By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant
Hear the combined vocal power of high school and college men at an informal concert ending “Real Men Sing,” a one-day workshop offered this Friday by the School of Music and Dance.
“The purpose is to encourage life-long singing, especially among men,” said SJSU Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Benson. “It is also a recruitment tool to get high school guys all over the Bay Area.”
The concert will start at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Music Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The event provides a big brother experience for college men who may not get the opportunity to sing because their school programs are not big enough to have a men’s chorus.
“This gives them a chance to learn some men’s chorus rep, and just be able to sing as a group of men,” Benson said.
Around 375 high school men from 15 to 20 high schools will sing with the men’s choral programs of SJSU and West Valley College, a co-sponsor of the event.
The students will rehearse throughout the morning under the direction of guest conductor and SJSU alumnus Paul Head, director of choral activities at the University of Delaware.
“It’s fun to know that I am actually contributing to someone growing in some sort of way, whether it be music or themselves,” said junior music education and vocal performance student Albert Mabeza
Mabeza’s acapella men’s group, Pitch Please, will premiere at “Real Men Sing.” The group, consisting of 13 guys, plans to tour local high school choir programs.
“We want to show people that SJSU has diversity in a lot of different kinds of music, and we are flexible with our programs,” Mabeza said.