Along our Journey
2019 is off to a great start! After significant focus on both vocal techniques and performance skills, Silk’n Sounds achieved its highest score ever, earning the silver medalist place in the Northeast US and Canada Regional Area Harmony Inc. Contest. The rest of the spring will be dedicated to learning new songs to include in upcoming concerts in the summer and fall. Toward the end of the year, we will host a community workshop for mothers and daughters and prepare for holiday season performances. We will also be planning our big A Cappella Fest, which will take place in March of next year.
2018 marked our 20th anniversary of song! After a year of learning new musical skills, vocal coaching and building repertoire, our celebration of two decades of singing culminated in our Holiday Extravaganza in December. In addition to some wonderful a cappella arrangements, the Silk’n Sounds chorus was joined by a professional jazz orchestra for some swinging holiday favorites, creating an exciting Big Band sound that thrilled the audience. Two selections were performed jointly with the lovely voices of the North Haven High School Concert Choir, and the school’s a cappella group “Key of She” sang a few beautiful holiday pieces, under the direction of Sara Iadarola.
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.