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Spreading The Word About Barbershop
Chapter supports vocal music education
The Akron Chapter made a monetary contribution to the Cuyahoga Falls High School Choral Music Association (CMA) at the school on May 18. Choral Director Jesse Lange and his Choral Elite Ensemble hosted annual show director Mike Sitter, who presented Mr. Lange with a check for $200.
The Elite Ensemble had performed a choral set on the chapter’s 65th annual show, How the West Was Sung, at the high school in March. Lange said the CMA would use the donation to purchase new sheet music for his singers.
A big Bulletin pat on the back to Mike Sitter for including the YIH program in his busy schedule. There is more information about this program later in today's Bulletin.
Now It's Official
Though Lou Elliott has been with the chorus for a while, at a recent rehearsal, he received his framed membership certificate. Congratulations, Lou. It's great to have you singing with us.
Chorus member, Chris Eitman, was accompanied to a recent rehearsal by his wife, Sabra and his mother-in-law, Susan Bonnett.
Chapter launches ambitious YIH program
The Akron Chapter’s mission statement says, in part, “We support vocal music education.” Our Youth in Harmony program is the primary vehicle for addressing this task.
New YIH chairman Mike Sitter began the revitalization of the program by including the Cuyahoga Falls High School Choral Elite Ensemble on our 2012 annual show.
“The next step in the process,” Mike said, “is to visit local area high schools and introduce choral students to the barbershop style.” Mike and his YIH team of Scott Giles, Jim Heaton and Tom Gentry began making school visits last month.
On May 21, they visited Akron’s North High School and addressed Richard Eder’s 9th – 12th grade choir. “We were very well received by approximately 30 girls and boys, several of whom speak English as a second language,” said Sitter.
Then, on May 24, the team traveled to Akron’s Kenmore High School, where they visited Barbara Bellamy’s select choir. “About 50 girls and boys responded tremendously,” Sitter noted, “and several students expressed a keen interest in attending Harmony Camp in August.”
The team plans to visit many more schools in the fall. “One of our short-term goals is to include a chorus consisting of quartets from various schools on our 2013 annual show,” Sitter said. “Eventually, we hope to feature high-performing individual quartets on our shows, host local high school quartet contests, and send quartets to district contests.”
For The Good Of The Order
Friday, June 22-Fairlawn Concert
Tuesday, July 3-National Anthem at Canal Park
Watch for details at rehearsals and in the High Notes.