Great Northern Union recently performed at the 2017 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference.
Alongside past International Champion quartets Ringmasters and Crossroads and Barbershop Harmony staffer Joe Cerutti, GNU presented an informational session titled "Boys To Men: Building An Intergenerational Men's Choir."
With the conference being held in Minneapolis, the sessions were a great opportunity for both BHS and GNU alike to get barbershop music in front of some of the top choral music educators from around the nation.
The sessions focused on the “Four Pillars” of the GNU organizational model: performing a variety of repertoire, tag singing, building a strong community and camaraderie among members and competition.
GNU performed two of its contest numbers and debuted the chorus’s latest showstopper “Hooked On A Feeling,” which also happens to be the title of the chorus’s upcoming spring show. The sessions concluded with GNU and the two quartets collaborating on "A Tribute To World Peace," arranged by Jay Giallombardo.
The two sessions were warmly received by ACDA conference attendees. Likewise, GNU members were thrilled to give the performance and to represent BHS. Getting to sing alongside two top flight quartets in Crossroads and Ringmasters was a definite treat.
Up next, GNU will be singing at the 10,000 Lakes/Southwest Division Contest on March 25. GNU will also happily be providing a “mic tester” chorus at the beginning of the division chorus contest and performing a short set for the benefit of the contest attendees after the quartet contest wraps.
GNU will be performing its spring show, titled “Hooked On A Feeling” at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, Arden Hills, on April 29. Tickets are available here! .