Instead of partying in Cancun, Noah Berg, 22, spent his spring break from the University of Rochester auditioning for Cape Cod's a cappella group - The Hyannis Sound - an audition that Berg says attracts performers annually from all over the globe.
After making the cut, Berg now finds himself immersed in "a cappella boot camp," a rigorous rehearsal routine that spans six to eight hours daily preparing The Sound for its summer performance schedule.
If You Go
What: The Hyannis Sound.
When and where: 8 p.m. concerts, June 11 through Aug.ust 17: Mondays, First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main St.; Tuesdays, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 625 Main St., Chatham; Thursdays, Cape Cod Covenant Church, 11 Satucket Road, Brewster; Fridays, The Federated Church of Hyannis, 320 Main St.
Between living together, rehearsals and weekly shows, Berg says the 10 male members — four of whom are new to the group — have created an "unparalleled bond of brotherhood" and a unique relationship with the Cape community.
"We are all between the ages of 21 and 23 and we are all in one house - and between rehearsals and gigs we get to know each other extremely well," says Berg. "All of our music is arranged within the group ... and we spend six hours a day learning these arrangements. We want to make sure we are keeping it fresh and keeping it exciting for people that are coming out."