About Kern Valley Chorus

Get to Know Kern Valley Chorus

Kern Valley Chorus is a membership organization of female singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun.  We currently have singers of all ages, all walks of life, and all parts of the Kern River Valley, California and surrounding areas. 
Each year the chorus performs for many valley organizations and participates in many events. We are always on hand President's Day weekend at Whiskey Flat Days in beautiful Kernville selling our hot pastrami sandwiches. Look for us at Christmastime, singing traditional carols and contemporary favorites for your club or organization, as well as at the hospital and nursing homes around the Kern River Valley.
Don't forget to send your loved ones a "Singing Christmas Card."  These musical, holiday greetings are delivered over the phone in December. A great way to wish a Merry Christmas to special people who live far away!  In February we offer "Singing Valentine Cards."  We deliver your personalized singing Valentine (and candy or flowers) right to the doorstep of your loved one. What a fun way to wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine's Day!

Barbershop Harmony

What is barbershop singing?

Barbershop singing is unaccompanied, four-part acappella harmony. Although barbershop-style music is usually built on simple melodies and is relatively easy to sing, the acappella style and the ear training necessary for independent part singing make it one of the most challenging and rewarding accomplishments of a vocal ensemble. Deke Sharon, musical director of The Sing-Off and the Pitch Perfect movies, calls barbershop singing the "blackbelt" of all acappella forms. When the music is sung accurately and with good breath support and vocal techniques, barbershop harmony produces overtone vibrations that create a resonant ring unique to this form of music.
Ladies of all skill levels can join in the chorus and their abilities are as varied as they are.  It’s the synergy of these unique voices, talents and experiences that creates the space for an exciting ensemble.
In simple terms, barbershop singing is vocal harmony produced by four parts: lead, tenor, baritone and bass. Finding the right part for your voice is the initial step. This is accomplished at your first visit to Kern Valley Chorus.  Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her range.

Performance

The main purpose of Kern Valley Chorus is to get out and perform. We sing at annual shows, a number of community events, and at an annual competition. We also deliver live Singing Telegrams around the Kern River Valley area at Valentines Day and live Singing Christmas Phone Cards anywhere in the world! We are available to sing at your next function or event. If you're looking for a unique musical experience to liven up your event, please check out our Hire Us section.

Education

In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of barbershop acappella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals, and a very important component of the chorus experience. A number of times a year, a visiting master in the art of barbershop singing will coach the chorus.  We learn many fabulous tricks of the trade and become better singers individually and collectively. Educational seminars are another wonderful opportunity to learn more about not only singing, but music arranging, directing, quartetting, choreography, and leadership skills.   

Quartets

Novice quartet and double quartet contests as well as registered quartet contests are some of the fun ensembles offered to practice performance skills, mic work and choreography. 

Contests

Contest is a major and fun part of the barbershop world that helps keep us focused on raising the bar of performing excellence. We come together in a spirit of lighthearted competition to see who's really got top form. We root for each other, cheer each other on, and once the medals have been handed out, we sing and party into the night.
Every year in the spring, Kern Valley Chorus makes the trip to Bakersfield, CA to compete in our regional contest. Dozens of choruses and quartets come together to sing and compete. There are a number of judging categories, and the groups bring complete and entertaining packages. If you are anywhere near Bakersfield, CA in the spring, please come be a part of the fun!  At the regional competition, Kern Valley Chorus has won the Audience Appreciation Award for most entertaining chorus as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the small chorus category.

Affiliation

Kern Valley Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a non-profit organization of approximately 21,000 members in choruses and quartets, worldwide. The headquarters is in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

 

 

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