Acappellooza Fall is a two-day field trip for high-schoolers from all over Missouri and the Metro-East. Dr. Jim Henry and the Ambassadors of Harmony In partnership with the Touhill Performing Arts Center have been putting this together for 15 years, and it is hosted at the University of Missouri St. Louis, with lots of help from the University Singers. Today was the boys session, and tomorrow is for the girls.
The first thing this morning, over 550 boys gathered together and Dr. Henry ran through the songs with them. This year, the boys sang 'Seize the Day' and 'Silhouettes'. The girls will be singing 'Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet' and 'Yesterday'.
After running through the songs with some help from the University Singers, the boys broke off into either lunch or sectionals with excellent coaches. This year the boys were led by Tim Waurick, David Wright, Michael Wegener, and Jason Martin.
The kids can't resist an unoccupied piano after lunch, and when over 500 singers are in close proximity, of course an impromptu song is sung! (The exuberance is just great, even if it's a song that wasn't on the agenda and isn't too polished).
Then the singers gathered again under the skillful hand of Dr. Henry and sang their songs and enjoyed a show featuring Vocal Spectrum, UMSL University Singers, and the Ambassadors of Harmony!
Now that's a day well-spent!
Text & photos by David Revelle