Pictured at right during the vocal percussion workshop of "TuneUp" are students Makayla Coalts, Maya Mattice, Maleah Wilson, Catherine Hayes, and Hayden McCane.
October 29, 2015 — When it comes to singing with no accompaniment, a group of Glens Falls Middle School students are "tuning up."
South Glens Falls High School recently hosted its second annual "TuneUp A Cappella Festival" for students in upper middle and high school. In addition to a concert, this year's festival featured workshops related to singing, performing, and all things a cappella.
Middle School Chorus Teacher Meredith Reed was a workshop presenter at the festival, so she used the opportunity to bring along several students for the experience. Students from area schools had a choice from nearly ten workshops to attend. "Our students learned about vocal health from me, vocal percussion from University of Rochester's The Midnight Ramblers, and singing Doo Wop with The Flipsydz," said Mrs. Reed.
The evening's concert featured seven different a cappella groups, ranging from eighth-graders to college-level to professional.
During the set performed by the professional quartet, The Flipsydz, GFMS students (and others who attended their workshop) were invited on stage to sing a four-part a cappella arrangement of "The Book of Love." The concert closed with amazing performances by College of St. Rose's The Girls Next Door and the energetic Midnight Ramblers.
Several GFMS students brought parents and family members to the concert and are excited to attend next year. As one student put it, "That was awesome...I am definitely coming every year!"
Pictured below are Maleah Wilson, Liz Rice, Catherine Hayes, Makayla Coalts, Maya Mattice, and Hayden McCane.