Free singing lessons for fe­males

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CENTREVILLE — If you like to sing in the shower or the car, or have sung in a school cho­rus, or a church choir, Har­mony on the Bay is ready to teach how your love for singing can be im­proved.

Har­mony on the Bay is a fe­male a cap­pella cho­rus, char­tered by Sweet Ade­lines In­ter­na­tional. The cho­rus re­hearses on Tues­days at 7 p.m. at the Amer­i­can Le­gion in Centreville and wel­comes women to come and check them out.

“Give us one hour for six Tues­day evenings,” said Tracy Franz, the group’s team leader, “and we will give you the skills you need to ex­pe­ri­ence all the fun of solo or group singing.”

The course, “Ready, Set, Sing,” is taught by Roni Gapetz, mu­sic di­rec­tor for Har­mony on the Bay. Gapetz has over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a mu­sic di­rec­tor and states that “de­vel­op­ing har­mo­nious chords that can be en­joyed by singers and lis­ten­ers has al­ways been my great­est joy.”

Be­gin­ning and ex­pe­ri­enced singers are wel­come, and all learn­ing ma­te­ri­als are free.

The next series of free “Read, Set, Sing” classes will take place on Tues­day evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. start­ing Sept. 12 and fin­ish­ing on Oct. 17. The classes will meet at the Amer­i­can Le­gion at 2619 Centreville Road in Centreville.

“You don’t even need to be able to read mu­sic. We’ll teach you ev­ery­thing you need to know to sing richly and res­o­nantly and pro­duce ear-pleas­ing har­mony. You’ll soon be en­joy­ing the ring­ing of beau­ti­ful a cap­pella chords, the com­pany of a great bunch of fel­low singers, and the thrill of per­form­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ences,” said Gapetz. “This event has been funded in part by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil and the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil.”

Reg­is­tra­tions are be­ing ac­cepted now. To reg­is­ter, or for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Dale Huff­man at 301-512-3288 or har­mony­on­the­bay@gmail.com.

RONI GAPETZ

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