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Syracuse Area Youth A cappella Festival (SAYacaFest) - Saturday, February 8, 2020

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 sixth-annual Youth A cappella Chorus Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2020! 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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Our 2019 clinicians included (stay tuned for details about this year’s clinicians!):

Amy Patterson (Assistant Director - A cappella Showcase - 3rd Place Medalist Chorus, Harmony, Inc.)

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Amy Patterson is an experienced barbershopper, having sung in competitive quartets and choruses for more than ten years. She has a rich quartet history, with two area championships in Harmony Incorporated, singing Bass with JAKS! and Quartic quartets, and a top ten finish at the international level with JAKS!. 

Amy is the Assistant Director of A Cappella Showcase, currently Harmony Inc's 3rd place international medalist chorus. In September 2018, she served on the faculty at Harmony College West (Ontario District, BHS), and recently returned from her second Category Training School, pursuing her goal to become a certified Singing Category Judge.

Amy has a passion to share her love of singing with others, frequently coaching choruses and quartets in Southern Ontario. In addition to the wonderful hobby of barbershop, Amy is a full-time elementary French Teacher, and lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and two children.

Our Teaching Quartets:

          Soundbyte (SAI Region 16 Champions)                         

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The members of SoundByte quartet are 5 time regional medalists. They are excited to be this years Sweet Adeline Region 16 Quartet Champions.  They have had the privilege of competing on the international stage in Sweet Adelines International 2018 Convention in St Louis, MI. In their other lives Denise is a music and art teacher, Maria a nurse manager, Alicia a music teacher & assistant director of Spirit of Syracuse chorus and Rhonda is a Life Coach and a SAI Director of Image City Sound in Rochester. They enjoy taking every opportunity to sing and share their love of music & harmony.

All In (BHS Seneca Land District International Representatives)

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All In is an award-winning a cappella quartet singing primarily in the Barbershop style. Competing in the Seneca Land District (SLD) of the Barbershop Harmony Society, All In formed in July 2014 and quickly won the Seneca Land Novice contest that fall. They added new hardware to their trophy case by taking home the SLD Championship in the fall of 2017 and served as the 2018 SLD representative to the International Convention and Contest in Orlando, FL.

Tenor Evan Brooksby started singing barbershop in 2002 after a chance encounter with another quartet, where he caught the chord ringing bug.  He sang in the Northeastern District for several years with the Electric City Chorus and his first quartet Power Surge which won the novice championship their first year together.  In 2010 he sang tenor with the quartet Bravo! representing the Seneca Land District on the International stage twice.

Lead Brian Sagrestano has been singing and performing since his pre-school days. He sang in his first barbershop quartet in high school, then went on to sing with Cornell University’s original co-ed a cappella group, the Class Notes. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, singing lead with several internationally-ranked choruses, including Harmonic Collective, Upstate Harmonizers, Brothers in Harmony and Hunterdon Harmonizers. Prior to All In, he sang lead in Charisma and New York Central quartets. All In represents Brian’s first foray into competitive quartet singing.

Baritone Don Drake has a long history of singing in both the barbershop and other styles. He sang in his very first barbershop quartet in his high school’s production of the Music Man. In the years following, he served as the lead with several additional quartets, including Musical Reunion, American Classic, Just Once, Classic Choice and Full Circle. Two of Don’s past quartets, Harmonix and Bravo! have competed at the International Convention and Contest. He also sings with the Oneida Area Civic Chorale.

Bass Joel Barnett has been singing as long as he can remember. Trained in voice at SUNY Geneseo, he sang with a cappella group Southside Boys. He earned a master’s degree in Music Education at SUNY Potsdam where he sang with the all-male a cappella group the Potsdam Pointercounts. After college Joel taught music for four years in Saratoga Springs and Syracuse. In addition to singing with All In, he serves as a cantor at both the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the St. David’s Church in Syracuse.

All four members of All In have been active members of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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