Summit may sing a new tune
SILVERTHORNE – You might think of barbershop quartets as a men’s club, but a group of women aim to change that.Corinne Bair is holding the first organizational meeting for a women’s barbershop chorus at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Silverthorne. She needs at least 15 women to form a chapter of Sweet Adeline’s International, a worldwide organization of more than 600 women’s choruses.”What has inspired me is just my love of the art form of barbershop harmony,” Bair said. “The harmony produces a fifth chord; it’s not sung, but it’s heard, and it’s magical.”Bair has sung in church groups and with the Summit Choral Society for about 20 years, and she was the only woman in a seven-member barbershop chorus called the Heart of the Rockies in Summit County about 10 years ago. The barbershop chorus sang strong for about three to four years, then dissolved when the director moved, Bair said.This incarnation of a barbershop chorus also would need a director. She hopes to schedule weekly practices on Tuesdays, so the group can drive to chapters in Denver or Wheat Ridge to sing, listen in or otherwise work with other women occasionally. If the group becomes a charter member of Sweet Adeline’s, it will be required to compete, Bair said.”As far as competition, it just depends on how fast we gain momentum and how well we sing,” said Rosa Lawton, who plans to be in the barbershop chorus. “It’s for enjoyment, but it’s also for excellence.” Bair and Lawton invite all singers to join, even if they don’t know how to read music.”Everyone should come,” Lawton said. “They don’t know how much fun part singing can be, and barbershop singing can be the ultimate in singing fun.””It’s a kind of group that could flourish up here in the county because the talent is so rich,” Bair said. “There’s a lot of musical talent in the churches, the Summit Choral Society and community theater. (My vision) is to see a lot of women empowering themselves to sing unabashedly and free. It’s for women of all ages to come together and sing harmony and experiment with their vocal qualities.”Interested singers can call Bair at (970) 262-9273 or show up at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1111 Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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