Monday, July 12, 2010
The Midwest Vocal Express male a cappella chorus competed against the best choruses in the world at the annual Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention July 2, 2010, in Philadelphia, PA. and finished in eighth place.
This was the 12th consecutive appearance in the contest by the 50 man Midwest Vocal Express chorus. There are over 800 Barbershop choruses worldwide, and MVE was the only competitor from Wisconsin in the 27 chorus field. Invitations go to high-scoring groups from the previous year’s district competitions. Each chorus presents two songs, scored by a panel of 15 judges. In eleven of the last twelve years, Midwest Vocal Express has placed in the top ten, with three finishes in the top five.
Midwest Vocal Express, known for their “Storytelling through Song” style, brought a “Male Synchronized Swimming – Olympic” theme to the contest.
Previous appearances on the International Stage have seen the MVE as fish in an aquarium, Broadway waiters looking for a showbiz break, green plastic army toy soldiers come to life, penguins at the South Pole longing to go “up North” where it’s warm, and a workshop full of naughty “Pinocchios.”
Past Midwest Vocal Express contest entries are chronicled in the DVD MVEvolution available at http://www.MVE.org.