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Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes Seeks Participants

{mosimage}The 17th annual Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is scheduled for Denver, CO on March 18, 2006 at Ranum Auditorium. Tickets to the program are available at www.ticktweb.com (search harmony sweepstakes). However, vocal groups who wish to be considered for the festival by our audition panel must submit their applications not later than January 17, 2006. The Rocky Mountain Regional Competition is one of eight contemporary a cappella contests across North America, from which the winners are flown to San Francisco for the May 6 International Finals. For information on the regional competition nearest you, go to www.harmony-sweepstakes.com.

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Recording VP? You’ll Be Sorry You Asked!

Eric asked in the VP Forum:

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SoCal Ambassador Report / December 05

CONCERTS Friday December 9 Rockapella at Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32, 28, 24 and 10 for 17 years and under. Tickets can be purchased through the box office at 626-395-4652 or 888-222-5832. For more information, visit http://events.caltech.edu/events/event-2446.html Saturday December 10 Pacific Sound Chorus at the Unitarian Society Sanctuary, Arrellaga & Santa Barbara Streets, Santa Barbara. 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for regular seats and discounted to $12 for seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 800-353-1632.

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Creating and Sustaining Inner-Group Harmony

Not long ago, the following question was posted to the a cappella internet newsgroup (rec.music.a-cappella): “Has there ever been a band that was not dysfunctional in the working together / interpersonal sense?” If you’ve ever watched VH1’s “Behind the Music” or read a pop music biography, I’m sure you’ll share the same fear. One of our culture’s mythologies is that musicians live in a retarded adolescence without the ability to act as adults, resulting in the ever-looming acrimonious breakup. Oh, the famous lead such soap opera lives!

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“The Old Familiar Choruses”: A Peek Into 19th Century Glee Clubs

Contemporary collegiate a cappella developed from earlier styles and genres present in the United States: the major ones are classical choral music, barbershop and vernacular close harmony, and popular music. In this article I’d like to explore the first one by peeking into the world of college singing in the 1800s. As you read, see if you can spot some aspects of these historical ensembles that still ring true in your a cappella experience today. In histories of (Western/choral) music, American music tends to be an afterthought. But it has its own story, which emphasizes music education and amateur music making at least as early as the “singing schools” of colonial music educator and publisher William Billings. The founding of societies dedicated to choral singing is also important, the most famous of which is the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston (1815).