Vocal Revolution, previously Sounds of Concord, has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years as one of New England's top-ranked male vocal ensembles. Our singing is primarily in the barbershop style, an original American musical form combining four-part close harmony with rich melodic sound and lots of emotion. The repertoire includes ballads sung from the heart as well as toe-tappers and swing melodies that instantly put a smile on your face. Our songs range from traditional barbershop to tunes from stage and screen, gospel songs and spirituals, folk tunes, patriotic songs and pop hits. And our performances are usually punctuated by choreography, so you're not just seeing a bunch of guys standing on risers reading sheet music!
We take our craft seriously and enjoy working hard and continually improving, while making time for quartetting and other fun activities. Each rehearsal runs the gamut from highly focused performance rehearsal to informal tag (the ends of songs) and quartet singing.
An important part of our Mission is Youth Outreach, and each year we introduce deserving high school youth to our unique hobby by sponsoring the one day Metrowest Youth Harmony Festival and, along with other barbershop groups in the area, the three day Harmony eXtreme Camp Northeast.
Vocal Revolution performs at civic and private functions all around the Boston area. We've sung at anniversaries, birthdays and block parties, larger scale events such as local business, town and church functions, and even big industry conventions. Our Christmas caroling, special Singing Valentines and Annual Show are seasonal specialties. VR also entertains senior citizens and hospital patients at facilities around the area.
Vocal Revolution is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly known as SPEBSQSA, Inc.). Our members come from all walks of life, but along with over 25,000 across the continent, they share a passion for fellowship, making good music together and entertaining audiences. Vocal Revolution rehearses every Thursday evening at 7:30 at Temple Emunah in Lexington, Mass., and guests are always welcome (see our Rehearsals page for more information).
In addition to our many performances, Vocal Revolution regularly competes against other barbershop choruses at fun local and regional conventions. We have competed ten times at the International level after winning first place honors at the District contest. In summer 2014 we will make our 11th International appearance at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas as we were named Northeastern District champions in October 2013!
Vocal Revolution is also a member of the Bedford, Concord and Lexington (MA) Chambers of Commerce.