Find Your Voice participants learn about barbershop from the members of the quartet Tonic! Left to right: Cathy Hunter (Bari), Marion Fraser-Pritchard (Lead), Adele Merritt (Bass), Mary Gareau (Tenor).
The first Tuesday in September was an exciting day for the ScotianAires. Not only were many of our members back from summer holidays, but we also welcomed more than 20 new faces – and new voices – as we launched our Find Your Voice program.
The five-week program was aimed at introducing women who have not previously sung barbershop to the techniques and harmonies that characterize our genre of music. While some of the participants had a background in more traditional choral music, others had only experienced the joy of singing in the shower…or along with the radio.
Led by ScotianAires Assistant Directors Adele Merritt and Cathy Hunter, the free program consisted of four lessons in vocal techniques, including good singing posture, efficient breath control and free vocal production. Through the program, participants explored their singing range and tried out some a cappella singing with a real song. After each 90-minute session, they had an opportunity to share refreshments with ScotianAires members and stay on to watch the second half of our regular rehearsal.
The fifth session, on September 29, consisted of a graduation evening in which Find Your Voice participants had an opportunity to show what they had learned. While there is no obligation to join the ScotianAires once the program ends, we are hopeful that some Find Your Voice participants will come aboard as regular members of the chorus.