Six Appeal featured in BSC vocal concert Saturday at the Belle
Posted on 4/18/2012
Bismarck State College hosts its first Sing Appeal men's vocal festival for area high schools Friday and Saturday (April 20-21) along with a performance by Six Appeal, a men's a cappella vocal band from Minneapolis.
The event with all-male singers begins with an all-day vocal clinic Friday and concludes Saturday with a concert at 2 p.m. in Belle Mehus Auditorium. A public reception follows the concert at Bismarck State College in the Student Union Missouri Room.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Eckroth Music or at the door. General admission is $5.
Six Appeal and the BSC Men's Ensemble will work with high school students from Mandan High School and Standing Rock High School, who were selected by their choral directors. They will also receive coaching from Dawn Hagerott, BSC assistant professor of music, Men's Ensemble director, and festival organizer.
"Through the use of contemporary literature, they will reach these young men in the style of music which is popular and familiar to them, " Hagerott said. "It is like meeting them on their own turf."
She said the literature will not be easy and will challenge high school students to develop tight harmonic a cappella singing in four- to eight-part harmonies.
Six Appeal repertoire spans decades of music. The six vocal specialists blend effortlessly between pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, timeless classics, traditional a cappella music, and catchy original tunes. Their featured performance includes some numbers with students, who will join Six Appeal in "Brown-eyed Girl," "Low Rider," "Harder to Breathe," and "500 Miles."
Together since 2006, Six Appeal includes Bismarck natives Jordan Roll, Matt Beachey and Reuben Hushagen, who met while performing with Central Dakota Children's Choir. They and the other three Six Appeal members live and work in Minneapolis. Hushagen is a 2009 BSC graduate and earned the outstanding vocal music and outstanding theater student awards. The group became established while members were attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. By senior year, they were touring the Midwest, performing and giving clinics for high schools, and now tour the country.
On March 10, Six Appeal won the Pacific Northwest region's Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival and advanced to the finals, which will be held May 12 in San Rafael, Calif. The eight-region festival is the premier showcase for vocal harmony music in the country. Six Appeal also won the Audience Favorite award, best original arrangement and best original song categories.
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