Silk’n Sounds is Greater New Haven’s premier auditioned women’s a cappella chorus. Dedicated to excellence in the performance of four-part harmony in the American barbershop tradition and in other musical traditions, the chorus performs a broad repertoire of songs in traditional and contemporary musical styles, including jazz standards, ballads, and rhythmic pop favorites. The chorus’s performances are enhanced by sophisticated choreography and sensitive musical interpretations that tell stories through song.
Along our Journey
2018 celebrates 20 years of song. Silk'n Sounds singers kick off their anniversary year honing vocal skills with focused coaching and a chorus retreat in preparation for the contest stage in April.
2017 brought our chorus to new heights. In April Silk'n Sounds placed 3rd at the Harmony, Inc. Area 2 Convention & Contest in Devons, MA, earning our highest score ever. With 45 members on stage, the chorus dazzled the audience with their performances of Sweet Georgia Brown and Are You Lonesome Tonight. The chorus also received the Area 2 Achievement Award.
Our summer months were dedicated to learning new repertoire and increasing vocal skills. The focus of the fall was preparation for "Winter Swing, Voices & Vibes!" our largest concert to date partnering with world renowned vibes artist Arthur Lipner, jazz musicians and singers from North Haven High School.
2016 was an amazing year for Silk'n Sounds. Under the inspirational leadership of our gifted director, Kia Lampe-Onnerud, we honed our vocal skills and widened our repertoire. We increased our membership to 44, and received our highest scores yet at Harmony Inc.'s area and international contests. We sang at an ecology festival, an appreciation event for hospital volunteers, a synagogue, churches and libraries. We ended the year with our annual holiday concert which featured ballads, show tunes, jazz standards, holiday favorites, and a children's chorus.
Kia Lampe-Onnerud brings 25+ years of chorus leadership and musical performance experience across a wide range of genres. Having successfully raised the level of several barbershop groups in both performances and competitions since 1990 and also worked with groups at multiple levels, we are excited to learn and develop with her. In addition to her love of a cappella, Kia also shares some cool jazz harmony, accented with chord progression and sweet rhythms. Come and meet our dynamic leader!