Choir is mentored by Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix

Kaitlyn Heard, Staff Writer

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The school choirs had the opportunity to be mentored by Avi Kaplan from the acapella band Pentatonix at the Concert Hall at Riverside City College on January 20th.

Both the Chamber choir and the Jazz choir were invited to the event, but it was the jazz choir, along with many other choirs from different schools, that were able to audition for a chance to sing with Avi Kaplan later that night. The Jazz Choir sang “Light in the Hallway” by Pentatonix, and “Fields of Gold by Sting.” Jazz choir did not win; but as a mass choir everyone was able to perform at the concert later that night.

Andrew Stroll, a senior from both Chamber and Jazz choir expressed, “I’m upset, I know we could’ve rocked that song, but I’m not angry we lost. The other group deserved it.”

Before the concert at the end of the day, all the choirs had a workshop with Kaplan and were able to learn about singing and about Kaplan himself. Stroll explained how his favorite part was the question and answer session with Kaplan.

“Fun fact about Avi is that he can sing overtones; which is he sings one note, and then a second note can be heard above that first note,” said Stroll.

Mina Durant, a junior in Jazz Choir mentioned, “My favorite part was getting to spend time with avi and getting to work on my music skills with a professional.” Both Durant and Shroll explained how they were taught how to sing lower by Kaplan in the workshops and both found him to be a “cool dude.”

Shroll closed by adding, “This situation with Avi allowed me to realize how much I love music and how it doesn’t have to be the stereotypical record deals and albums. You can just get a bunch of friends together and sing cover songs. That’s pretty much how Pentatonix was started.”

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Choir is mentored by Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix