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May 19, 2017

Sound Off Named Sing That Thing! Champion


Boston-based adult a capella group wins Season 3 of WGBH’s choral competition

Wellesley High School’s Rice Street Singers, Endicott College’s Endicott Singers and Berklee College of Music’s Crepusculum Choir take category wins

BOSTON (May 19, 2017) WGBH’s Sing That Thing! named Boston-based a capella group, Sound Off, the overall winner of the public broadcaster’s Emmy-nominated singing competition for New England choral ensembles. Sound Off, whose sound puts a soulful twist on modern pop music, was chosen from among 18 ensembles–representing genres from Top 40 and Renaissance music to classical and jazz–that performed over the course of the series’ third season. The finale aired Friday, May 19 at 8:30pm on WGBH 2.

Sound Off, the adult category winner, won the coaches over in the finale with their arrangement of “In the Name of Love” by Martin Garrix. The other category winners were the Endicott Singers from Endicott College in the college category; Rice Street Singers from Wellesley High School in the high school category; and Crepusculum Choir from Berklee College of Music in the wild card category. Coaches Anthony Trecek-King, Annette Philip and Jared Bowen evaluated groups based on a variety of criteria, including intonation and rhythm, as well as the complexity, versatility, stagecraft and audience appeal of their performance.  

In the final episode, Philip said of Sound Off, “the group that won was cohesive in sound, vibe and presentation. They payed attention to all sorts of details, dynamics, their arrangements had good development. And most importantly they were sincere, believable and authentic.”

“A well-deserved congratulations to Sound Off, our Sing That Thing! Season 3 winners,” said Sing That Thing! co-executive producer Patricia Alvarado Nuñez. “It’s been wonderful to hear the dynamic arrangements and meet the colorful personalities from all of our ensembles this year. They’ve proven that music is truly a great way to bring people together.”

Following the performances of the semifinalists, Vocal Revolution, the series’ Season 2 winner, surprised the audience with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Tonight” from West Side Story. This special performance by the Lexington-based barbershop ensemble was in honor of composer, conductor, educator and musician Bernstein’s 100th birthday, whose official, world-wide centennial celebration begins this summer.  

Eighteen amateur singing groups from across New England were selected to appear on season three of Sing That Thing! Over the course of seven episodes, viewers met groups specializing in a variety of genres from the world of vocal music, including a cappella, jazz, barbershop, Renaissance, pop and religious music. A live-to-tape finale featured the top groups from each category presenting their unique spin on a song of their choice.

The Sing That Thing! coaches are Anthony Trecek-King, president and artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus; Annette Philip, a vocalist, composer/arranger and faculty member at Berklee College of Music and winner of the 2014 national Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Championship with her quartet, Women of the World; and Jared Bowen, WGBH News executive arts editor and host of WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Boston television’s only local arts magazine series. Together, the coaches provided detailed feedback to each group and ultimately determined which ones advanced to the next round.

“The constructive and expert advice from Anthony, Annette and Jared, as well as the diverse array of Sing That Thing! participants, has provided a community-focused showcase and a ‘master class’ for New England singers,” said Liz Cheng, WGBH’s general manager for television and co-executive producer of Sing That Thing! “WGBH has a strong history of supporting the arts. I’m thrilled that this program is a part of that heritage.”

The Sing That Thing! finale episode recently received two 2017 New England Emmy nominations. It was acknowledged in the Arts/Entertainment category and for Program Editor.

Sing That Thing! is WGBH’s newest original local series. Funding is provided by Eastern Bank, Emerson College and individual donors. The series is produced by public media producer WGBH, in partnership with Emerson College and its student crew, as well as with WGBY (Springfield, MA,) Maine Public, New Hampshire Public Television, Vermont PBS and CPTV - Connecticut Public Television. Sing That Thing! is be seen across New England in every state thanks to these partner stations.

More information about the series is available at SingThatThing.org. Join the conversation with fellow fans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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