Lift your voice in 4-part a cappella harmony for a one-time afternoon of music and connection. No preparation required.
All women's voices welcome!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
FREE for all attendees
This 2-hour event includes brief vocal warm-ups, vocal coaching on the song "You Raise Me Up," and a performance for ourselves at the end. Join us for a feel-good afternoon of creativity and connection with others who love singing!
Sunday February 18, 2024
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Michael E. Busch Library
1410 West Street Annapolis
This event is FREE for all attendees.
Donations gladly accepted (click HERE) to support this and future events.
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About The Music
If you’ve heard a capella 4-part harmony as commonly sung in choirs and chorales (SATB), then our chorus style might surprise your ears, eyes, and heart.
In our version of 4-part harmony for treble (women’s) voices, each part has its own unique personality. The melody is sung by the Lead part, but it's not the highest notes in the chord like a soprano. It's actually found in the middle of the chord, with the other three parts weaving the harmonies above and below the melody. From highest to lowest, the parts are:
Tenor: a light and floaty harmony above the Lead, Soprano range, but sung much more gently than typical soprano Lead: melody-driven and dramatic, like the lead singer in a band but unified, blending many voices into one (alto to soprano range) Baritone: a funky harmony above and below the Lead (in the same range); sometimes invisible to the audience, “Baris” must have a good ear because this harmony fills in the missing note in the chord (how rewarding!) Bass: the lowest harmony, sounding like the velvety rich foundation of the chord (alto and lower)
Yes, we use the voice part names from traditional men's choral music. That's because the barbershop genre was started by men, and women began to sing it years later, using arrangements created for men. We just adopted the terminology as we raised the key of the songs to fit our voice ranges.
In our women’s barbershop style, all 4 parts sing with a minimum of vibrato (with a relatively "straight tone,” unlike most classical or pop singers). When all 4 parts sing certain chords in this way, they can create an “overtone” … which is a 5th note that no one is singing but can be heard and felt both physically and emotionally. . So, yeah… it’s hard to explain.
“Ringing a chord” - creating those overtones - just makes your heart feel lighter— maybe because overtones stimulate happiness hormones! You’ve really got to feel it— in person, live.
P.S. This isn’t your grandparents’ barbershop. We craft a capella music on the canvas of an evolving American art form: women’s barbershop. We are committed to learning from the painful parts of American history to embody the most welcoming women’s hobby organization you can imagine. We are proud to be a chapter of Sweet Adelines International.