A Cappella Fest to benefit Norton High School music programs
Seven college a cappella groups will be battling each other for bragging rights and working together to promote music in local schools.
Singing groups from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Berklee College of Music, the University of Maine, the University of Connecticut, and Wheaton College will face off against one another on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Wheaton’s Cole Memorial Chapel.
No matter which group comes out on top, the Norton High School music program is guaranteed to win. The proceeds from the event are slated to support the local school’s music groups—the Concert Band, the A Cappella Ensemble, the Concert Chorus and the Jazz Band.
The event, A Cappella Fest, is the brainchild of Wheaton sophomore Mary Margaret Yancey, who is a member of The Blend, Wheaton’s only coed a cappella group.
A double major in sociology and business and management, Yancey earned the funding to launch the event by winning a contest herself: the Social Entrepreneurship Business Pitch Competition held in April by the college’s Entrepreneurship Club.
“I wanted to do something that built on my interests and would contribute to the local community,” Yancey said, explaining the inspiration for the benefit concert. “Raising support for Norton’s music programs seemed like a very natural connection for this event. I hope it brings a crowd to the chapel, from Wheaton students and members of the Norton community.”
Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $8 at the door; $5 for students and faculty.