What is ‘Vocal Support’?
For many years, the two NHS student-led a cappella groups ‘Treble Rebels’ and ‘Subway Dwarves’ have successfully practiced their singing after school hours and performed at many Needham High School and other community events, including participation in the A Cappella Go concert, hosted yearly in November by the Needham Creative Arts Council.
At the end of the A Cappella Go concert in November 2008, however, the student singers, spearheaded by Jeremy Aines (NHS ’09), decided to reach for more: They wanted to establish a Spring event, focused on a cappella singing at the high school and college levels and beyond, and on raising money for a good cause. Thus, the ‘Vocal Support’ concert was conceived. With the addition of a third a cappella group at Needham High School, Fermata Nowhere, this yearly event promises to showcase the entire a cappella specter of the Needham High School, along with great examples of college and professional a cappella groups.
In April of 2009, at the inaugural event, the concert raised $ 3,000 for the Spinal Cord Injury Association, Greater Boston Chapter, and a great time was had by the audience crowded into the auditorium on a very rainy night!!! In addition to the high school groups, the concert featured two college groups (Skidmore Dynamics and NYU N’Harmonics), as well as the professional Boston group ‘Firedrill!’
2010's event supported work in MA and beyond against homelessness, with all proceeds donated to Housing Families Inc., as well as a collection of new, packaged underwear, socks and onesies going to Circle of Hope Inc. In addition to the three NHS groups, the concert featured 'Duke's Men of Yale', and NYC pro group 'Duwende'. In 2011, proceeds were split between the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and Samariteens, Boston, a teenage mental health hotline. The three NHS groups were supported by Brandeis ‘Rather Be Giraffes’, as well as Boston pro group ‘Overboard’. 2012’s concert raised funds for a local need: A new piano for the soon-to-be new Senior Center in town. The middle school singing groups once again entertained the crowd as mike testers, and Five O’Clock Shadow, a staple of the Boston a cappella scene, showcased rock a cappella at its finest, along with the superb skills of beat-boxer/mouth bass ‘Stack’, aka David Stackhouse.
This event is sponsored by the NHS Friends of Music, whom we thank for their organizational support.
Come join the Needham community and enjoy the original human instrument for a good cause!
Vocal Support 2013
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 17:46
Sat., May 4, 2013
General Admission Tickets:
$12 in advanced for adults/students
$15 at the door (if available)
As of May 4th, 9:30am 150 tickets remain. Door Sales begin at 6:45pm.
Vocal Support is a benefit concert, featuring a cappella singing at the high school and college levels and beyond, raising money for a good cause. Realizing the importance of music in their own lives, as well as the absence of access to music instruction for many students in Massachusetts, the singers of the NHS a cappella groups have decided to donate the proceeds from this year’s concert to the organization Music & Youth, which aims to “give young people in underserved communities the opportunity to build self-confidence and interpersonal skills while fostering an appreciation of music”. Several urban communities in the Greater Boston area are served by Music & Youth including Dorchester, Hyde Park, Allston, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Charlestown and Lawrence.
This year’s concert will be held at the Needham High School Auditorium on Saturday night, May 4, 2013. The concert starts at 7:30 pm, and the auditorium doors open at 7:00 pm. Ticket Sales (if not sold out) and Will Call will start at 6:45 pm. We are expecting a sold out performance and encourage everyone to get their tickets early. The performance is recommended for students ages 8 and up. Please click here for information on how to purchase tickets in advance of the event.
Who is singing in this year’s event?