Vocal Point prepares for performance

Photo by Janelle Patterson Tyler Hartline, left, Nathan Smith, left center, and Bayden Hoblitzell, right center, provide bass, beatbox and tenor accompaniment as Mikayla Tucker, right, belts out Reba McIntire’s “Turn On The Radio” during rehearsal.

MARIETTA — After an invigorating camp week in July and weekly rehearsals in the choral room at Marietta High School, Vocal Point will debut its fall set.

“It’s a fresh start with a new level of excitement coming out of camp,” senior Tyler Hartline, 17, said. “We have a fresh group, a lot of new singers as well as a lot of experienced ones and just this will and desire to do great things over the course of the year.”

Vocal Point is the high school’s A cappella group and its set list varies from country to pop to other sounds that can be made solely with the singers’ imaginations and bodies.

“There’s really something for everyone in multiple genres,” said Caleb Boersma, 15, who will enter his sophomore year this month.

New this year are a fresh crop of freshmen, too.

Scott Reider, the founder and former director of the Marietta Children’s Choir, returned from Columbus this year to teach at the high school level.

“They’re pretty fantastic,” said Reider of his new high school flock. “We came out of camp knowing each other really well and with over half of them being new and I’m new, we really came together. And they put in the work and learned all seven songs in the first set while at camp.”

Hartline said the beauty of A cappella, of which he is in his fourth year performing, is that a pop or country song can sound so incredibly different from the original tune.

“So even if you don’t like pop, each a cappella performance is so different you might really like this rendition,” he added.

The group is made up of 16 members, all of whom attended a week-long camp in the second to last week of July at Burr Oak Lodge in Glouster.

And with memories and milkshakes, some of the new school year nerves are gone.

“I like that we’re all friends, even when we do so many other things outside of choir,” said Boersma.

The first performance of the season, Music in the Park, at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the gazebo in Muskingum Park in Marietta that night for free.

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