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Celebrating Perfect Vocal Harmony: The Timeless Sounds of American Musical Groups    NEW!

This multimedia seminar celebrates how vocal duos, trios and groups are able blend their voices to create unforgettable harmonies and performances. Genres and musical styles include: The Big Band & Swing Era, Jazz, Pop & Vocalese, Rock & Doo Wop, The California Sound, Latin American, Country & Western; Bluegrass, Folk & Folk Rock, and Motown.

This musical journey explores both well-known and lesser-known vocal groups, such as the Boswell Sisters, Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller & the Modernaires, Tommy Dorsey & the Pied Pipers, Mills Brothers, Four Freshmen, Hi Lo’s, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Manhattan Transfer, Dion & the Belmonts, Frankie Lymon, Marcels, Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, Afro Cuban All Stars, Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Weavers, Kingston Trio, Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, CSN&Y, Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations and much more.

I'll share their backstories, musical influences, and reveal which other vocal groups they influenced. We'll listen to their recordings and watch classic video performances. The only prerequisite is a love of music and groups that brought us so many timeless recordings.


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