Thunder Bay Arts Council concert coming up Friday

Thunder Bay Arts Council presents the Mountain Town Singers this Friday in the Alpena High School Auditorium.

Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant and directed by Evan Boegehold, The Mountain Town Singers are an all male a cappella chorus and a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. They have earned three district championships and competed in five international competitions in Nashville, Tenn.; Anaheim, Calif.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Toronto, Ontario.

The group plans to compete again in the international contest that will be held in Las Vegas in July on the same MGM Grand stage that hosts some of the best entertainers in the world.

The name of Mountain Town Singers was adopted to recognize the chorus’s origin in Mt. Pleasant. With the assistant of Professor David Gillingham, a professor of music composition at Central Michigan University, the chorus quickly became associated with that university and recruited many students, later becoming a recognized student organization.

The chorus is dedicated to preserving and promoting the barbershop style of a cappella harmony and to create an environment where youth and mature men might join together in song.

In early 2012, Mountain Town Singers expanded their vision from competition and performance to look for ways to benefit the local community, and particularly to provide live musical entertainment to an underserved population. The chorus now makes regular appearances at local assisted living facilities and sponsors at least one free annual show for area seniors at the Isabella Commission on Aging.

In addition to these charitable benefits, the chorus has organized and operated vocal music camps for young singers, both male and female. An annual three-day summer camp will be offered on the CMU campus later this year in addition to a single-day workshop in Hillsdale. Both events offer students, ages 12-20, opportunities to learn proper vocal technique, experience a cappella music in the barbershop style, make new friends and perform on stage.

The chorus’s music styles consist of barbershop, choral, gospel, patriotic, seasonal and swing.

This is a regular scheduled event for the TBAC season ticket/ARTPass holders. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and students are free.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call the Thunder Bay Arts Council at 356-6678 or visit the website at www.alpenatbarts.org.