The Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival just completed it's 11th year with a BANG! Over 800 vocal students from southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon descended on the Morrison Center for two days, "raising the roof", as is said, to a full auditorium.
The largest such Festival of its kind, students learned from some of the best vocal clinicians the profession has to offer then doubled down with the Gold Medal Champion quartet, Newfangled Four. The evening productions (admission and parking free to the public) showed solid performances of young men and young women's mass choruses plus a tremendous combined chorus with over 400 singers on stage. Renditions of young women's vocals of "The Parting Glass", the young men's enthusiastic vocals of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and the sweet combined song "That Lonesome Road" brought the audience to their feet.
The Newfangled Four flawlessly sang their Gold Medal songs, blending in their special breed of side-splitting comedy that wowed the students and audience.
The Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival for 2019 brings back Deke Sharon, "The father of contemporary A Capella", on-site music director and vocal producer for all 3 of Universal's "Pitch Perfect" movies and producer of "The Sing-Off" worldwide. The Festival will be held September 23rd, 24th & 25th at the Morrison Center, expanding to a three day event to accommodate even more students.
Check out "A Barbershop Workshop With the Boise Chordsmen," an Idaho Life segment from KTVB Television.