Barbershop club shares spirit of harmony, pizza

Zachary Rodriguez
Staff Writer

Sounds of harmonic melodies and laughter filled Warehouse Pizza Monday as the University of La Verne A Cappella Barbershop Club hosted a tag night event.

The group invited students to the restaurant for free pizza and to share their passion for singing.

“A tag is the last part of a song,” club president David Vorobyov said. “It’s the more dramatic part of the song. It brings the whole song together.”

Learning to sing a tag only takes a couple of minutes and is simple for anyone.

As the event went on, more groups sang together to create a sweet and simple sound that filled the room.

Participants worked closely with each other helping by finding the tone for the songs.

“We are just a bunch of music nerds that come together and eat food and enjoy music,” club vice president Reanna Hilario said.

Singers stood in circles, sang and almost forgot about the food. The fun and supportive environment welcomed new people to come and sing a tag.

The barbershop harmonies echoed throughout the pizzeria as curious customers looked in to see what was going on.

When singing in a quartet, everyone has a tone, and the other members know his or her part in the song.

“The quartet is more than just a group of people with straw hats and armbands,” Instructor of Music and club adviser Carol Stephenson said.

Barbershop quartets are traditionally were all male, but the University’s music department is pushing the boundaries by including women in its groups.

The A Cappella Barbershop Club is always encouraging and welcoming people who have never sung before to come out and give it a try.

Some members did not have prior musical experience before joining, and others are encouraged to join.

“You got a voice, you can sing,” Vorobyov said.

Meeting are 6 p.m. Monday for men and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for women in Morgan Auditorium.

Zachary Rodriguez can be reached at zachary.rodriguez@laverne.edu.

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