Sea Belles prepare for Atlantic Women’s A Cappella Singing Contests SAINT JOHN, NB- May 29-Sea Belles A Cappella Chorus, Saint John’s only chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will head to Sackville, NB June 2-4th to participate in an area contest that could qualify the local singers for an international competition later this year. Sea Belles will go head to head with six choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 1, which includes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. 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 Providence, RI in November. Sea Belles is the three time Area 1 top performing chorus in the past four years. “Sea Belles 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 Susan Ingraham, chapter president. “We’re ready to take the competition stage, and we’re proud to represent the Saint John community 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 present the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience. With approximately 55 members, Sea Belles is directed by Janet Kidd of Hampton,NB. The chorus plans to present two songs at the area contest, I’m Afraid the Masquarade is Over and Alexander’s Ragtime Band. These selections are a small sample of the chorus’s extensive repertoire, which is ideally suited for a wide range of audiences and events.
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