energetic, and creative person, so I want to do what I can to enhance the musical experiences of other young people.  And belonging to a group like the Kentuckians Chorus means having access to the resources needed for such a festival,” said Olson.

Olson had many influences when organizing the festival, such as other artists and styles of music.

“The repertoire is four-part men’s a cappella.  If anyone wants an idea of the style, I suggest going to YouTube and typing in ‘Westminster Chorus.’  As that Dos Equis spokesman might say, ‘I don’t always worship a god, but when I do, it’s the Westminster Chorus,’” Olson said.

Josh Motley, also a Transy alumnus, is involved in the event.

“When Kris brought up the idea of the YiH Festival, I was immediately on board. There’s nothing more important for the arts community than exposing youth to diverse forms and styles of music. Barbershop, which is the focus of the Youth in Harmony festival, is specifically adept at teaching the mechanics of singing as well as many music theory fundamentals. This should turn out to be a successful event, with a great purpose and an overall positive effect on the local–and state wide–singing community,” Motley said.

The evening concert is open to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://kentuckians.groupanizer.com/page/youth-harmony-festival.



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