Ben Burt has tried to start different singing groups in the past, but for one reason or another they failed. In May he helped to start the Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley. He said he finally feels that he has a dedicated, enthusiastic group of singers and some momentum. The group has seven scheduled performances in the month of December alone.
“I thought that we’d have less performances than we’ve had,” Burt said. “We’ve got quite a few performances coming up. I wasn’t that optimistic. I thought maybe we’d do one or two for Christmas and then we’d have to just carol to people.”
Burt said that a challenge for starting groups like this is finding enough singers. One of the reasons he said he has been able to recruit singers is because of the people he met when he joined the American Festival Chorus.
“The majority of our group is made up of members of the American Festival Chorus,” Burt said. “Not everybody. There’s a few that came other ways.”
But the chorus is still looking for more singers.
“The biggest problem is actually getting enough voices of the right ranges,” said Jonathan Choate, a member of the chorus. “We are extremely heavy on low voices. We need some high tenors.”
Burt said he is optimistic about the future of the group.
“We’re small. We’re not very well known yet,” Burt said. “We’re trying to get our name out there and also try to schedule some concerts so people can see us and get to know us. That’s always a difficulty. Otherwise all you’re doing is rehearsing.”
Choate said he would like to see the group have success stay around for a long time.
“I’d like to see it be a little bit self-sustaining,” Choate said. “There’s a few that are the drivers of the group, pushing it along, providing a little bit of leadership. I’d like to see it reach a point where it sustains itself.”
The group’s main performance will be the Colors of Christmas concert on Dec. 15 at the Why Sound venue in Logan.