Calling local Gleeks: BSO to hold competition for a cappella ensembles

If, like those so-uncool-they're-cool kids on "Glee," you just can't help breaking into nicely harmonized song, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra wants to give you a chance to perform at Meyheroff Symphony.

So, OK, the winner of the BSO's "Orchapella" competition (yeah, go ahead and groan) only gets to do warm-up for the big attraction on July 7, Rockapella. But, hey, it's a foot in the door.

Here's the deal:

If you're a local a cappella ensemble -- defined as 2 to 10 members; all ages -- just ...

fill out the online registration form and include a link to a YouTube video of the group performing a song of your choosing. The registration deadline is June 21.

Three semi-finalists selected by the BSO will have their videos posted on the orchestra's Facebook site on June 28 at 10:00 a.m. People can then vote for their favorite; voting will close on July 5.

The winning ensemble will get to be the opener for the July 7 concert by Rockapella, the group that was founded nearly 25 years ago in New York and became a mainstay of the PBS "Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?”

PHOTO (by Rachel Rodriguez, SuperSixOne Media) COURTESY OF ROCKAPELLA.COM 

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