The Music Ministry of Farragut Presbyterian Church is proud to present our annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in our sanctuary and is offered to our congregation and community at no cost. We hope many of you will invite your friends and neighbors to attend this event and experience the friendliness of Farragut Presbyterian Church!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
reVOLution, VOLume and
UT Contemporary Acappella
This concert features three groups from the University of Tennessee:
reVOLution (all female), VOLume (all male), and UT Singers (co-ed).
Collegiate contemporary a cappella ensembles are student-run and directed singing groups that perform entirely without instruments. Such groups can be found at many colleges and universities in the United States, and increasingly worldwide. The Rensselyrics of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (formerly known as the RPI Glee Club), established in 1873 is perhaps the oldest known collegiate a cappella group. However the longest continuously singing group is probably The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, which was formed in 1909 and once included Cole Porter as a member. The first all women’s ensemble, the Smiffenpoofs, was founded in 1936 at Smith College.
College a cappella has grown tremendously since 1980. This growth was fueled in part by a style change of using voices to emulate modern rock instruments, and marked a shift away from the more traditional sounds of the jazz or classical ensembles and glee clubs to contemporary a cappella, with groups focusing on modern pop music, complete with complex textures and a driving beat.
Collegiate a cappella spans multiple genres and styles. Music style and individual group preference mandate a great variety in both in how groups arrange and perform the music. Collegiate groups usually perform with 8-16 members and are generally self-sustaining. These groups often benefit from the talent of non-music majors that have significant experience with music and/or choral singing. Participation in such groups provides both social interaction and creative opportunities for students pursuing other fields of study.