Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus looking for voices

April 3, 2013 

Whether your experience with singing doesn’t extend to much more than singing in the shower or with the radio in the car, the Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus wants you to sing along.

The organization is offering free singing lessons for men of all ages. The lessons will be held Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 through May 6 in the administration building of Christ United Methodist Church, which is located at 511 Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. All materials will be provided by the Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus.

The organization, which was founded in Macon in 1958, is open to men of all ages and performs throughout the Macon and Warner Robins area.

Kent Kurtz, a member of the Barbershop Chorus and the organization’s vice president for public relations, said Trace Odom will conduct the singing lessons.

“It is mainly for people that like to sing but don’t have the confidence in their skills,” Kurtz said. “The lessons will stress breathing techniques and pitch.”

Kurtz, who has been singing with the chorus for the past five years, said that the lessons are a gift to the community.

“If they take the lessons and want to join us that is fine. If they don’t that is fine, too. There is no obligation. We just want people to have more of an appreciation of singing.”

Kurtz said that singing is something that people can do for a lifetime and the motives behind singing are varied.

“Some want the spotlight and some do it because they love music. People do it in church as an offer of worship. We just want people -- however they want to participate -- to do so that it is rewarding to them,” Kurtz said.

Kurtz said that the popularity of shows such as “The Voice” and “American Idol” prove that there are plenty of people who like to sing and listen to singing.

Call 345-SING for more information about either the free singing lessons or the Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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