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Ellicottville Sound Chorus Preps for Competition, Seeks New Members

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By Alicia Dziak

Are you a guy who likes to sing? Here’s your chance to be part of something fun and musical. The Ellicottville Sound Chorus is busy preparing for the upcoming season and you can be a part of it!

After performing at the Chautauqua Institute in August, the Ellicottville Sound chorus, a mens-only a cappella group,  has been continuing to work hard on a new pirate-themed program that they will be performing in competition on Oct. 1.

In preparation of the competition, and in honor of this week’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” the group performed flash-mob style at the Gin Mill this week, to help get everyone comfortable with the new material and with performing in front of a crowd.

The upcoming competition will be held in Rochester, and the chorus will be competing against several other groups in the region, from places as far as Watertown and Binghamton.

Following the competition, the chorus will be once again be seeking new members, as they often do in their weekly meetings. “We hold open auditions ever week,” said Susan Berenguer, chorus coach, whose husband, Skip, is the director.

Of the songs they perform, Berenguer said, “We do songs other choruses don’t do. We pick unique arrangements,” adding that “this is not your grandfather’s barbershop quartet.”

The current chorus is made up of men from diverse backgrounds, from Olean, Frewsburg, Franklinville, Ellicottville and everywhere in between.

Come October, the chorus will prepare for the holiday season, where they plan to perform during the Christmas Stroll, and throughout the Village on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

The chorus meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Ellicottville. For more info, email skipjjd@aol.com or call Pat Close at (716) 912-4795.

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