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Auditions to be held Tuesday at Valencia Library

Posted: May 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 12, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Men of Harmony rehearse in Newhall.

 

The Santa Clarita Men of Harmony Chorus will be searching for a few good men to join its ranks when it hosts auditions at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Valencia Library in the Civic Center.

"This is a very enthusiastic, dedicated group of people," said Keith A. Oberg, president of the Santa Clarita Men of Harmony Chorus. "We have fun and we laugh a lot."

The Men of Harmony acappella chorus is celebrating its 40th year of service in the SCV.

In addition to its annual Sweetheart Serenades Valentine’s fundraiser, the Men offer performances of its chorus at a variety of venues.

"The Men of Harmony is as much about fellowship and having a good time as it is about singing good music," Oberg said.

Oberg is currently the president and the director of Men of Harmony.

"I do the snacks, too," he said.

Oberg joined Men of Harmony five years ago after his wife found a notice about the group and encouraged Oberg to attend a rehearsal.

"I’ve been a singer my entire life and I had been looking for a place to sing," he said.

Oberg said he enjoys the Men of Harmony because "this is a wonderful group of people and we cheer a lot of folks up," he said.

The Men of Harmony routinely perform at retirement communities.

"It is extremely rewarding to see people in the audience react when we do music that they love," Oberg said. "They sing along. We bring some sunshine into the buildings we go into."

Oberg said the only requirement for the audition is to be able to carry a tune.

The Men of Harmony specializes in four-part men’s music. It is part of the national Barbershop Harmony Society.

The four parts include a lead singer (second tenor), a baritone, a bass and a tenor (first tenor).

Their repertoire of songs includes music written about 1900 through the 1960s.

Ted Rafalovich, a supporter of the group, said he is amazed at the group’s deep repertoire.

"I’ve attended rehearsals for the last several months and I hear a new song — or two — every time I go," he said. "It’s amazing to me the effort they put forth."

Rafalovich said the group, which numbers approximately 16 at present, is a varied group, bound together by one thing, "they love to sing."

Oberg said the repertoire includes many love songs and many "fun" songs.

"The amount of variety in the music is huge," he said. "We do lots of different styles."

Oberg said he hopes the group can grow into a chorus of 20-some voices.

"We’d like to grow," said Oberg. "We’re looking to find as many as 10 additional people."

Oberg said adding more people will allow the group to do more and different performances.

In addition, the group is looking for more tenors.

Oberg said the audition will be much like a regular meeting.

"We want people to know what our reherasals are like so they know what we have to offer," he said. "We’ll start with a warm up and then we’ll learn a new song, the whole chorus will learn the song together."

Oberg said audition attendees can join in and will be given the music, or words to the song — "My Wild Irish Rose."

He hopes to see a good turnout at the audition.

"I had known about the Men of Harmony for a long time before I went," he said. "After that I couldn’t believe that I had waited so long because it is so much fun and so rewarding."

The Santa Clarita Men of Harmony Chorus will host auditions 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 in the multi-purpose room at the Valencia Public Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Come prepared to sing a simple song, acapella. For more information visit www.scmenofharmony.com or call 661-478-2613.

mbuttelman@signalscv.com

661-287-5590

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