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June 10, 2011

Calling local Gleeks: BSO to hold competition for a cappella ensembles

If, like those so-uncool-they're-cool kids on "Glee," you just can't help breaking into nicely harmonized song, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra wants to give you a chance to perform at Meyheroff Symphony.

So, OK, the winner of the BSO's "Orchapella" competition (yeah, go ahead and groan) only gets to do warm-up for the big attraction on July 7, Rockapella. But, hey, it's a foot in the door.

Here's the deal:

If you're a local a cappella ensemble -- defined as 2 to 10 members; all ages -- just ...

fill out the online registration form and include a link to a YouTube video of the group performing a song of your choosing. The registration deadline is June 21.

Three semi-finalists selected by the BSO will have their videos posted on the orchestra's Facebook site on June 28 at 10:00 a.m. People can then vote for their favorite; voting will close on July 5.

The winning ensemble will get to be the opener for the July 7 concert by Rockapella, the group that was founded nearly 25 years ago in New York and became a mainstay of the PBS "Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?”

PHOTO (by Rachel Rodriguez, SuperSixOne Media) COURTESY OF ROCKAPELLA.COM 

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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