Second City Chorus looking for new members

January 19, 2011

From press release

As the years go by, the Second City Chorus is becoming more well known throughout the region. However, recruiting more members to join the group is still the group’s No. 1 goal.

Toward that end, the chorus is launching its annual membership drive by sponsoring a “Guest Night” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, where they regularly rehearse on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. This will be an informal and interactive event involving information sharing, warming up and learning a new song with the chorus, listening to the chorus and quartets performing, singing what Barbershoppers call “tags”with the chorus members and socializing with the chorus and other guests while munching on sandwiches, hor d’oeuvres and desserts.

The Second City Chorus, Rockford Metro Chapter, was chartered by the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1996, and since that time, has been performing in the Rockford-Belvidere area and competing successfully in state district contests. Within the chorus are two award-winning quartets, Tsunami and Second Opinion, who also perform throughout northwest Illinois.

2010 was the first full year for Joe Tomecek being in the role of musical director. Tomecek brings to the chorus a wealth of experience and expertise in singing, directing and arranging four-part a cappella songs in various genres. He is also an excellent teacher who quickly gained the respect and admiration of the membership. Tomecek makes going to rehearsal enjoyable, and the chorus feels very fortunate in having a director of his caliber at the helm.

The men in this chorus and these quartets vary in age and come from all walks of life, but they have taken on this joyful and rewarding hobby for five specific reasons as stated by the Barbershop Harmony Society: 1) Sing your heart out; 2) Sharpen your singing skills; 3) Establish lasting relationships; 4) Enrich the lives of others, and 5) Have some fun. That last reason could be the most important!

So, if you sing in the car or shower, currently sing in a church, school or community choir, or used to sing in an organized group and want to get back into it, this is your golden opportunity to consider joining a quality men’s chorus.

Contact Ron Parrett at (815) 332-5611 (home) or (815) 871-1347 (cell) for more information.

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