Harmony Heritage chorus, the Southern New England chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will head to Devens, Massachussetts this week to participate in an area contest that could qualify the local singers for an international competition later this year. Area contests for choruses and quartets will be held on May 13th and 14th at the Devens Common Center.
Harmony Heritage will go head to head with nine other choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 2, which spans from Northeastern US, Quebec and parts of Ontario. The competition will determine area rankings, and participants earning a score of a certain threshold are qualified to participate in the international competition of Harmony, Inc. choruses in November. Nineteen quartets will also compete for the Area 2 Championship, and qualifying quartets will go on to the International competition.
“Harmony Heritage Chorus is proud once again to be competing in our Area convention and competition in Devons Mass against other choruses from our region.,” says Anne Diggle, chapter president. “We work hard all year to hone our craft, which is accapella singing with the unique chord structure of Barbershop harmony. We look forward to qualifying for our International Competition which this year will be held in Providence in November. It will include choruses from throughout the US and Canada..”
Harmony, Inc. has hosted area and international conventions for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they present the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience.
With 20 members, Harmony Heritage is directed by Bob O’Connell of Pawtucket, RI.