One Minute With: After Hours

With humble beginnings in college, over a decade of dedication (and many more years in barbershop and music!), and a couple membership changes, After Hours reached the pinnacle of barbershop in Orlando last summer: they became the 2018 International Quartet Champions. They not only won, they earned the highest score in Society history.

This honor comes with far more than a set of gold medals and a trophy. Tim Beutel, Dan Wessler, Drew Ochoa, and Bryan Ziegler now find their place among the greats, honored with a permanent place in Harmony Hall. Their talent will be heard around the globe in coming years, but we got to catch up with them backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during #BHSOpry.

Here is One Minute With: After Hours –

One Minute With: St. Croix Crossing

The last day of #BHSOpry was spent in contest with the world’s best senior quartets before the Midwinter Convention closed with a blockbuster Saturday Night Show.

Before DoubleDouble was named the new Senior Quartet International Champions, we heard a swan song from the 2018 Senior Quartet International Champions: St. Croix Crossing. This foursome out of Wisconsin and Minnesota and comes with talent, personality, and a lot of charm.

Here is One Minute With: St. Croix Crossing –

After Hours Visits Harmony Hall

A visit to Harmony Hall is high on anyone’s barbershop bucket list, but when you are the newly instated International Quartet Champions it holds an even more special significance.

During #BHSOpry, After Hours got a special tour and got to see their physical mark on barbershop history. Here’s a little inside peek at their visit, with footage courtesy of Bryan Lynch, BHS Public Relations/Brand Manager.

Intergenerational Showcase at the Grand Ole Opry

Day 2 at #BHSOpry in Nashville was dedicated to the youngest and oldest members of the barbershop community with the day-long Junior and Senior Chorus Invitationals.

23 choruses with singers ranging in age from 9 to 94 crossed the hallowed stage at the Grand Ole Opry, treating the audience to three songs each. The shine of the costumes were only outdone by the smiles of the performers, with eight choruses earning the top rating of Superior including:

A CAPPELLA! (James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring, MD)
Chandler High School Treblemakers (Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ)
Harmony Explosion Chorus (Columbus High School, Columbus, NE)
Hurricane of Harmony (Gaither High School, Tampa, FL)
Provo High School Combined Choirs (Provo High School, Provo, UT)
Rowdy Rhythm (Peters Township High School, McMurray, PA)
Dixie District Seniors Chorus (Dixie District)
Carolina Statesmen (Carolinas District)

Hurricane of Harmony directed by Debbie Cleveland earned the Plateau AAA Award, A CAPPELLA! directed by Sandra Zinkievich the Plateau AA Award, and Upbeat! from Lopez Early College High School in Brownsville, TX earned the Plateau A Award. Hurricane of Harmony also won the Audience Favorite Award, meaning we’ll get to see a reprise of their set during the Saturday Night Show.

The special Presenter’s Award was given to the Wildcat Chord Ringers, a group of nine elementary and middle school students from Quinton Township School in New Jersey. The youngest performers of the day not only pulled off some great chords, but also several wardrobe changes and full theatrics that kept the audience laughing.

The day also included honoring NAfME Music Educator of the Year Lori Lyford who led both her women’s chorus, Chandler High School Treblemakers and the Chandler High School Men’s Choir onto the Opry Stage.

In a field of accomplished singers and longtime members, the Dixie District Seniors Chorus was named the International Seniors Chorus Festival Champion. They are led by director Jimmy Tompkins.

A Win For Youth and Heritage at #BHSOpry

The first day of contest and shows at the 2019 BHS Midwinter Convention was especially significant. It started with the first-ever Next Generation Junior Quartet Contest and ended with a barn-burning Heritage of Harmony Show on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

The significance of both events is the demonstration of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s ongoing mission of “Everyone in Harmony” with a focus on youth and the roots of barbershop in African-American music tradition.

15 young quartets, all singers under the age of 18, took the stage in front of a rowdy crowd in the ballroom at Opryland. There were both men’s and women’s quartets and one mixed quartet. While most of the singers were in high school, Elementary Mix from Quinton, NJ – a quartet of elementary school students – charmed the crowd with their rendition of “The Chordbusters March.”

At the end of the contest, the Quin-Tones, a men’s quartet from Salem, NJ, took home the gold medals with a score of 219 points, edging out both 2nd and 3rd by just one point. Singing “My Ideal,” these young gentlemen demonstrated musicality and personality far beyond their years.

Tying for 2nd and 3rd were Singing Double, a quartet of two sets of twins from Tampa, FL, and Vintage Mix, seasoned barbershopping quadruplets from Milwaukee, WI.

Singing Double
Singing Double; Photo: Rick Krebsbach
Vintage Mix
Vintage Mix; Photo: Rick Krebsbach

 

See the full results.

The excitement carried right across the street to the iconic Grand Ole Opry for the Heritage of Harmony Show, featuring The Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Fairfield Four, HALO, Crossroads, Signature, After Hours, and a cameo from Throwback.

The evening was a true celebration of barbershop not only coming to terms with a segregated past, but celebrating a new path forward where diversity and inclusion is paramount.

HALO and The Fairfield Four
HALO and The Fairfield Four at Grand Ole Opry

Merry Christmas from Acaville!

We hope all of our listeners are enjoying the ’round the clock holiday music on the station. In case you need just a little more, here are a few new holiday releases to enjoy.

PLUS – tune in at 3 pm EST/12 pm PST on Christmas Day to hear the Alexandria Harmonizers’ Holiday Show – The Secret of Christmas. The concert will also air on Friday Night Live at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST on December 28th to close out our 2018 Holiday season.

The Swingles – This Christmas

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Voctave – O Holy Night

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VOCES8 – Lully, Lulla, Lullay

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DCappella – All I Want for Christmas is You

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BeatVox – All I Want for Xmas

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Pitch Slapped – Intro (Christmas & Chill)

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Bluebird – Winter Wonderland

Bluebird - Winter Wonderland

Pop-Up – Carol of the Bells

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Legacy – Have Yourself A Merry Christmas

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The AcaLumni Project (featuring Jamie Howe of KeyStone) – Little Saint Nick

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Shawn Thomas – Last Christmas

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And finally, the head on over to Facebook to see the latest release from OneVoice (Briarcrest School) – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

 

New Tunesday – November 27, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

FACE

Filmed in Sweden, the video release of the holiday classic, “O Holy Night” from hometown favorites of Boulder, Colorado hit a million views within just 7 hours of posting today.

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Main Street featuring Debbie Cleveland

The outgoing BHS quartet champions teamed up with Queen of Harmony and Webcast hostess Debbie Cleveland for a special edition of Wake Up, Jake at the 2018 AIC Show in Orlando.

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A Cappella Academy – Ølamundo

Called one of the most profound performances in the history of Academy by founder Ben Bram, this group, comprised of students from some of the many cultures and traditions represented at A Cappella Academy sang “I Saw Light” under the direction of Erin Bentlage.

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Muzaria

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Muzaria released an a cappella arrangement of the John Williams piece from Schindler’s List.

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Shir Soul

In celebration of the fast approaching Hanukkah holiday, Shir Soul of NYC presents a parody of the well-loved song “Africa.”

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Smooth Edge 2

The CAL representatives of Fort Wayne, Indiana released a smashing cover of a cappella alumna Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity.”

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New Tunesday – October 23, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week – and there are a lot of them:

Pentatonix

Along with the announcement of their newest Holiday album (coming October 26th!), Pentatonix released their Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired video for “Making Christmas.” Tickets for their “Christmas is Here!” Tour are on sale now – shows kick off in Texas on November 25.

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Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition

Catch up on (or relive!) a stellar week of barbershop from St. Louis. All of the performances are now available on YouTube.

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Voctave

BHS continues to release videos from their 2018 International, including Voctave’s ultimate battle of the sexes with “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun.

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AIC Chorus

One of the most anticipated events of the year – the Association of International Champions comes together during International to feature past quartet winners. It’s quite magical when they all sing together, like they did for this “Dig A Little Deeper” medley.

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Vocal Spectrum

The 2006 Quartet Champions have STILL got it. Here’s a signature performance of “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket” during their guest performance at the 2018 Central States District Convention.

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Ndlovu Youth Choir and Wouter Kellerman

Ed Sheeran sung by a South African youth choir with a flute player mixed and mastered by Bill Hare? It’s every bit as awesome as you think it should be. So much so, we’re including it here, even with the flute!

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Rockapella

Just a head of the release of Jams Vol. 2, we’re treated with a preview of “Lady Mine (Bach vs. Beethoven)” which incorporates the classics in a way that only Rockapella can.

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DCappella

It was another big week for DCappella – US tour dates were announced AND they dropped another video – this time for their all vocal version of “Glory Days” from Incredibles 2.

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קוינטה וחצי Quinta and a Half

Leading the way for a cappella in Israel, Quinta and a Half released a dramatic video for their cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”

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NoVI

The 2017 AcaOpen Finalists out of the UK just dropped a live looping cover of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

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The Bristol Suspensions

A little live video release from one of the top collegiate groups in the UK, we enjoyed this cover of Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande’s “Faith.”

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The Eight Tracks

Challenging themselves to create something fun in under an hour, this Boston CAL group channeled OKGo for this quick mashup of Nick Jonas and Taylor Swift. See them LIVE with Fermata Town at Spire Center for the Performing Arts on November 30!

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And no videos (yet!), but you should also check out the latest from:

Birdland Avenue – Rabbit Hole
Unaccompanied – PINETONESBir
Sonata Problem A Cappella – Exposition