Young Men’s Harmony Festival Scores Another High

By Mark Freedkin, Chairman, Young Men In Harmony, Feb 24, 2010

The Masters of Harmony and the Southern California Vocal Association co-sponsored the 10th Annual Young Men’s Harmony Festival this past weekend. We had 230 young men from 26 high schools throughout Southern California attending this year’s unique musical event, and the feedback from students, parents and teachers has been very positive. The evening show featured the young men’s chorus, performances by groups from Granada Hills Charter High School and Fullerton Union High School, along with OC Times, The Westminster Chorus, Nightlife, The Vagrants, and the Masters of Harmony, culminating in a combined finale with over 330 singers on stage. This year’s event brings our ten-year total to over 2300 students who have participated in one or more of our festivals.

We were very fortunate to have a number of talented men joining me as clinicians and directors, including Chris Peterson, Dave Tautkus, and Brian Philbin. They did a great job working with the young men.

As always, this festival was made possible by generous help from members of the MOH family:

  • Tom Christman and his team handled riser setup and teardown.
  • Ron & Dolores Van Winkle helped with registration and name tags.
  • Jim Holder sold show tickets.
  • Jackie Palmquist distributed and collected all the bow ties and cummerbunds.
  • Mark Clement delivered the stirring voice-over narration for “America the Beautiful.”
  • Bernard Priceman served as MC for the evening show.
  • Doug Maddox provided backstage technical direction.
  • Dan Seymour and Lovell Stoddard brought soft drinks, chips and cookies.
  • MOH members (too many to mention) served as hosts for the schools and helped with logistics and chaperoning throughout the day (including singing the combined numbers with the young men during the afternoon rehearsal).
  • The Harmony Sweethearts helped with serving meals, taking show tickets, selling CDs and distributing show programs.

  • Special thanks go to OC Times, Nightlife and The Westminster Chorus for serving as section leaders and being such great role models for all of the young men. This event simply could not have happened without their talent and generosity.

    And an extra special “thank you” goes to my wife Shellie for helping with many of the behind-the-scenes preparations, delivering the Arby’s sandwiches for lunch, and preparing the always delicious pasta dinner for the faculty and staff on the day of the event.


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