Sound of the Rockies was thrilled with a record 4th place finish in the 2014 Barbershop Harmony Society’s international contest. The Denver, Colorado chorus achieved their highest score ever on Friday, July 4th with an average 92.8 against 30 other qualifying choruses! It was a thrilling, crowd-favorite performance on the international contest stage, their final such with their beloved director Darin Drown. Click here to learn more about all of the other amazing choruses and quartets that competed in the annual convention held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, July 1st – 5th, 2014. See photos of us on the contest stage, courtesy of Shawn York.
Sound of the Rockies is proud to be a sponsor of Summer Youth Harmony Camp 2014. This is an incredible opportunity for Denver metro area high school youth – both young men and women – to experience and learn a cappella four-part harmony singing from talented singers and performers. The 2014 Youth Harmony Camp will be held at YMCA of the Rockies in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, CO. Highlights include:
- Three days of fun for high school students, both young men and women, interested in vocal performance
- Professional vocal instruction at an affordable price
- An opportunity to sing with and learn from talented performers
- Instruction and experience in singing technique and stage presence
- Sunday afternoon BarberPoleOoza performance at Standley Lake High School in front of friends, family, and fellow artists from the Denver metro area
- BarberPoleOoza show headliners Ruby Blue and Fastlane quartets
- Make new friends from across the state
- $50 gets you lodging, meals, music & learning tracks… and a Harmony Camp t-shirt
- We only have room for 50 boys and 50 girls, so get registered now
A Cappella and Barbershop Harmony at its best in Denver Colorado. Four internationally recognized groups will all perform on stage in a “Summer Spectacular” on Sunday, June 22nd at 3:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall: a 977-seat concert/grand opera hall at the University of Denver, Newman Center with guest Emcee Rick Crandall, local radio personality.
The featured group in the concert will be the newest international champion women’s quartet of Sweet Adelines International, LoveNotes. LoveNotes has shared the stage with the Kingston Trio, sung the National Anthem for numerous professional sporting teams, participated in America’s Got Talent in both Los Angeles & Las Vegas, and appeared on Access Hollywood. LoveNotes became Queens of Harmony (International Champions) at the 2013 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Competition in Honolulu and are currently traveling the globe sharing their sweet harmony with their adoring fans. For details and clips visit www.lovenotesqt.com.
“These ladies are the best and most talented female group around right now” says Darin Drown, Musical Director of Sound of the Rockies. “This will be a rare chance to see them perform in the Denver area.”
This amazing concert is hosted by the local, world renowned men’s chorus, Sound of the Rockies. A 100+ men’s a cappella chorus, 12-time Rocky Mountain District Champion and 5-time International Medalist. For details and clips, visit www.soundoftherockies.com. Also featured will be Storm Front, Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2010 International Quartet Champion and local comedy favorite; and McPhly, 2008 Rocky Mountain District Champions.
Tickets are available from $20 and are available by calling the DU Newman Center Box Office at (303) 871-6200, or by visiting www.newmantix.com/sor.
On Saturday March 22nd, Colorado-based men’s chorus, Sound of the Rockies will be teaming up with the internationally-acclaimed barbershop quartet Mainstreet (www.mainstreetqt.com) to bring world-class a cappella entertainment to the Denver area. The two groups will be putting on two shows at 2:00 and 7:30 pm in the beautiful Gates Concert hall at The University of Denver, Newman Center. This collaborative concert will feature many songs performed by Sound of the Rockies in the theme of “Pirates” – sea faring songs that showcase the motif of the chorus’ latest contest package being prepared for the upcoming International Barbershop Harmony contest in Las Vegas over the week of July 4th. The chorus will include the two-song contest package in the concert , giving concert goers an idea of what one of the best barbershop choruses in the world actually does in an international Barbershop Harmony competition.
The performance will introduce many of the Sound of the Rockies’ local audience members to the wonderful sounds and highly entertaining show of the award-winning quartet, Mainstreet. Established in 2011, Main Street quartet hearkens back to the traditional style of barbershop harmony with soft shoe dance, slapstick routines and nostalgic songs – tipping their hat to the performances from turn of the century song and dance men. Whether it’s the waltz clog, a silly one-liner or a tender ballad of romance, a typical Main Street show will pay respect to the creative singers, dancers and humorists who blazed the trail entertaining audiences around the world. In July of 2012, Main Street once again placed fifth in the world at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Convention in Portland, OR. They are also the 2011 Sunshine District quartet champions out of Florida.
It is a much anticipated event for Colorado’s premier a cappella chorus and local non-profit, Sound of the Rockies. And with the help of Mainstreet as well as a few of the best local barbershop quartets, this show is sure to be the highlight of Denver’s a cappella entertainment scene this spring. Tickets are available from $21 by visiting the Newman Center box office website (www.newmantix.com/sor) or by calling the Newman Center Box Office (303) 871-7720. Additional sound clips and information can be found at www.soundoftherockies.com.
The 16th annual high school quartet clinic and contest announced today will be sponsored by the Rocky Mountain District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The event is also supported by local groups Sound of the Rockies, the Denver Mountainaires and the Colorado Chord Company and will be held Monday, February 17th (President’s Day holiday) at Arvada High School at 7:00 PM. (click link for directions)
Male and female quartets are invited to sing one song in the barbershop style, and a second song can be barbershop or any genre that showcases harmonizing skills (must by “G-rated” for family audiences). There is NO COST to enter, and all participants receive 50% scholarship to Summer Harmony Camp (July 18-20 in Estes Park). There will be divisions for men’s quartets and women’s quartets (mixed quartets also accommodated).
A quartet clinic for all wishing to participate will be held the weekend before, Sunday February 9th at Arvada High at 2:00 PM. Coaching for quartets will be available to help them prepare to do their best at the contest, also for individuals interested in exploring quartet singing and those who do not have a formal quartet put together.
All those wishing to participate are requested to please register (no cost) so adequate staffing can be available. Visit www.SummerHarmonyCamp.com for information and registration. Sample songs in the barbershop style including part-predominant learning tracks available. Please contact for information about additional charts.
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Are you looking for a great way to impress your sweetheart, teacher, mother, boss or true love on Valentines Day? Are you spending a lot of time shopping for a memorable and special last minute gift for Valentine’s Day for someone you love? Why not hire a barbershop quartet from one of the world’s best barbershop choruses to serenade your loved ones on Valentine’s Day?
Several quartets made up of members of the Denver-based Sound of the Rockies Chorus will be delivering a cappella Singing Valentines all over the Denver-Metro area from 8AM to 9PM on Friday February 14th. The non-profit Sound of the Rockies Chorus have acted as ‘Cupid’ near Valentines Day and have offered this fund raising service to those in love in Denver annually for over 20 years.
The quartets will go most anywhere in the area dressed to impress and will serenade any woman or man or several people with two sweet love songs. Most often it happens at schools, in the workplace or at a restaurant and is a complete surprise for the recipient, making it an unforgettable emotional event.
In addition to four-part a cappella harmony singing, the quartets present a red rose, a box of chocolates, and a card with a personalized message and will of course be willing to pose with the recipient for a keepsake photo. The price for this romantic package is only $60. Ordering information is now available at: www.soundoftherockies.com/singingvalentines
The 52eighty Youth Chorus (52eightychorus.com) is in its 6th year, having gained momentum and recognition each year in its quest to provide Denver area young men (30 and under) with a chance to sing award-winning a cappella music. As a protege of the Sound of the Rockies chorus, itself an award-winning chorus of over 100 men, 52eighty has represented Denver in the annual International Youth Chorus Festival in Las Vegas, Pasadena, Orlando, Tampa, and Tucson and will travel to Long Beach, Calif. in January, 2014, in an attempt to win the Gold Medal, a feat they already accomplished in 2010 after only two years in existence.
Ranging in age from 13 to 30 the young men of 52eighty represent Denver-area middle and high schools as well as local colleges and include some post-college professionals as well. Rehearsing just twice a month they will have had 12 rehearsals by the time they hit the stage in Long Beach on January 31st where they hope to outscore 25 other choruses.
You can hear this precision ensemble just prior to their departure for Long Beach by attending their Send-Off Concert on Tuesday evening, Jan. 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church, 7691 S. University Blvd., Centennial, Colorado. This performance is open to the public (with a free will donation at the door) and will include performances by other prominent a cappella groups. A Silent Auction sponsored by the Sound of the Rockies chorus will be conducted, the proceeds from which will help fund 52eighty’s travel expenses to the International Youth Chorus Festival in Long Beach. CDs will also be on sale.
This is a great chance for young singers to hear other young singers perform in an ensemble made up of young men from across the Denver Metro area, all with a desire to perform at a high level alongside friends with the same goals. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear what focus, drive, determination, talent and great direction can produce. Gather up some friends and support the growing a cappella resurgence.
Another very successful weekend of concerts came to an end as the doors closed at the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the performing arts on Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Nearly 3,000 people attended the annual Denver holiday concerts and were again uplifted by the holiday spirit and beautiful harmony provided by the Sound of the Rockies. Some have made the Sound of the Rockies holiday concerts an annual tradition to get into the spirit of the season.
If you are one of many that couldn’t make it to the December 13 & 14 Comfort & Joy concerts at the University of Denver, do not despair. Thanks to a great relationship with Master of Ceremonies, Rick Crandall and Studio 1430 radio (1430AM Denver radio station), the concert will be played on Sunday December 22nd at 2:00 PM.
The Sound of the Rockies hopes that in some small way listening in to the concert will brighten your holidays and lift your spirits. Please tune your radio dial to 1430AM or visit www.studio1430.com if outside of Denver. In the wake of another tragedy, this time at Arapahoe High School in Littleton, CO on Friday the 13th, the Sound of the Rockies hearts, songs, and loving prayers go out to all who have been affected by this and other tragedies around the world.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, our Thursday night rehearsal quarters, became the refuge for thousands of Arapahoe High School students less than 15 hours after we had vacated the building. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting at Arapahoe High, about 200 yards to the north, Shepherd of the Hills opened its doors and became a safe haven for many terrified students who had to exit the school without their coats. In a large room where close harmony had echoed just a few hours before, it was now a cacophony of crying, emergency phone calls, and overwrought parents straining to gain sight of their children.
The Sound of the Rockies, an internationally recognized a cappella men’s chorus, will hold auditions for new members on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Open auditions will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University Blvd. in Centennial. Men of all voice parts and experience levels are invited to attend. The Sound of the Rockies is an exciting chorus of 100+ members with over 60 years of history. The chorus has recently performed at Air Canada Centre (Toronto, CAN), the Colorado Convention Center, the Broadmoor Hotel, has annual performances at the DU Newman Center, and has been traveling to international chorus competitions around the country for two decades. While most of its members are not professional musicians, the chorus takes pride in its high standards of performance and musical excellence. Those planning to audition should bring a prepared vocal piece of any musical style to sing for approximately 1-2 minutes. You may sing a cappella or an accompanist will be on hand for those who bring sheet music. Bringing your own accompanist is also an option. An enthusiastic presentation of the prepared piece is appreciated. Musical leadership from the Sound of the Rockies organization will be on hand to greet the candidates and provide feedback on the audition. For more information contact Dan George at 303-663-7111 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org today. For more information, visit: http://soundoftherockies.com/visit-us/ or Check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SoundOTRockies