We had SO MUCH fun with Rob Mance this week! He spent time with the chorus, with quartets, and with individuals, helping us find ways to sing better and more efficiently. We all came away with practical advice for ways we can improve. Also, we laughed -- who knew you could have quite so much fun learning? 

Here's bass Steve stabilizing his vocal instrument with the floor:

Here's our awesome lineup of basses, going through Rob's placement analysis:

After two years with no in-person element, the Folklife Festival was back this year, and not even a late-May rainstorm could keep the SeaChordsmen from singing! We were happy to be back to teach tags, perform a few songs, and sing through Heart of My Heart with the participant-audience. One tag we taught was Cry; here are a few audience members who came up to sing it:

The Four Ever Young quartet was happy to be asked to perform in honor of Kim Turner at a meeting of the Queen Anne Historical Society, when Kim received an honor for his decades of service. The quartet performance was a surprise, and the audience got a chance to hear the quartet, and a quintet, as Kim couldn't help but join in the singing. Here they all are singing Goodbye My Coney Island Baby:

Congratulations to Kim on the well-deserved honor!

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Last week, the SeaChordsmen were incredibly lucky to have Rob Mance join us for some vocal coaching. Rob is highly sought after in the barbershop world because of two things: his skill in finding low-hanging fruit for each chorus member to work towards becoming the best singer they can possibly be, and his warmth and kindness in doing so. We were spellbound as Rob talked about a variety of challenges singers face -- breath support, alignment, vibrato, etc. It was a clinic in how to help singers learn and enjoy themselves doing it. We got so much out of the evening that we're planning to have Rob back soon. If you've ever thought about joining us for a rehearsal, now's the time! Then, a couple of months down the road, you, too, can reap the rewards of Rob's incredible coaching.


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