By Ellen Withers
Top of the Rock Chorus presented their “Sing Like a Girl” concert on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock to rave reviews. The diversity of the program, as well as the spectacular award-winning quartets, was a huge hit with the standing-room only audience.
The program highlighted the talents of women of all ages, including members of Top of The Rock Chorus, Peggy Gram Scholarship recipient Megan Ahne, participants in the Young Women in Harmony summer vocal program and guest quartets TITANIUM, The Ladies and Minor League. Andrea Alford, Deputy Executive Director of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the show. Top of the Rock Chorus is directed by Master Director Kelly Causey.
Over the summer, Top of the Rock Chorus offered a program open to young women to encourage musical education in the barbershop art form. Tina Kneisler was the music director of the program. The participants, who named themselves the Pebbles, were featured during the concert. Thank you to Emily Armstrong, Gracie Armstrong, Abby Ellis, Callie Messick, Beatrice Nkunga, Clara Principe, Riley Rennels and Sofia Theodore for your participation. Ahne is the first recipient of the Peggy Gram Scholarship, awarded each year to an individual pursuing music at the secondary level. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of the Ozarks and will pursue a graduate degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her dream is to become a professional singer.
TITANIUM is a Dallas-based quartet currently ranked sixth place in the Sweet Adelines International Quartet Competition standings and was awarded the 2018 Novice Quartet Award, given to the highest scoring quartet with at least two members competing at the international level for the first time. They will be competing at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in St. Louis in October.
The Ladies won the 2016 Sweet Adelines Rising Star Competition for young women in New Zealand and have since performed and taught all around the country at various a cappella and barbershop camps. In March, they competed in their first Region 10 quartet competition and won first place, qualifying them to compete at the International Competition in St. Louis.
Minor League won second place in the Sweet Adelines Region 25 Young Women in Harmony Quartet competition in 2018 and 2018 Region 25 Most Improved Quartet. They sing with Basically Treble Chorus in The Colony, Texas, the first Young Women in Harmony Chorus to become a chartered chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
Fifteen-year-old Top of the Rock member, Reilly Principe, was featured in an ensemble called Reilly Principe and The Pretty Girls, formed to highlight her singing talent. Also performing was Top of the Rock’s own quartets and ensembles, Vertigo, Treble in the Village, Roundelay and Heart of the Rock.
A sincere thank you goes to the “Sing Like a Girl” show committee and Show Chairperson Kathy Harkins for all of their hard work to make the evening such a great success.