Tuesday
Apr012014

Spring Tour 2014

This weekend, April 5th and April 6th, the Hyannis Sound will be making our 19th annual trek to the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. As always, the shows will feature not only current members of the group, but also favorite alumni from years past, as well as (possibly) some brand new group members.

The first performance will be in Woodstock, VT, on Saturday, April 5th at 7:30pm. The Universalist Church directly off the Green will be hosting us for the umpteenth year in a row.

The next day, Sunday, April 6th, we will be performing in the Lyme Congregational Church in Lyme, NH. The church is directly on the green.

We could not be more excited for Tour! It is always one of the highlights of the year, and is a great way to know that we are all one step closer to summer. We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

For more dates, information, and insight, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday
Mar182014

Welcome Hyannis Sound 2014!

Another great weekend of auditions for Hyannis Sound. As always, we gathered the group together in Boston and heard some extraordinarily talented musicians. After cutting an initial pool of approximately 75 people down to 25 candidates, we spent the weekend listening to our final choices for the group. We were blown away by some of the talent that we heard, and our final decision was particularly difficult to make. At the end of the day, we could not be happier with our decisions! Without further ado, the new members of the Hyannis Sound are:

Nick Oberlies

Nick is a junior at Pitt. University. He’s been in almost every ensemble there you can think of. A Cappella groups, chamber choirs, marching band, etc. Nick impressed us with his flawless T1 range and cool tone. He got us hysterically laughing during auditions and will be a fun guy to get to know really well.

 

Alex Spears

Alex is a sophomore at UVA and sang with the Hullabahoos there. We absolutely loved his genuine personality, his infectious smile, and his bright, pure voice. He will absolutely be a leader in the talk about realm sooner rather than later. This is a great young voice that Cape audiences will get to know really well over the next few years.

Check out this version of Love Me Again by John Newman that Alex solos on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q83b2miwrDE

 

Nick Cafero

Our second Nick on the list is from the UVA “Hullabahoos” where he served as president for two years. Nick brings a very mature and genuine personality to the group. He has a great look, and an honest heart. Even though he’s a preppy dude from Connecticut, he has a cool southern flare to his solo voice. Can’t wait to sing with him. Here’s a really cool version of Nick singing Wake Me Up by Avicii.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTCpGdgNC7Y

 

Mike Leona

Mike is a junior music education major from CCSU and directs CCSU's Divisi. A super fun guy to hang out with and very personable, Mike is going to be one of the utility men of the summer. Primarily a baritone, he can falsetto high tenor and sing a little bass. Truly a great asset to have in the group. Check out this arrangement and solo by Mike. This is his version of American Woman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qw8Q2aZHJI

 

Nick Cipriano (3rd Nick if anybody was counting)

Nick is a sophomore from Marist college. Nick has a nice resonant bass sound and will help round out the low end perfectly. Nick has an infectious personality. He’s a tall Italian kid from Long Island that can talk for days if you let him. We had a blast hanging out with him and we can’t wait to tap into his true potential. Here’s him singing a version of “Your Man” by Josh Turner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ONTurqvqo

 

Chris Puchi
Chris is a senior at MIT studying computer science. He has a quiet voice, but he's got smooth soulful runs for and is a great musician. He really impressed us with his soulful rendition of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”. He’s originally from Venezuela so he comes to cape with a natural tan and a great smile. Perfect fit. Check out this version of “Hollywood’s Not America” that he did with the Logs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVdef9w6EzY

 

Jon Smith

Jon, the MD of Delaware's Vocal Point, is an unbelievable arranger, vocal percussionist, and utility man with a really incredible voice. Jon is a senior but is planning on pursuing music outside of school. He was very down to earth and we’re so excited to have him on board.  Listen to this awesome rendition of “Light ‘em Up” by Fall Out Boy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epVrPfoHV4Y

 

In addition to our amazing new members, Andy, Devon, and Sean will all be returning to Hyannis this summer. We are incredibly excited to get singing on Cape and could not be more thrilled with our new additions this year! Get ready for a summer that's going to knock your socks off!

For more dates, information, and insight, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday
Feb122014

2014 Audition Deadline Approaching

Hi everyone!

We are thrilled to be receiving audition videos for Hyannis Sound Sumer 2014!  We can't tell you enough how excited this gets us for the upcoming summer season.  We wanted offer a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit a video is approaching in a couple of days (Monday Feb. 17th, 5PM).  If you have any questions, take a look at our audition guidelines below or email our Music Director, Noah Michael Berg. 

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AUDITIONS GUIDLINES

Shoot a one-take video of yourself, featuring the following:

1. A brief introduction telling us who you are, where you're from, and what you do.

ex: Hi, I'm Liam Hocken.  I'm 20 years old and from Lincoln, Nebraska.  I'm currently a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major at Penn State University where I sing Baritone with the Tempo Tantrums...[You are encouraged to share anything interesting about yourself as well...talents, achievements, etc.)

 

2. A brief range check: warm up on ah "Ah" vowel, do something from your choir/group, or whatever works best for you. Go up and down to give us a feel of what your range is and what your tone sounds like.

 

3. A verse and a chorus of a song that you feel best shows off your talents with no accompaniment! Getting a starting pitch is fine, but we want to hear how you sound on your own!

 

4. Keep video at 5 minutes please, and upload to YouTube with video set to UNLISTED (This is very important. We will not consider videos that are public)

 

5. Send the link for the private video over to hyannissoundauditions@gmail.com with the subject line: "YOUR NAME, Audition Video," and please include in the body where you go to school, what year you are, what group (if any) you belong to, and any additional experience you think would be a bonus to your audition.

 

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A couple of things that this video IS NOT:

1.  THIS IS NOT: Your complete audition.

We will be calling back auditionees to come in for a weekend of auditions, date TBA, in Boston. We value seeing you in person! We will do our best to notify you as soon as possible about the callbacks so that you can get your travel plans in order.

 

2. THIS IS NOTA studio-quality recording/song, or recording from a previous concert or performance

The video quality doesn't have to be amazing, we just ask that it's good enough to hear your voice. And please, no different takes. We want one take all the way through.

 

3. THIS IS NOTScary.

We want to see as many auditions as possible. That's why we're adding this video component, so relax and have fun!

 

Audition requirements:

 

  1. You must be auditioning between your senior year of high school and your senior year of college
  2. You have to be available to live on Cape Cod with the group between (roughly) May 20th to August 25th
  3. You must make the commitment to the group for at least two summers

 

As long as this works for you, we'd love for you to try out!

 

 

Questions? Email Noah, our Music Director or Email Marc, our Business Manager.

We're looking forward to hearing you!
For more dates, information, and insight, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday
Jan162014

Winter Tour Recap

We would like to thank all of our fans who came out and supported us on Cape Cod this past weekend for our 2014 Winter Tour.  Whether you were able to make it or not, we are so lucky for all of your support.  Without you, things would not be the same.  Thank you to our friends and family - near or far - you mean the world to us!!

If you would like to hear more of us, we are on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube!  Stay tune for our audition posts and announcements as well as our SPRING TOUR schedule which will take place in the month of April.

 

It is such an amazing feeling getting to sing our hearts out for all of you - we are so excited and look forward to bringing you more music, love, and memories in the months ahead (HURRY UP, SUMMER!!! JUST GET HERE ALREADY, OKAY?).

 

Love,

 

The 2013-2014 Hyannis Sound

Saturday
Jan112014

Audition for Hyannis Sound 2014

It’s that time of year -- AUDITIONS for the Summer 2014 season on Cape Cod!  We’re auditioning all male voice parts throughout the weekend of Friday, March 14th in Boston, MA. 

 Here’s how to audition:

We would like everyone interested in auditioning for the group (near or far!) to kindly submit a brief 5-minute video to us (details below) by February 14, 2014.  This video merely be a preliminary audition.  If we think it would be beneficial for you to make the trip to Boston for the other portions of the audition process, we will let you know as soon as possible so you can plan the fun-filled weekend in advance.

Hyannis Sound Video Submission Guidelines

 Try to keep the video around 5 minutes

- Intro: Tell us briefly about yourself

- Warm up and down starting on any major scale (syllable suggestion "ah" or "mah"). This will help us determine your range and voice part.

- Selected solo piece: Pick a song that you feel comfortable singing and feel best shows off your voice and/or you as person and performer.

 

Other Considerations:

- Record indoors in a quiet, controlled environment

- Make sure to test your camera's microphone level before recording. Listen back before sending it in.

- Have fun!

 

How to submit:

- After you have finished taping yourself, please upload your audition to YouTube. (Here's a YouTube support link on how to upload a video: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57924?hl=en). Once you have loaded the video, please set the privacy to Unlisted so that only this with whom the link has been shared may view the videos.

- When the upload is complete, please send the link to hyannissoundauditions@gmailcom

- We will reply to your e-mail to confirm your submission.

Questions? E-mail our Musical Director, Noah Berg, at noahberg23@gmail.com. Thanks guys, we're looking forward to hearing you!