Harmony Fusion Chorus, a women's a cappella barbershop show chorus, will host a special virtual open house rehearsal night via Zoom to welcome new singers, from 7-9 p.m. this Monday (Oct. 26).
Chorus board president Joanne Morrison noted that an a cappella chorus can do plenty, even with the pandemic.
"Although we can't meet in person right now, we are fully engaged in learning new music and honing our skills," she said.
Members are meeting every Monday evening using Zoom, doing physical and vocal warmups, plus practicing in breakout rooms. They also have guest coaches and educators visiting from all over the world.
The singers are also working on a virtual chorus video to share with family and friends for the holidays. And now they are planning their open rehearsal night for potential new members.
"We're looking for women who love to sing and are interested in performing, competing and improving their vocal skills," Morrison said. "If you have a good ear for music, we want you. The ability to read music is not required."
Harmony Fusion Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is open to female singers as young as high school age.
Guests are welcome to join any of the regular Monday night sessions. Email the organization to get the Zoom link and information.
But this Monday's virtual open house will present information about singing in the barbershop style, and those who attend will learn to sing a song or a "tag" -- the close-harmony ending of a song -- and find out what Harmony Fusion Chorus can offer its members.
The mission of Sweet Adelines is music education in barbershop singing, and the chorus' director, Barb Vander Putten, takes that to heart.
"We perform at events throughout the East Bay (in non-COVID times), as well as competing annually in our Sweet Adelines International region, which includes choruses from Hawaii, Northern California, Southern Oregon and Nevada," Vander Putten said. "In addition to the joy of singing in our sisterhood, members have multiple opportunities to learn from other directors and coaches, as well as leadership skills and chorus management."
Harmony Fusion has been recognized for its high member retention rate, and is a three-time winner of the SAI Region 12 BRAVO Award (Best Retention And Value to the Organization).
"We believe it is due to our welcoming and supportive culture," board president Morrison said.
For more information about the virtual open rehearsal night, email [email protected] or visit the chorus website at www.harmonyfusion.org.