Sean Kelley (`16) sings the National Anthem in A Capella Club.
A unique style of creating music has arrived at Gilmour Academy – A Cappella. A Cappella is singing without any instrumental accompaniments, utilizing numerous different voices to emulate instruments while harmonizing as a group. Mrs. Caroline Holtz, a seasoned vocal coach and instructor of the Vocal Performance course, established the club this year because she recognizes musical potential and talent in many students. She strives to provide young people with a remarkable opportunity to partake in an effective creative outlet.
A Cappella is an extraordinary way to express my personal sound, and the sound of many in vocal unity.
Kathy Jung (`18), a member of the club, said, “A Cappella gets people out of their musical comfort zones. It’s a fascinating way to build teamwork skills and discover how to become the music.” During the meetings, members learn to develop their voices by singing in harmony with one another. Sean Kelley (`16), student leader of the club, said, “I love music and the impact it has, not only in the world but also in the local community. A Cappella is an extraordinary way to express my personal sound, and the sound of many in vocal unity.” He encourages students to embrace the musical power of A Cappella through this vocal club.
Club members are working on singing the National Anthem, but will venture out into performing various pop songs. It is currently undecided if they will sing for the student body, but the group hopes to hold a performance later in the year. The club meets on Mondays at 8:10 a.m. in the band room, and students in grades 9-12 are welcome to join and find their voice.