3rd Annual Young Women and Young Men In Harmony Festival –an exciting musical event for Young singers up to age 26. The Festival will be on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Princeton High School Performing Arts Center in Sharonville, Ohio and is a unique opportunity for young men and women to learn the art of singing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. The Festival will include classes, rehearsals, and coaching on vocal production and stage performance skills. It will culminate in the YWIH Festival Show in the auditorium on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is open to the public with no admission charge, will star the Festival participants and features award-winning barbershop singers from the Cincinnati community.
The fee for the Festival is $25 and includes classes, rehearsals, and coaching, advance copies of sheet music and a learning CD, lunch/dinner/snacks, a Festival T-shirt, and the Saturday night show. Full scholarships are granted to the extent funds are available.
Young singers will love learning the intricacies of singing harmony in the barbershop style. It’s a unique style of close, unaccompanied, four-part harmony that requires good vocal skills, ear-tuning and musicianship, and it can be applied to ALL types of music – oldies, show tunes, contemporary hits, and more. With the rising popularity of vocal harmony groups, many young women have turned to barbershop to learn how to sing a cappella harmony. They have found there’s nothing quite like the challenge and fun of using just their voices to ring chords and make music with their friends.
YWIH Music Director will be Ali Hauger is a recent graduate of Towson with an Early Childhood Education degree. Ali has an impressive barbershop rap sheet. She has been singing with the Dundalk Chorus of SAI Region 19 since 2005, with a total of eleven years as a Sweet Adeline. Her quartet, Whole Lotta Harmony, was named 2008 Rising Star Champions. They also went on to win the Region 19 competition in 2011. Besides singing Lead in GQ (Girls Quartet), Ali’s role is to update all of their social media outlets! She continues to serve as an associate director, board member, co-choreographer, lead section leader, membership chair, and music team member for the Dundalk Chorus. Ali is a Pre-K teacher at The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Baltimore, MD.
YWIH Teaching Quartet will be Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Quartet a 3-time Region 17 champion and the 2015 3rd Place International finalists—not too bad for 24-, 21-, 20-, and 17-year-old ladies! They all are Greater Cincinnati Harmony Festival veterans, where their love of barbershop was encouraged to flourish. Tenor Kyleigh Lash lives in Bowling Green and is a hospitality and travel management major at Terra State. Her husband, Joey, is in the Navy. Lead Carlee Conrad and Baritone Caris Conrad live in Rising Sun. Carlee is a hospitality management major at Terra State, Caris is a Senior at Lakota. They are “barbershop brats,” who've been singing barbershop since they were able to speak. Bass Teresa Whitaker is in her second year of Medical School at the University of Cincinnati and a former member of Cincinnati Sound Chorus.