Sing Out!

A Cappella Groups To Give Forbes Performance

Posted: March 7, 2013

Harrisonburg High School’s a cappella group will join seven other ensembles on the Forbes Center Concert Hall stage in its second annual performance, Sing Out! An A Cappella Celebration on March 12-13 at 8 p.m.

“We were asked to sing last year and it went well enough to get the opportunity to come back,” says J.R. Snow, coordinator of Fine Arts for Harrisonburg City Public Schools and the coordinator and director of the Harrisonburg High School a cappella ensemble.

Snow also founded the Madison Project, JMU’s first a cappella group on campus. The all-male student ensemble performs up and down the east coast, having released seven albums since its debut performance in 1997.

Along with HHS, the seven other a cappella groups will include: all-male groups Exit 245 and the Madison Project; all-female groups - BluesTones, Note-oriety, and Into Hymn, and two co-ed groups - the Overtones and LowKey.

“We were invited to participate last year and it was a huge success!” says Heidi Simmons, president of Into Hymn.

“Each group sings one or two songs that represent their group the best. We don’t have instruments, so we use our mouths to communicate the sound. We are all on hand-held mics and practice choreography to go along with our songs.”

Cast by audition, the HHS group consists of 23 high school students, ranging from freshman to senior.

The event  “‘opens up opportunity for the students to realize that there’s life after high school and gives them an opportunity to interact, sing and share with JMU students and singers,” says Snow.

“And, if and when these students go to college, they will have a vested interest in this because of these opportunities.”

The show is a student-run and initiated performance. “We are excited and hope the community comes out to enjoy the entire production, not just our portion of it,” says Snow.

Tickets are $14-$15. For tickets visit www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call the Forbes Center Box Office at (540) 568-7000. Contact Jen Kulju, Public Relations Coordinator at the Forbes Center at (540) 568-4394 or by email at kuljuja@jmu.edu for further information.


Contact Aimee George at 574-6292 or ageorge@dnronline.com.


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