The Hunterdon Harmonizers participated in a regional choral competition in Allentown Pa. on April 27 and garnered two significant honors: the “most improved chorus” award, and a ticket to the District Championship Competition in Reading, to be held in October. Our District, the Mid-Atlantic, comprises choruses based in Southern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and all of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. This is a huge area, and our contest scores will put the Harmonizers in a strong position coming into this competition.
For this regional competition (division contest), we were joined by members of the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers, and held several joint rehearsals to hone our performance, which was presented with “Old London” costuming and props, similar to the Broadway Play,” Oliver.” The first of our songs, “Consider Yourself at Home” was adapted from that play, as we welcomed our youngest member, Marcus Hunter, into our shabby but loving midst. Our second song, “Love at Home” cemented the feeling, and the audience reaction was wonderful. We are looking forward to the next level of competition and a new and even larger audience.
Immediately after the competition, the Harmonizers started their expanded “Ready-Set-Sing” program, which offers free singing lessons to the general public, both men and women. The initial response has been awesome, with over 20 guests the first two weeks, evenly divided between men and women. Graduation ceremonies for the “Class of 2019” are being planned for June 4 at Stangl Stage. The Harmonizers are extremely grateful to the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Hunterdon County Freeholders for their support in staging this community program. For more information on the Hunterdon Harmonizers, go to our website at www.njharmonizers.org