All Natural, Stevenson University’s a cappella group, is preparing to show off their many talents at their annual Spring Showcase. It will take place on April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Inscape Theatre on the Greenspring campus.
The upcoming concert includes 10 songs ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to pop, as well as 10 individual performances by the members of the ensemble. The group, composed of 16 students, includes a large variety of talent and experience. Some members have been singing since kindergarten, and some just found their passion for singing as college students. Most of the group’s current members have joined within the past two semesters, signaling a new era for the ensemble.
The vocal ranges differ for each member, including sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, altos, tenors, and bass singers. All Natural has been able to combine their voices in a clear and enjoyable form while reflecting the variations of their voices in each song.
The name All Natural is representative of the musical symbol, explained Emma Cathy Smith, the group’s female tenor vocalist. “We’re able to showcase our natural voices through our use of a cappella arrangements, while also testing and experimenting with how far we can push our vocal talent,” she said.
All members of the ensemble have an input in choosing which songs they will perform, and most of the arrangements for the group are written by Emily Bartles, the music director.
The Spring Showcase is used to present the many talents and ranges of the ensemble, and attendance is open to Stevenson students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public. Attendees can expect to hear a variety of music from many genres; the group will perform songs from an array of artists, including John Lennon and Post Malone.
Stevenson student Tatyana Allen has attended the spring concert for three years. “I look forward to hearing the a cappella choir sing every spring,” she said. “It’s great to see them grow and change every year.” Allen added that the concert is her favorite spring event.
A cappella singing has had a rise in popularity over the last few years.
“Interest in a cappella has been cyclical in the past 100 years, be it barbershop, doo-wop, close harmony singing, or the wave that lasted from ‘Kiss Him Goodbye‘ in 1987 to ‘It’s Alright‘ in 1994, and it seems to be time again,” said Deke Sharon, founder of Contemporary A Capella Society (CAPA) and producer of The Sing-Off, in an interview with Chorus America.
More information about the Spring Showcase and All Natural can be found on the group’s Facebook page.
Editor-in-chief Tyler Didra contributed to this article.