Real Men Sing 2018

Starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, the “Real Men Sing” program is a gateway to generating an interest in vocal music for young men in grades 6 through 12. This program has been executed with great success and praise from area music educators. The Big Chicken Chorus, along with the support of area music educators, Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) clinicians, and BHS teaching quartets, has executed a one day choral music festival for young men since 2014, which provides the impetus for them to recognize the enjoyment music can bring. To date we have served 525 area students with this program.

This event is intended for all comers; no audition or selection process is involved, and current involvement in a school choir is not a requirement. Two choruses are formed: one for young men in middle school and a second for young men in high school. The music involved is taken from age-appropriate standard choral repertoire and will include music arranged in the 4-part a cappella harmony style as sung by Barbershop Quartets, to be sung along with the Big Chicken Chorus and the Teaching Quartets.

The education, music scores, a free dinner and a custom designed T-shirt are provided to the participants in return for a registration fee of $5 per participant. No student will be excluded for financial reasons.

The day will conclude with a FREE concert, open to the public, which will include the two choruses as well as the Big Chicken Chorus and Frontier. In 2018, we expect to attract more than 200 young men plus music educators from local middle and high schools. Our intention is to keep their focus on the joy of singing.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CLINICIAN: Lars Grevstad has been the Choral Director at Marietta High School since 2013 and has served as the Musical Director of the Big Chicken Chorus since 2012. Lars possesses a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Music Business, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, all from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He did additional graduate level music studies at the University of Colorado.

After moving to Georgia, Lars put his stellar record in music education to work. He has taught music at the middle school and high school level. Lars also provides private lessons in vocal technique and piano with emphasis on how to apply the technique to create music and artistry in song.

HIGH SCHOOL CLINICIAN: Adam Scott owns a private music studio in northern Utah. He holds a M.M. in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University and a B.A. in music composition from Utah State University. He previously worked as music educator and editor of music publications for the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has collaborated with composers and arrangers including Dr. Kirby Shaw and Deke Sharon. Adam has sung every part in many different ensembles, and currently sings bass with the “Switch” quartet.

Adam has written and/or arranged over five hundred pieces of music, including over a hundred barbershop arrangements for quartets and choruses. His classical music is sung at many High Schools and colleges in North America. He is published by MusicSpoke, Music House Publications, and his own private studio. Adam lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his wife Bethany and four boys.

TEACHING QUARTET: Frontier has been singing together since March 2015, and is 2015 Pioneer District champions. The members of the quartet come from different musical backgrounds and expertise after singing with numerous other quartets through their early years in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

In July 2018, Frontier represented the Pioneer District in Orlando, Florida where they were named 2018 International Next Generation Varsity Quartet Champions and placed 18th in the 2018 International Barbershop Quartet Contest.