Harmony Heritage, the Rhode Island chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will head to Devens, Massachusetts in April to participate in an area contest that could qualify the local singers for an international competition later this year.
Harmony Heritage will go head to head with eight other choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 2, which spans all of New England. 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. In 2017, Harmony Heritage was awarded the Area 2 Rising Star Award.
“The Harmony Heritage) chorus rehearses all year to become more masterful at the four-part harmony that characterizes the barbershop style, but preparing for our area contest is one of the most exciting times of our year,” says Kim, Thompson, chapter president. “We’re ready to take the competition stage, and we’re proud to represent Rhode Island among choruses from all across this region.”
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 perform the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience.
With approximately 20 members, Harmony Heritage is directed by Bob O’Connell of Pawtucket, RI. The chorus plans to present two songs at the area contest, “We’ll Meet Again: and “That Old Feeling.” These selections are a small sample of the chorus’s extensive repertoire, which is ideally suited for a wide range of audiences and events. To learn more about the chorus’s upcoming performance schedule, visit http://www.harmonyheritage.org
About Harmony Heritage
Founded in 2001, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as the Harmony Heritage chorus, 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 rehearses at 7:15 PM on Tuesdays at 50 Park Place in Pawtucket, RI). For more information, visit http://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. Since 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 HarmonyInc.org.