Local a capella singing group turns to the public to join the chorus

Whether someone wants to audition for The Voice or they’re content to serenade the shampoo bottles in the shower, there’s a singer in just about everyone--whether they admit to it or not.

That's certainly the belief of the MountainTown Singers, an a capella singing group that has performed at a host of international singing competitions since their founding in 2004. While not everyone is expected to try out for a group of judges, that’s no reason why they can’t sing for the sake of singing.

The MountainTown Singers have put out a call to the community to join the MountainTown Family Chorus.

"Singing with other people is an incredible experience," says Joe McDonald, president of the Mount Pleasant chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and bass in MountainTown Singers.

"MountainTown Family Chorus gives area residents the opportunity to come together and make great memories."

The Family Chorus is a co-ed community singing group available to everyone ten years old and older. It’s not a competition, as singing experience and the ability to read music are not required.

There are four Family Chorus seasons throughout the year, and singers can join one or all four. With each season there is a seven week-long rehearsal each Thursday, culminating with a two-song performance at the season-ending concert.

The first season opens with rehearsals beginning Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Flextech High in Shepherd. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 19.

Additional seasons begin May 21, Sept. 24, and Nov. 4.

"A wife and husband said this is a perfect way to enjoy something they haven’t done since high school," McDonald says.

"Another chorus member said he and his sister sing in choirs at different churches but had never sung together. The family chorus brings them together."

Visit the MountainTown Singers online for information about registration.

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