2010 Harmony Sweepstakes, Boston Regional Competition

The Boston Regional Competition of the Harmony Sweepstakes (on 4.18.10) was a smashing event this year. A stellar line-up, a full house of a cappella enthusiasts, and a smoothly-running show — what more could I ask?

At a competition like this, every viewer is a judge (and I’m no exception). I watched the show critically: I want to see a set from each group that is balanced, visually compelling, and that sounds good. But this isn’t just any music: it’s a cappella. So I ask more questions: why is the group performing this song with only voices as its instruments? (Is it a cover that’s an impressive imitation of the original, or, better yet, a re-imagining? Or is it an original song intended for voices only?) Are the singers (and arrangers) using their voices effectively? And—most importantly—is the audience having fun? The answers came back a resounding ‘yes’ for much of afternoon.

Read the full review on CASA.org.

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