Sea Belles Chorus Showcases A Cappella Harmony to Saint John School, February 22
Saint John, New Brunswick, March, 16, 2017 — Saint John Sea Belles Chorus, a chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, recently commemorated national Harmony Awareness Week with a special event at St John the Baptist School in Saint John. Sea Belles Director Janet Kidd, and an ensemble of chorus members provided Jillian Little, Music Specialist and Grade four and seven students a first hand experience at singing four part a cappella music.
Harmony Awareness Week is sponsored annually by Harmony, Inc., an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, to raise awareness of barbershop harmony, the women who celebrate and preserve the genre, and the contributions that Harmony, Inc. members make to their local communities throughout the United States and Canada.
“Annually, we celebrate a cappella singing and the organization that has brought so much joy to Sea Belles chorus and such a feeling of accomplishment in our members’ lives,” says Susan Ingraham chapter president. “Sea Belles A Cappella chorus hosted this special event at St John the Baptist School in Saint John to commemorate Harmony Awareness Week 2017 and to help the youth learn a little about a cappella singing.”
Jillian Little, Music Specialist for St John the Baptist School/King Edward School, described Sea Belles’ interactions with the students saying, “Our grades 4 and 7 music classes had the privilege of not only listening to the beautiful harmonies of the Sea Belles today but also participated in several vocal exercises as a large group, including the singing of several rounds, favorites of mine as a music teacher!”
In describing the students’ reaction to the experience, Little added, “The students were eager to learn the different parts and were exposed to different musical terms that perhaps they had not yet learned. I always love having other teachers in my classroom! I would love to have the ladies return again as many other classes noted their presence and wished they could have been included too.”
Janet Kidd, Sea Belles’ director for past 27 years, remarked “So heartwarming for the Sea Belles who went to St John the Baptist/King Edward School to see how excited the kids were about making music – and how much they seemed to enjoy singing in harmony. ( It was) very exciting to be able to introduce them to how great it feels to sing in four part harmony (and) also lovely to be welcomed so enthusiastically by the children’s music teacher – Jillian Little.”
Sea Belles chorus contacted other music specialists in Saint John and surrounding areas last fall, offering similar musical experiences but only had follow-up with Ms. Little. Information was also shared with Ms. Little on funding available to support music programs in schools from Sing Canada Harmony (SCH). SCH is a registered charity established in 2008 to unite Canadian a cappella singers through service to youth and children in schools and communities. The fund provides financial assistance for educational and training opportunities in singing vocal music performance, leadership,administration, composition, arrangement, adjudication and staging. Sing Canada Harmony will fund learning opportunities for Canadians throughout the communities and schools in our country, and particularly among young people, to gain expertise and experience in the field of a cappella vocal music harmony singing in quartets and choruses. For more info , go to singcanadaharmony.ca.
About Sea Belles of Harmony, Inc:
Founded in 1969 the Saint John chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as Sea Belles A Cappella 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 Janet Kidd. Sea Belles rehearse 7:00PM on Tuesday at Portland United Church.
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.