July 22, 2024

Local A Cappella Chorus Competes in Area Contest


Pawtucket, RI, March 23, 2024— Harmony Heritage, the Rhode Island chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will head to Framingham, Massachusetts April 11th to 14th to participate in an area contest. The group is busy on Tuesday evenings readying an entertaining package of songs.

Harmony Heritage will go head-to-head with eleven other choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 2, which spans all of New England, plus Montreal, Canada. The competition will determine area rankings, and choruses achieving a qualifying score will go on to compete in the international competitions of Harmony, Inc. in Louisville, KY this November.

“The Harmony Heritage chorus rehearses all year to become more masterful at the four-part harmony that characterizes the barbershop style, but preparing for our area contest is one of the most exciting times of our year,” says chapter president Anne Diggle. “We are excited to have 2 new members competing in Harmony Inc. for the first time! Our chorus is ready to take the competition stage, and we’re proud to represent the Rhode Island community among choruses from all across this region.”

Harmony, Inc. has hosted area and international conventions for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they perform the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience.

With 23 members, Harmony Heritage is directed by Bob O’Connell of Pawtucket, RI, a gifted and accomplished musician, director and arranger. The competing choruses will each present two songs at the area contest. To learn more about Harmony Heritage, visit www.harmonyheritage.org

About Harmony Heritage
Founded in 2001, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as the Harmony Heritage chorus, brings four-part a cappella harmony to the local community through regular performances and educational events. The chorus consists of women representing a wide range of musical backgrounds, from novice to trained professionals, and performs under the direction of Bob O’Connell. Harmony Heritage rehearses at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays at 50 Park Place in Pawtucket, RI. For more information, visit www.harmonyheritage.org

About Harmony, Incorporated:
Harmony, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Founded in Providence, RI in 1959, the organization has expanded from its Eastern roots to include almost 70 chapters in the United States and Canada, from California to Quebec, and from Manitoba to Florida. For more information, visit www.HarmonyInc.org


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