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Oakland Youth Chorus

Founded in 1974, the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) is the oldest and longest running youth chorus in the East Bay. OYC provides a multicultural music education and performance program for youth, fostering talent, confidence and community. Our mission focuses on creating and sustaining programs of high artistic merit that are accessible to and supportive of children and youth who might otherwise not be able to experience the joy of making music with others.


Oasis Chorale

p>Like all high callings, thoughtful worship requires focus and effort. Certainly the call to worship is not exclusive to music, but permeates all areas of life. In the context of church music, however, the call to worship calls participants to give careful attention to both words and music. This can be learned and must be taught, and Oasis is committed to this process.

Worship cannot be divorced from a heart tuned to God. Oasis seeks participants eager for fully-orbed spiritual development.

Not all artistic music is rapidly attainable for all singers or accessible to all audiences. Artistic music usually requires training to be sung excellently and to be listened to with understanding and appreciation. Oasis intends to provide the necessary training to move singers and audiences forward one step in this process.


OC Times

Inspired by artists like Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, OC Times breathes new life into swing standards, rock and roll classics, and favorites from a variety of other genres. Hailing from Orange County, CA, Shawn York (tenor), Sean Devine (lead), Pat Claypool (baritone) and Cory Hunt (bass) take barbershop harmony back to where it started over a century ago: pop-culture.

In 2008, OC Times won the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet Championship. They have been featured in major publications such asThe Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, and SPIN magazine. The quartet is also featured prominently in an upcoming documentary film entitled "American Harmony."


Occidental Community Choir

The Occidental Community Choir creates, performs, and promotes choral music composed primarily by its members. Our music reflects a wide range of personal experience and represents an authentic connection we have with one another and the community at large. We mentor and support one another in developing our skills as singers, lyricists and composers. We strive to share a meaningful musical experience with our audience community.


Octappella

The 8 members of Octappella originally met while singing in a college musical ensemble. Motivated by their friendship and passion for music, they formed Octappella in the summer of 1999 and now work to promote the popular and growing genre of a cappella music. Proud to be a unique and sought-after a capella group specializing in vocal instrumentation and complex, tight harmonies, the members of Octappella have sought distinction in their artistic interpretation, vocal ability, musical arrangements, and performance personality. They've recorded two albums, made numerous radio and television appearances, and have performed at many university, corporate and community events. They were featured performers during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games and appeared on international and national television and radio broadcasts. The members of Octappella comprise a broad collection of performance experience and musical talent. Their repertoire features a variety of musical genres spanning many decades, including old and new, classical and popular, as well as holiday and inspirational. Their diverse song selections, "marinated with the Octappella flavor," utilize rich harmonies with amazing vocal instrumentation and percussion.


Ohio State University Men's Glee

The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club was organized in 1875. It is the oldest of hundreds of student organizations available to students at the university. The group has exemplified the university's dedication to tradition, excellence, and diversity.

During its history the OSU Men's Glee Club has garnered worldwide accolades. Most notably, the Men's Glee Club was unanimously declared "Choir of the World" in 1990 under the direction of Professor James Gallagher in Llangollen, Wales. The OSUMGC was the first male chorus and the first ensemble from the United States to win the competition. The Men's Glee Club has performed at many OMEA, MENC, and ACDA conventions, proudly representing the university at state, regional, and national levels. In 2006 the OSUMGC traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to perform for the 42nd national seminar of the Intercollegiate Male Choruses, Inc.


Ohio State University Women's Glee

The Ohio State University Women's Glee Club was established in 1903. This ensemble has the distinction of having been the first campus musical organization to appear in concert in Mershon Auditorium. Membership in the Women's Glee Club has steadily inscreased over the years, as the ensemble becomes better known within the OSU community. The WGC represents a wide variety of majors and interests, with singers ranging from freshman to graduate students. Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt has been the director of WGC since 1993.


Ohlone Chamber Singers

The Mission Peak Chamber Singers (MPCS) is an independent, community-based chamber choir of 35 singers now entering its second season. Prior to becoming independent, the ensemble was known as the Ohlone Chamber Singers and has a 27 year history of excellence that has not only provided superb choral music for the greater Fremont region, but has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Highlights for the second season are the annual Christmas at the Mission Concert at Old Mission San Jose in Fremont, a masterworks concert, and a tour to Wales and Ireland in July 2015. Michael Morris is the Mission Peak Chamber Singers' Artistic Director and conductor.


OneVoice

OneVoice is the flagship ensemble of the vocal jazz program at Millikin University. Begun in 1986 by the group's musical director and keyboardist, Stephen Widenhofer, OneVoice is one of two vocal jazz groups at Millikin University. OneVoice has been specially recognized by DOWN BEAT magazine several times and has been invited to perform at various educational conferences and collegiate jazz festivals in the United States. Last year the ensemble was one of two vocal jazz ensembles featured at the national convention of the American Choral Director's Association in Oklahoma City. OneVoice regularly tours regionally and has toured the Dominican Republic on three different occasions.


Opus 7

Since its inception, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble has established a reputation for continually featuring a diverse range of new and rarely performed works, along with time-honored classics of choral literature. Formed in 1992 as a professional choral group by founding director Loren Ponten, Opus 7 specializes in 19th- through 21st-century a cappella choral music. As a resident ensemble of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington since 1994, Opus 7 is firmly dedicated to performing the works of local and regional composers, regularly commissioning new choral compositions. In addition, since 2000 Opus 7 has fostered new talent in the field of choral music through their unique Student Choral Composition Awards Program.


Oriole Four

The real beginning of the Oriole Four, 1970 International champion quartet, was in 1951 outside a Baltimore high school - although no one, of course, knew it at the time. That's when students Fred King and Jim Grant first met, discovered they had a mutual fondness for harmony and sang an impromptu duet. They joined the Society a couple of years later, found two other students who liked to harmonize and formed the Deacon Four, with Jim on lead and Fred on baritone. The quartet, with occasional personnel changes, was still getting together now and then after its members had graduated, and in 1956 the name was changed to the Oriole Four.


Orioles

This highly influential vocal group was formed in 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Along with the Ravens, the Orioles were considered the pioneers of rhythm and blues vocal harmony. The group members were Sonny Til (b. Earlington Carl Tilghman, 18 August 1928, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 9 December 1981, USA; lead), Alexander Sharp (b. 1919, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 1970; tenor), George Nelson (b. Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 1959; baritone), Johnny Reed (b. 16 July 1923, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 18 June 2005, Lakewood, New Jersey, USA; bass) and guitarist/second tenor Tommy Gaither (b. Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 5 November 1950, USA). Originally known as the Vibra-Naires, the group (with original bass vocalist Richard Williams) made their debut on the Manor label in March 1948 with the track "Tell Me So". The newly renamed Orioles (to honour the state bird of Maryland) launched their career with the quiet, languorous ballad "It's Too Soon To Know", which went to number 1 in the R&B charts (number 13 pop) in late 1948. The song was written by Deborah Chessler, the group's manager, and she wrote many of their subsequent hits.


Orphans

In 1950 a barbershop quartet, as yet unnamed, was to do a show in Wichita and the SPEBSQSA chapter president needed a name for the program, so he called the group 'The Orphans.' The name grew on them, and in 1954 they won District and Prelim contests, and then they were off to the Big Dance in Washington, DC. With the help of a Miracle Doctor, lead singer Bob Groom overcame the loss of his voice on their last set, and The Orphans, the pride of Wichita, were adopted-as International Champs! They wore the Gold with pride, singing nearly 60 shows a year all over the country.


Our Town

Comprised of four men with championship ranking in both the Barbershop Harmony Society and a cappella circles, OUR TOWN won both the prestigious Harmony Sweepstakes (the oldest a cappella competition in America) and Barbershop Harmony Society Northeastern Districts in 2009.

Known for their "big sound" and pure style of harmony, the quartet recently appeared at the iconic New York City nightclub, Birdland. Intent on singing familiar songs for the enjoyment of varying audiences - college students to traditional song buffs - OUR TOWN boasts a repertoire reflective of musical tastes ranging from contemporary up-tunes to nostalgic ballads.


Overboard

Founded in the spring of 2006 by current director Nicholas Girard, Overboard is a male a cappella group from Boston, MA. Although Overboard's repertoire consists primarily of contemporary pop/rock songs, including covers from such artists as Rascall Flatts, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, the group remains true to its a cappella roots and continues to perform classic selections such as "Blue Moon," "In The Still of the Night" and "Stand By Me."

First conceived as a street performance group intent on entertaining audiences around coastal New England during the summer months, Overboard has come a long way in a short time. The group's first album, Shipwrecked, was recorded in Nick's living room and was released during that first summer. Shipwrecked was distributed during frequent busking stops in Newburyport, MA; Freeport, ME and Burlington, VT, as well as around the group's hometown of Boston.


P.M. Singers

Formed in 1982 by students of the esteemed director Phil Mattson, members of the P.M. Singers became identified with the Phil Mattson School and many have gone on to great professional and academic success in their own right. (Two examples are Joe Finetti, who now sings with The Bobs, and Michele Weir, a respected educator and arranger.) This mixed group has the talent and range to master the most technical of charts, as well as the warmth and emotion to stir the heart-witness"A Child Is Born," with a facile piano accompaniment by Phil Mattson himself, who plays keyboards throughout. Many of the arrangements allow one voice to solo, adding and subtracting harmonies for interest and variety. "I'll Be Seeing You" is a cappella and allows the melody to shine, gradually opening up the song with a frugal harmony that never interferes, but builds to a subtle crescendo and then resolves to an elegant closing cadence, the lead voice holding the final note while the lower parts complete the subject. A pleasure to listen to and a model of arranging virtuosity.


Pacific Boychoir

Pacific Boychoir choristers participate in a very old tradition. Boychoirs have been around for hundreds of years, dating back at least to the fourth century. Early modern boychoirs were trained to sing with the collegiate and cathedral choirs of Europe. Today, most boychoirs are not affiliated with churches, though much of the great music written for boys came out of this tradition.

The Pacific Boychoir aims to match the world's best boychoirs (e.g., the Vienna Boys of Austria, Drakensberg of South Africa, the American Boychoir of Princeton). Critical reviews imply that the Pacific Boychoir is succeeding! Choristers learn that extraordinary accomplishment teaches lifelong lessons. Hard work leads to mastery. Personal responsibility and teamwork go hand in hand. The challenge of improvement leads to the joy of art well performed.


Pacific Chorale

Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and is sought regularly to perform with the nation's leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California's hallmark innovation and cultural independence.

Pacific Chorale is comprised of 160 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies.


Pacific Collegium

Training superb young musicians is a core part of our mission. Our after-school program offers students the chance to develop their talents and love of music in a learning environment that instills high personal standards and pride in performing at their best. Chapel College Men and Boys Ensemble is a virtuosic choir in the English cathedral mode, where students work on a regular basis with some of the best adult choral professionals in the Bay Area. In past seasons, Chapel College boys have joined the Pacific Collegium in performances of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 and J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor.


Pacific Edge Voices

Founded in 1980 by Artistic Director Richard Grant, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (PME) delivers passionate, expert and engaging choral performances of music from Brahms to Brubeck to the Beach Boys. During its time, PME has grown to fill an important role in the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting courageous and innovative programs of many works that have never been performed in concert settings. In 2005, the group's 25th anniversary season, PME named Dr. Lynne Morrow, one of the Bay Area's leading musical figures, as the group's Music Director.

PME is perhaps best known for its collaborations with contemporary composers and artists, including John Adams, Dave Brubeck, David Lang, Meredith Monk, The American Bach Soloists, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, and many others. PME was nominated for a "Best Choral Performance" Grammy Award in 2006 for the Harmonia Mundi recording of Bernstein's Mass with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under the direction of Kent Nagano.


Pacific Empire Chorus

Pacific Empire Chorus is the premier northern California women's, 4-part a cappella, award winning mid-sized chorus. PEC is a 501c(3) organization, dedicated to bringing a cappella harmony, to women of all ages throughout Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. Come visit the Pacific Empire Chorus and experience for yourself the love of harmony, friendship and singing that we share each week.


Pacific Masterworks Chorus

The Pacific Masterworks Chorus is devoted to high quality choral performance. We embrace a wide variety of repertoire ranging from works of the a cappella tradition through accompanied compositions, including choral masterworks. We seek to perform distinctive choral music that will have value to both our performers and to our audiences. We provide training and education in historical and contemporary choral methods for individual growth and community enrichment.


Pacific Voices

The popular and powerful Pacific Voices is a 70-voice community chorus that specializes in the preservation and innovation of sacred choral and folk music from traditions around the world, composed over the past eight centuries. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor and composer, Josh Gitomer, for over 21 years the choir has performed to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences at venues throughout the Monterey Bay area. Pacific Voice's eclectic repertoire is sung in some 15 languages, with styles ranging from Gregorian to Gospel, Kirtan to Celtic, Baroque to Barbershop, and Renaissance to Rock.


Panache

The Bad News is, the former Sweet Adelines Queens of Harmony, the four lovely, talented women of Panache, have disbanded and are no longer singing together as a group. The Good News is, they left us this wonderful 2-CD set to remember them by! We won't go into the individual titles, but suffice to say that there's a 'whole bunch' of our favorites on these two CDs, including selections from discontinued Panache titles. These are the songs that took them to Sweet Adelines Gold, and that made them one of our best selling Barbershop titles. These four beloved entertainers are leaving exactly the way they came into our lives with Panache. Enjoy!


Paschall Brothers

In March 1981 in Norfolk, Virginia, Rev. Frank A. Paschall, Sr. and five of his seven sons came together to form their very own acappella gospel singing group. The Rev. Frank Paschall & the Paschall Brothers. Under the guidance and direction of their father and with the help of God, these young men have become one of the most unique and innovative singing groups in their field today.

In 1984, the group was reformed after the departure of two of the five brothers. During this turbulent time of transition, the group was blessed with the gifted voice of Renard Freeman. Also a native of Norfolk, Freeman possessed the same drive and dedication of the group that allowed God to continue to bless this ministry of song. At the time, the group consisted of Rev. Frank Sr., Frank Jr. Tarrence, William and Renard Freeman. Since their existence, this group of young men has been/ and are a blessing of encouragement to thousands upon thousands of people all over the eastern seaboard.


Pastiche

Over the years, jazz has seen its share of talented vocal groups --New York Voices, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters, and Beachfront Property are among the names that immediately come to mind. All of those groups had two-gender formats, and rarely do you find a jazz-oriented vocal outfit with an all-female lineup; Pastiche is such a rarity. Consisting of singers Jenny Meltzer, Sandy Cressman, and Becky West, the female trio brings a jazz foundation to this self-titled debut album. But having a jazz foundation doesn't necessarily mean being a jazz purist or a jazz snob, and Pastiche is an appropriate name for the Bay Area threesome because Meltzer, Cressman, and West obviously have a variety of influences -- not only jazz vocal outfits like Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and New York Voices, but also everything from soul and pop to Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music. Stevie Wonder has influenced some of the writing, and so has the Manhattan Transfer.


Peninsula Cantare

Peninsula Cantare is a community choir based in Palo Alto, California. Peninsula Cantare is dedicated to keeping alive the great choral masterpieces and exploring new music for the education and enjoyment of our audiences. Program repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century; from a cappella literature to major works with orchestra.


Peninsula Girls Chorus

The mission of the Peninsula Girls Chorus is to engage the hearts and minds of girls and young women from diverse backgrounds through a comprehensive experience in choral music. We strive to demonstrate our commitment to excellence through a rigorous music education and literacy program. These skills serve as the foundation for outstanding performances of the highest quality choral literature that reflects humankind. It is our vision that our choristers will live life more deeply through their involvement and participation in choral music.


Peninsula Harmony Chorus

Peninsula Harmony Chorus is a community a cappella (voice only) mixed (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) chorus centered in Los Altos, California. We've been singing together for over ten years. We were founded in 1999 by Paul Prochaska, as one of the Urban Harmony voices of the Contemporary A Cappella Association (CASA). We welcome singers of any age who enjoy singing and who agree with our mission of "Creating harmony through harmony," bringing the special power of music to people in all walks of life in our community. We believe that music brings great therapeutic value in life both for the singers and those who just listen. We also believe in inclusiveness. Everyone can sing!


Peninsula Women's Chorus

The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a Palo Alto-based, 50-voice women's choir performing high-quality classical and contemporary music in the Bay Area and many parts of the world. Committed to excellence in the performance of diverse and challenging choral literature for women's voices, the PWC has come to national and international attention through live performance and recordings and has added significantly to the choral literature by commissioning new music. The chorus inspires and enriches its audiences in the Bay Area through its concert series, its ongoing program of premiering new works, and its numerous collaborations with other Bay Area performing groups.


Peninsulaires

The Peninsulaires is dedicated to sharing the joy of barbershop harmony through community outreach as we demonstrate our artistry, improve our musical expertise, create a sense of pride in our members, and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood with our fellow barbershoppers.


Pentatonix

Vocal sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Named after the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, this vocal quintet has transformed one of pop music's purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. Pairing their intricate arrangements with cleverly re-imagined pop songs, Pentatonix have quickly cultivated a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.

Pentatonix is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying (21), Kirstie Maldonado (20) and Mitch Grassi (20), vocal bass Avi Kaplan (23) and beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola (24) and, while the individuals would maintain that each of their fellow band members is irreplaceable, the fact remains that 24-hours before their audition for The Sing-Off they still hadn't all officially met.


Perfect Gentlemen

The Perfect Gentlemen provide the perfect blend of harmony and humor harkening back to the days of Vaudeville. Preserving America's great vocal sounds from a time when music was music, The Perfect Gentlemen recreate the close harmonies of such legendary groups as The Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers, while including the era's great comic songs made famous by the likes of Louis Jordan and The Hoosier Hotshots.

A typical performance by The Perfect Gentlemen includes marvelous melodious music mingled with masterful mirth, mischief, and merry-making. The group's versatility allows for effortless shifts between vocal styles with an air of ease, whether singing a cappella or accompanied by guitar or ukulele. Their signature piece, Salute to the 20th Century, is a humorous take on the de-evolution of music over the last century, illustrated by singing the same song in the style of Barbershop, Dixieland, Blues, Big Band, Doo-Wop, Bluegrass, Disco, Techno Punk, and Rap, complete with visuals that delights audiences of all ages time and time again.


Persuasions

With a career spanning half a century and showing no signs of retiring any time soon, the Persuasions continue to take on new and exciting musical projects. Over the summer of '09, it was the music of J.J. Cale, featuring the powerhouse baritone/tenor of "Sweet" Joe Russell on "I'll Make Love To You," and basso profundo, Jimmy Hayes on "Travelin' Light." Continuing the tradition of in-house self-arranging and producing, the group is now joined by Dave Revels, former member of the Drifters and long time Persuasions friend (who sang with them on their Beatles tribute CD and later arranged and produced their U2 tribute CD) as producer/arranger of the group's recording projects, along with Jimmy Hayes. Since the departure of lead singer Jerry Lawson, the "Pers" have regrouped and continue to perform nationwide to rave reviews


Petaluma Chorale

The Petaluma Chorale has about 24 members, men and women, and performs a variety of music from jazz and classical to contemporary and choral music from musicals. I like to do all styles of music, " said Schoenlein. "I think we're unique in that way because we're not a choral group that lends itself to just choral music. There's no sense trying to even do those big works by Bach and Mozart since we don't have that big a group. I'd love to see it become more of a community ensemble, which is what it used to be when it was the Harmoneers years ago. It had between 40 and 50 members then. " "


Phoenix Bach Choir

The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, in residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America. The 27-voice chorus, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, which is intermingled with more traditional concert literature.

Audiences around the world have been treated to the sounds of the Chorale through live performances across the United States and in Canada, and in live broadcasts and recordings on radio stations across the globe.


Phoenix Boys Choir

Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Boys Choir has programs featuring training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys age 7 to 14. Beginning with the Training Choir, boys can progress to Cadet, Town and Tour choirs, and upon graduation, participate in the Master's Choir. Currently, there are approximately 150 young boys and men participating, making it one of the largest and most active boychoirs in the United States.

In 2003, as part of its commitment to outreach and diversity, the Phoenix Boys Choir began a Neighborhood Training Choir Program. This expansion made the Phoenix Boys Choir available to all boys, regardless of where they live or their families' financial situation. There are currently neighborhood training choirs in Scottsdale, Peoria, Tempe, and at the Missouri choir building location.


Phoenix Choir

The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, in residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America. The 27-voice chorus, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, which is intermingled with more traditional concert literature.

Audiences around the world have been treated to the sounds of the Chorale through live performances across the United States and in Canada, and in live broadcasts and recordings on radio stations across the globe.

In March 2009, the Phoenix Chorale made their New York debut with their sister organization, the Kansas City Chorale, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times referred to the Chorales' "...refined sound and elegant phrasing..." with "vivid intensity..." and the performance had a "...buoyant pulse and energetic finesse."


Pieces of 8

Powerful, entertaining and bursting with energy, this contemporary a cappella octet blends familiar sounds to create its own expression of American vocal music. The ensemble's voices -- pairs of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses -- combine in rich harmony to create a seamless blend of sound. Saluting the boundless and unpredictable American spirit, Pieces of 8 combines classical music influences with the sounds of jazz, pop, rock, Reggae, doo-wop, gospel and soul to create a multilayered, nearly orchestral texture. Pieces of 8 was founded by Charles Mead, the ensembles artistic director, with support from the Professional Studies Program at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School (formerly the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts).


Pied Pipers

Originally consisting of eight members, The Pied Pipers had their greatest success after nearly half of the members left the group. The remaining Pipers (Billy Wilson, Chuck Lowry, Jo Stafford, and her then-husband John Huddleston) joined the Tommy Dorsey Band in 1939, backing Sinatra on many classic recordings. In 1942 The Pied Pipers broke away from Dorsey, and Huddleston joined the army, to be replaced by Hal Hopper, one of the original eight members. The group backed Johnny Mercer on several tracks during the early 40s, including "Candy" and "Blues in the Night." Their first single ("Deacon Jones"/"Pistol Packin' Mama") was released in 1943. Stafford had become quite busy with her solo career and left the group in 1944, to be replaced by June Hutton. Throughout the rest of the decade The Pied Pipers charted frequently, yet their popularity waned in the '50s.


Piedmont Children's Choir

Founded by Suzie Rahl in 1982, the Choir has established itself as a leading force in international choral activities and the commissioning and performance of new music. The Choir's annual concert schedule regularly features over 50 performances, divided among the fifteen various choirs that comprise the organization. The Choir's flagship performance group, Ensemble, tours internationally and competes in festivals and competitions throughout the world, frequently winning top honors and awards at competitions and music festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America.


Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choirs

Founded by Suzie Rahl in 1982, the Choir has established itself as a leading force in international choral activities and the commissioning and performance of new music. The Choir's annual concert schedule regularly features over 50 performances, divided among the fifteen various choirs that comprise the organization. The Choir's flagship performance group, Ensemble, tours internationally and competes in festivals and competitions throughout the world, frequently winning top honors and awards at competitions and music festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America. Recent prestigious awards include a first prize for Contemporary Music and second prize for children's choir at the 2010 Kathaumixw Choral Festival in British Columbia; the distinction of being the only choir to win three gold medals at Grand Prix St. Petersburg (Russia) Choral Festival in 2008; and two gold medals at the 2006 Hong Kong International Children's Choral Festival, among others.


Pilgrim Travellers

The Pilgrim Travelers were formed by Joe Johnson and the Davis brothers in Houston in the early 1930's. By 1942, the group had moved to Los Angeles and was joined by Kylo Turner and Keith Barber. In the early years they mimicked the style of the Golden Gates' jubilee and the Soul Stirrers' gospel. Eventually the excellence of their leads set them apart. In 1945, J. W. Alexander joined the group and became their manager. Under Alexander, the group became more flamboyant in their showmanship often wrecking the churches they sang in, while charming the women. In 1947 the group made some records for small L.A. labels. Later that year Art Rupe signed them to Specialty Records just after they got a new baritone, Jesse Whitaker. Rupe created one of the first companies to nurture African-American gospel music. Originally, the Pilgrim Travelers were recorded a cappella.

Eventually, the floor was miked to pick up their percussive foot tapping which was marketed as walking rhythm spirituals. The group enjoyed immense popularity as a result. Between 1947 and 1956, the Pilgrim Travelers recorded over a hundred sides on Specialty. During their reign, they influenced such singers as Ray Charles, Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke. Though the members of the group have faded from memory, their musical legacy will live on.


Pittsburghers

Tommy Palamone had been in quartets and trios throughout the 1930s and '40s. One evening in 1946, he threw together a quartet and went to a meeting of the Society's Pittsburgh Chapter. The foursome-Harry Conte on tenor, Tommy at lead, his cousin Fred as bari, and "Turp" Marcanello at bass-caught the attention of Pittsburgh's premiere barbershopper, Molly Reagan. Reagan decided to coach the group, dubbed the Allen Club Four. The group dubbed the Allen Club Four. The group went to the Society's 1946 convention, where it placed a respectable sixth, but soon afterwards, "Turp" left to sing with a band and was replaced by Bill Conway on bass. Then cousin Fred left the group, and they had to find a new baritone. But the new guy backed out of a New Years' engagement at the last minute. Desperate for yet another bari, they called Jiggs Ward. Did he have a tux ... and a maroon tie?


Platinum

Platinum is a barbershop quartet, created in 1998 and the 2000 SPEBSQSA international quartet champions. They are famous for their long posts (held notes at the end of songs), particularly in their adaptation of the song Be Our Guest and in Clay Hine's arrangement of Auld Lang Syne, which is on Platinum's CD of the same name.

Connelly and DeRosa were also members of the 1992 international champion quartet Keepsake. Connelly won another championship in 1987 with the quartet Interstate Rivals. DeRosa and Lewis are the lead and baritone of the 2007 Champions, MaxQ. Kevin Miles has been a member of The Dapper Dans of Harmony and has served as the Voice of Epcot Center, both at Walt Disney World.


Platters

One of the leading R&B vocal groups of the 50s, they were the first black group to be accepted as a major chart act and, for a short time, were the most successful vocal group in the world. The Platters were formed in Los Angeles in 1953 by entrepreneur/songwriter Buck Ram (21 November 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 1 January 1991). Through his ownership of the Platters' name, Ram was able to control the group throughout their career, and his talent for composing and arranging enabled the Platters to make a lasting impression upon popular music. Their original line-up, Tony Williams (b. 5 April 1928, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, d. 14 August 1992, New York, USA; lead tenor), David Lynch (b. 1929, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 2 January 1981; tenor), Alex Hodge (baritone) and Herb Reed (b. 1931, Kansas City, Missouri, USA; bass), recorded unsuccessfully in 1954, precipitating the arrival of two new members, Paul Robi (b. 1931, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 2 January 1989), who replaced Hodge, and Zola Taylor (b. 18 March 1934, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 30 April 2007, Riverside, California, USA; contralto). Signed to Mercury Records, the Platters secured their first hit in 1955 when 'Only You' reached the US Top 5, an effortlessly light performance that set the pattern for subsequent releases, including 'The Great Pretender', 'My Prayer' and 'Twilight Time', each of which reached number 1 in the US charts. 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' (previously a hit for Paul Whiteman in 1934), which was an international number 1 hit single in 1958-59, highlighted their smooth delivery and arguably remains the group's best-loved release.


Pomerium

Pomerium was founded by Alexander Blachly in New York in 1972 to perform music composed for the famous chapel choirs of the Renaissance. (The name-medieval Latin for "garden" or "orchard"-derives from the title of a treatise by the 14th-century music theorist Marchettus of Padua, who explained that his Pomerium in arte musice mensurate contains the "flowers and fruits" of the art of music.)

Widely known for its interpretations of Du Fay, Ockeghem, Busnoys, Josquin, Lassus, and Palestrina, the 14-voice a cappella ensemble has performed for numerous international festivals, including the Festival di Musica Sacra Bressanone e Bolzano (Brixner Initiative), the Tage Alter Musik festival in Regensburg, Germany, the Flanders Festival Antwerp, and the Holland Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. In fall 1998 Pomerium performed in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan.


Portland Symphonic Girlchoir

In 1989, thirty-nine singers attended the first rehearsal of the Girlchoir. As we enter our 20th Season, 130 singers experience the challenge of mastering complex and exciting music; make lifelong friends in a unique musical community; work with world-class choirs, composers, and conductors; and perform beautifully. Singers in five progressive ensembles, ranging in age from 6 to 18, travel from throughout the metro-Portland and SW Washington areas to participate in Girlchoir's comprehensive choral music program.


Power Play

Power Play was formed in 1988, and won the Pioneer (Michigan) District quartet championship in the fall of 1989. They've competed in international competition 12 times, most recently in Toronto where they earned international gold medals. Nothing can compare with the Power of family. This group consists of a father, his two sons, and his nephew. Jack Slamka, the father, sings bass and is a 30-year member of the Society. He lives in Riley Twp., MI with his wife, Kitty. Michael, his son, sings lead and is a 20-year member of the Society. He lives in St.Clair, MI with his wife, Traci, and their three daughters Michaela, Mackenzi , and Madison. Don, the nephew, sings tenor and is a 17-year member of the Society. He lives in Saline, MI with his wife, Staci and their daughter Holli. Mark, the other son, sings baritone and is a 15-year member of the Society. He lives in St. Clair Shores, MI with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Dylan. This quartet proves that the family that Plays together stays together.


Praise-apella

Praise-Apella is committed to using their vocal giftings "for the praise of God's glory".

Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, the founder and bass vocalist of the group, Ryan Fischer, is joined by fellow vocalists Jen Howser, Lawerence Williams, Dean Stamatis and, vocal percussionist, Ron Smith. They are currently touring with their new CD, Love God,

Having opened for and performed with contemporary Christian recording artists s Michael W. Smith, AVALON, Natalie Grant, Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath, Nicole C. Mullen, Switchfoot, David Crowder Band, Leeland, Matthew West, Point of Grace, The Katinas, Superchic(k), Tammy Trent, Zoe Girl, George Rowe and John Ruben. Praise-Apella is frequently heard on Cleveland's largest Contemporary Christian Radio station 95.5 The Fish.

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