June 15, 2024

Women’s A Cappella Chorus Holds Open Rehearsals on Tuesday Nights

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island, June 2023 — Harmony Heritage Chorus, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, holds open in-person rehearsals on Tuesday evenings. Female singers of all ages and musical backgrounds are welcome to attend. Rehearsal begins at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place in Pawtucket, RI. Parking is on the street or in the municipal lot at the end of the street. Attendees enter the church through the sanctuary entrance at the front of the building.

Due to a loosening of CDC and state Covid guidelines, vaccination is no longer mandatory and masking is optional. For those who are at risk or not feeling well, a Zoom alternative is available every Tuesday. For the Zoom link, contact Camilla Streeter at 401-258-3386.

“Almost every one of our members came for the music, but each of us stayed for the camaraderie,” says Anne Diggle, chapter president. “We welcome women who like to sing, even if it’s just in the privacy of their cars.”

The Harmony Heritage chorus is an award-winning chapter of Harmony, Inc. that performs under the direction of Bob O’Connell, an accomplished director, performer, arranger and musician. “It’s important to note that barbershop harmony is often considered the ‘every man’s’ a cappella,” says O’Connell. “Members don’t need to have a lot of musical experience, formal training, or even have the ability to read music. As long as she loves to sing, we have the tools to help her find success in barbershop harmony.”

The chorus has recently returned from the Harmony, Inc. Area 2 competition, where they qualified for the international competition in November.

Harmony Heritage chorus primarily sings in the barbershop harmony style, which traces its musical roots back to the turn of the 20th century. Today, barbershop harmony singers not only celebrate the classics, but also put their own spin on contemporary songs as well.

For more information about Harmony Heritage chorus, visit www.harmonyheritage.org  To inquire about booking a performance by the chorus, contact Barbara-Ann MacIntosh at 401-560-0073 or joyhi@cox.net.  For questions on membership, contact Lisa Rivernider at 508-478-0986 or Anne Diggle at 401-465-4349.

About Harmony Heritage

Founded in 2001, the Southern New England 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 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, 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 more than 65 chapters in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.HarmonyInc.org  

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