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Syracuse Area Youth A cappella Festival (SAYacaFest) - Saturday, February 9, 2019

Liverpool High School - 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool, NY 13090

Lakeside A cappella Camp sponsors, the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus, in conjunction with the Liverpool Central School District Fine Arts Department, Harmony, Inc., and the Barbershop Harmony Society, will be hosting their fifth-annual Youth A cappella Chorus Festival on Saturday, February 9, 2019! This event is open to all youth singers in upper elementary, middle school, high school, college, and beyond (up to age 25), as well as music educators. Participants will spend the day sharing the best of a cappella music, learning more about barbershop harmony, and finally performing an evening concert that will feature the SOS, girls' and guys' youth choruses, a combined youth chorus, and some very special guests from our local schools and colleges.

Our format for the day will be similar to an honor choir or all-county experience for singers and educators. Sheet music and part-predominant learning media for two songs will be sent to participants (one for male singers, one for female singers, and one for both) that singers will be asked to have prepared and memorized when they come to the festival on February 9th. During the day singers will work in gender-specific choruses, as well as a combined chorus, to prepare these two pieces for public performance that evening.

Individual Registration is now OPEN (see below)!  Interested in registering your ensemble to participate as a featured performer?  Contact Festival Coordinator, Sky Harris, for more information (

Here’s a tentative outline of the day’s activities:

10:00am Check-in and Welcome
10:30am Rehearsal Session #1
11:30am Barbershop “Tag” Time
12:00pm Sectional Rehearsals/Rehearsal Session #2
12:30pm Break for Lunch
1:15pm Combined Chorus Rehearsal Session #1
2:15pm Barbershop Info Session
3:00pm Rehearsal Session #3
4:00pm Combined Chorus Rehearsal Session #2
5:00pm Barbershop "Tag" Time
5:15pm Break for Dinner
6:00pm Dress Rehearsal
7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Concert

Participants must register ahead of time in order to receive music and learning tracks, as well as reserve their place in the festival. There is NO COST to participants in this event.  All your sheet music and learning tracks will be provided for you - all you have to do is learn them and come ready to work!  Optional costs are the purchase of lunch and/or dinner at the event (or you can bring your own "brown bag" meals) and a $5.00 donation at the door for all non-participant concert attendees. 

A special offer for all Registered Girl Scouts - there is a brand new Activity Patch called the Young Women In Harmony Activity Badge that can be earned by participating in this event.  If you are a member of GSUSA, please let us know on the form below and we'll present you with your Badge at the end of the event!

How do I pick a voice part?  Am I a Tenor, Lead, Baritone, or Bass?

In barbershop, the names for the voice parts are slightly different than typical choral or contemporary a cappella music.  The lead sings the melody and is usually the second highest part (kind of like alto/soprano 2 or tenor 2).  The bass covers the bass line of the song and is usually the lowest voice part (kind of like alto 2 or bass).  The tenor sings the highest harmony part, usually above the lead (kind of like soprano 1 or tenor 1).  And the baritone sings the middle harmony part in basically the same range as the lead (kind of like alto 1/soprano 2 or baritone).  Barbershop tenors are characterized by a light, pure sound, great ears for tuning, and you only need a couple to make the sound really great!  Barbershop leads are characterized by their dominant, present voice and physical "leading" of the group through their visual performance.  Barbershop baritones are characterized by an awesome ear for harmony, flexible vocal skills, and chameleon-like ability to match other voices.  Barbershop basses are the foundation of the sound and need to be comfortable and very present in their low to mid range, as well as a dominant visual force with the leads.  Pick the part that fits your personality, vocal and musicianship skills, and range... to get the right mix in barbershop we always need lots of leads and basses, a strong group of baritones, and just a few tenors to add the icing on the cake!  If you aren't sure, email us ( and we'll help you figure it out!



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Stay tuned for details about our 2019 clinicians! Our 2018 clinicians were:

Marshall Kelkenberg (Musical Director - East Aurora Friends of Harmony - BHS Seneca Land District)


Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Marshall Kelkenberg is a graduate from SUNY at Fredonia School of Music. There,  he studied Music Education and vocal music with Lynne McMurtry and had the great honor of being the musical director of the school's show choir, VocalPoint and the teaching assistant for the University Choir under the direction of Dr. Barbara Brinson. Marshall is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. He has also had the privilege of singing under many wonderful conductors such as Dr. Hugh Floyd, Dr. Daniel Bara and Darmon Meader. Currently, Marshall serves as the musical director of the Earth Aurora Friends of Harmony chapter and is incredibly excited to be able to work with youth looking to learn about barbershop and a cappella singing. Outside the chorus, Marshall is part of a mixed quintet called Nicki, Vicki and the M&Ms and the competing quartet, Gamma Quandrant, where he sings lead. 


Jenn Hunter (Musical Director - Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus - SAI Region 15)

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Jenn Hunter is co-founder and Musical Director of Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus in Saratoga Springs, NY, having served over the years in the capacity as team leader, choreographer, baritone section leader and assistant director. Jenn also has a rich quartet history with six regional championships singing baritone in Sweet Adeines International Region 16 and Region 15 in All The Rage, Tetra and One Track Mind Quartets. In fall 2017, Jenn was the guest director at a youth barbershop day in Stillwater, NY featuring Voce Quartet. Jenn currently serves as the Communication Coordinator for Greater NY/NJ Region #15 and is also a member of the Region 15 Faculty. Jenn lives in Saratoga with her husband and two children.


Our Teaching Quartets:

          Moonstruck (Saratoga Soundtrack Chapter - SAI Region 15)                           Children of the Chord Quartet (Liverpool, NY Chapter - BHS SLD)

For more information, please contact Festival Coordinator, Sky Harris (