Got Harmony camp and show a success

Students perform at the Got Harmony program.

Students perform at the Got Harmony program.

DAVISON TWP. — Once again area youth gathered in Davison as the Border Lakes Region # 2 Sweet Adelines International held it’s Fourth Annual Got Harmony Day Camp and Benefit Show there.

Talented young men and women from the ages of 8-25 attended the vocal music camp at the Davison Senior Center. They spent the day learning four-partharmony, vocal production, choreography and stage presentation as well as meeting new friends and enjoying a day of singing and music.

Some students came from as far away as Toronto, Ontario, and Grand Rapids.

Song of the Lakes Sweet Adelines Chorus of Davison and the men’s Flint Arrowhead Chorus hosted the event. The faculty for the Got Harmony Day Camp included two outstanding quartets: The international award-winning men’s quartet from Kentucky/Texas, The Franchise, who worked with the boys and the 2010/2011 Region # 2 Sweet Adelines Champion quartet, Overture, who acted as instructors for the girls.

Diane Catellane and Anne Kotchman co-directed the girls Got Harmony Day Camp chorus at the camp and benefit show.

Catellane is a master director and is presently the director for the Shoreline Sound Sweet Adelines Chorus of Royal Oak. Kotchman is the assistant director of Shoreline Sound and has been very active in working with the Young Women in Harmony Program, mentoring young women in the art of barbershop.

Directing the young men’s chorus was Jay Hawkins, who sings bass with the Franchise Quartet and also coaches young men’s vocal groups.

The students filled out an evaluation at the end of the camp and all but just a few were extremely positive. The camp staff was equally impressed with the singers and their outstanding talent.

After spending the day rehearsing and fine-tuning the selected songs, the young men and women choral groups took to the stage at the Davison High School Auditorium for the Got Harmony Benefit Show. The Got Harmony Camp choruses were joined on stage with an allstar cast of award winning quartets.

After only one day to practice together, the Camp Choruses opened the show with a bang with outstanding performances.

With all the cuts in the arts programs these types of programs are vital to provide support for our youth and ensure a future for performing arts and barbershop harmony.

Border Lakes Region # 2 Sweet Adelines wishes to thank all those individuals and businesses who donated monies and time to make this event an outstanding day including the grant from Young Singers Foundation.

Thanks also go to all those who helped in hosting the activities, the award winning quartets and directors, and instructors who donated their time to make the camp and show a huge success. A big thank you goes to Joan and Jill Kienitz who served as co-chair for the Got Harmony Program and the Region #2 Sweet Adelines Young Women in Harmony Program.

In closing a quote from a student: “It was very fun! It was run well. I loved everything! Keep doing what you are doing!” — G.G.

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