HARMONY HERITAGE AWARDED GRANT FROM RHODE ISLAND STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island, January 2017 — Harmony Heritage Chorus, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, has been awarded a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The grant will be used to produce three free a cappella harmony workshops in various public libraries in RI. Participants will learn and experience how the four different voice parts – tenor, lead, baritone, and bass – blend to make a magical sound when the voices “lock and ring”.

The Harmony Heritage chorus is an award-winning chapter of Harmony, Inc. that performs under the direction of Bob O’Connell, an accomplished director, performer and musician. “Participants don’t need to have a lot of musical experience, formal training, or even have the ability to read music,” says O’Connell. “Just bring a passion for singing, and we’ll deliver the tools to take that passion to the next level.”

“We’re particularly pleased with this round of grant awards,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Programs in arts education and projects that support the work of artists contribute to the economy and vitality of life in communities throughout our state.”

Harmony Heritage chorus primarily sings in the barbershop harmony style, which traces its musical roots back to the turn of the 20th century. Today, barbershop harmony singers not only celebrate the classics, but also put their own spin on contemporary songs as well.

For more information about Harmony Heritage chorus, visit www.harmonyheritage.org or call Barbara-Ann MacIntosh at 401-560-0073 or Mary Levasseur at 508-336-6956.

About Harmony Heritage

Founded in 2001, the Southern New England chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as the Harmony Heritage, brings four-part a cappella harmony to the local community through regular performances and educational events. The chorus consists of women representing a wide range of musical backgrounds, from novice to trained professionals, and performs under the direction of Bob O’Connell. Harmony Heritage holds open rehearsals at 7:15 PM on Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI. For more information, visit www.harmonyheritage.org.

About Harmony, Incorporated:

Harmony, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Founded in Providence, RI in 1959, the organization has expanded from its Eastern roots to include more than 60 chapters in the United States and Canada, from California to Newfoundland, and from Manitoba to Florida. For more information, visit www.HarmonyInc.org.

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