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St. Charles Hosts Harmony Convention

St. Charles will be host to the Harmony Inc. Area 4 Contest & Convention (AC&C), June 7-10. The women’s barbershop organization is comprised of 6 areas, each of which holds a competition to determine who will be allowed to advance to the international contest, held in November of each year. Area 4 covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

The Village Vocal Chords chorus (VVC), based in Glen Ellyn, will be hostess to twelve quartets and five choruses at the four-day convention, which begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday morning. The convention will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4070 East Main St, St. Charles.

The VVC are the current international championship chorus of Harmony, Inc., and are therefore required to pass one year, so will not be competing at this convention. However, another local chorus, Misty River Music Makers, based in Geneva, will be performing a 2-song set Saturday afternoon for the chance to move onto the November contest, in Orlando, FL. Quartets from both of these choruses will be competing also.

Both the quartet and chorus contests are open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the door ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students). The quartet contest will be Friday evening, at 7:30 pm. The chorus contest will be the following day, at 12:30 pm.

Harmony Inc. is an international, nonprofit, and educational organization for women barbershop singers, founded in 1959, in Providence, RI, and has chapters in both the US and Canada.

For more information on the convention, visit the Area 4 website, www.area4harmonyinc.org.

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