BRATTLEBORO -- Taking the stage on Friday, six area high school groups will give their own concert in anticipation of the 11th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert the next night.
The High School A Cappella "Warm-Up" Concert will again rock the main gallery at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Proceeds support the Scholarship Fund of the In-Sight Photography Project.
The lineup for Jan. 31 includes Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Spiralia and Xpressivo, all of which are student-directed independent groups from the Brattleboro area. In addition to the student groups, two high school ensembles round out the show -- the Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals, directed by Patty Meyer, and the Leland & Gray Rebel Clefs, directed by Ron Kelley.
General admission is $10, and $5 for students, at the door of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Space is limited, so come at 7 p.m. to get a seat.
Renegade is a student-run girls a cappella group that has been singing together since 2009. On Facebook they tell us, "We’re not your average Jills!"
Shoulder Narrows was started in 2004 by male students at BUHS who wanted to sing a cappella in an independent group away from the school. The nine original members have all graduated, and many moved on to sing a cappella in college. Today, the group sings a mix of indie rock, pop, jazz and a little bit of everything else in between.
Spiralia is the longest running girls student-led a cappella group from BUHS. They love to add their own creative twists to funky, upbeat tunes. The group was founded in 2007 to provide young women with a fun, musically challenging, and supportive environment in which to take charge of their own musical experiences.
Xpressivo, according to their Facebook page, is "a bunch of people who love to sing!" They are a co-ed a cappella group formed in 2012 at BUHS.
The BUHS Madrigals is a group of auditioned singers that rehearse once a week at the Brattleboro Union High School under the direction of Patty Meyer. Students earn credit for this class and perform in a variety of venues, including school concerts, madrigal festivals, school assemblies and town events. The Madrigals perform songs from many styles.
Leland & Gray’s Rebel Clefs is an auditioned singing group that meets once a week after school. Directed by Ron Kelley, they sing wide variety of music, from 16th century madrigals to contemporary-style a cappella.
The High School A Cappella "Warm-Up" Concert is sponsored by Commonwealth Dairy and its products YoYummy and Green Mountain Creamery Greek Yogurt. Samples of YoYummy will be available at the door until they run out.
For more information call the In-Sight Photography Project at 802-251-9960 or visit www.in-sightphotography.org.