MAINSTAGE CONCERT HEADLINERS - BLUE JUPITER
Broadway Records Recording Artists, Blue Jupiter is the cutting edge of a cappella. Soaring pop and Broadway leads. Tight harmonies. Unbelievable beatboxing. And most importantly, nothing else. No instruments. No DJ. No tracks. No calories. No carbs. This NYC-based quartet is just 4 mouths and 4 mics. Real voices and non-stop energy. In a world where seemingly everything is fake, Blue Jupiter is literally, out of this world.
Blue Jupiter’s biggest exposure came from the Lifetime TV show “Pitch Slapped” seen by millions in the US, UK, Israel, The Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and Portugal and throughout Latin America. Blue Jupiter’s female lead singer, and star of Pitch Slapped, Diana Preisler, alongside members of Blue Jupiter became known to their loyal audience as they all coached and performed for young a cappella singers weekly, on TV screens across the globe. But, Blue Jupiter's fan base was earned way before their reality TV stardom, from over 15 years of non-stop touring.
Participating Groups - Berks Choir Games 2018
VOCAL COMPANY - Reading High School
The Reading High School Vocal Company is an extra-curricular ensemble of twenty-two singers ranging from grades ten through twelve who all enrolled in the Reading High School Concert Choir who chose to audition for a spot in this group.
It is our commitment to take on a large variety of vocal music in many styles and genres. We perform regularly in the City of Reading, Berks County, and beyond. In 2013 we started a musical theatre performance in the fall at RHS. We've performed revues (Songs for a New World; Smokey Joe's Café) and full book musicals (Little Shop of Horrors; Urinetown). Always with a focus of storytelling through song. In the past few seasons we've sung a major choral work with the Reading Choral Society, performed a concert with the Berkshire Chorale, and sung with the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra. Our group has also performed Pharrell Williams' hit: "Happy" to introduce Good Morning America's Robin Roberts when she came to speak the performing arts center in Reading (May 2014).
CAMERATA - Wyomissing High School
This ensemble is the highest select ensemble at Wyomissing Area SH School. The Camerata performs for Wyomissing Area school, athletic and community events, Reading Royals hockey, Reading Phillies games, Parades, and various concerts. They have performed in Disneyworld, Sea World, Universal Studios in Florida: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Malachy’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Church, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations in New York City as well as in Disneyland, California. They have also performed on the cruise ship, The Norwegian Sea, in the Bahamas, and the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, Sovereign of the Seas.
BC SHAPRS - Berks Catholic High School
BC Sharps just celebrated their first anniversary! Founded and managed solely by student leaders, Nicole Balistrere (Director) Jeremy Earnest (Musical Arrangements) and Michaela Dungan (Choreographer), the A-Cappella Club is a huge hit at Berks Catholic High School. The founders wanted to form a musical group for students to rehearse their favorite songs while build their musical skills and meeting new people. BC Sharps operate as a Club Activity, which meets after school, under the moderation of Mrs. Kate Bobb, Choral Director.
Past performances include the school's Spring Music Concert, featuring a Coldplay medley and Christmas Vespers, featuring Mary Did You Know? They are excited to be a part of Reading Choral Society’s 2017 Choir Games and look forward to years of musical fun and experiences with new people.
ALBRIGHT ANGELS - Albright College
Albright Angels were founded in the fall of 1998 when several students expressed the desire to form a student directed ensemble with the purpose of performing popular music for campus performances. In 2003 this group became one of the choral ensemble offerings guided and directed by the music department. The Albright Angels have expanded their repertoire to include a variety of musical styles and genres dedicating themselves to performing quality literature written specifically or arranged for treble voices.
MANE MEN - Albright College
Mane Men was founded in the fall of 2001 when several students expressed their desire to form a men’s choral ensemble. Their objective was to spend some time away from the rigors and demands of the daily college schedule by expressing themselves through their common joy of singing. The Mane Men are dedicated to the choral art of performing quality literature written specifically or arranged for male voices. Their repertoire consists of a variety of styles and genres encompassing music from the renaissance to the present.
OCTONICS - University Of The Arts
OcTonics is a vocal ensemble comprised of eight students from The University of
the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group focuses primarily on a cappella
literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, performing arrangements by Ward
Swingle, Jonathan Rathbone, Deke Sharon, Kirby Shaw, and more. Choral blend,
vocal nuances, performance interaction and communication are the primary goals of
the group. OcTonics performs on a regular basis at the university and in the
Philadelphia region. Members of the group include Audrey Simmons, Hannah
Lorimer, Anna Ready, Anna Clarke, Noah Woodard, Shafiq Hicks, Jon Williams, and
Evan Graver. The group is directed by Jeffrey Kern, Associate Professor of Voice at
The University of the Arts.
PHALANX - Elizabethtown College
"Hailing from the exotic farm fields of Lancaster County, Phalanx is Elizabethtown College's all male, all attractive A Cappella group. Consisting of ten bachelors, this group of men is brought together through their infatuation of tight harmonic sounds, soothing and sassy melodies, and their love of their adoring female groupies. Being the bee's knees of the campus, Phalanx is in high demand throughout the rolling rural planes and they grace others with their God-given talents of music".
UNDER A REST - West Chester University
Under A Rest is the first co-ed A Cappella group at West Chester University started in the fall semester of 2014 consisting of undergraduate students of all majors and years.
We perform contemporary A Cappella music all across the WCU campus and community.