TheGold Dynamic is an SATBcontemporarya cappella ensembleformed in 2016,primarily consisting of recentlypost-collegiatea cappella singers.The ensemble is a subset of SomersetHillsHarmony, New Jersey’spremiermixed gender all-age a cappellachorus. The Gold Dynamic is also a member of the Contemporary A CappellaLeague.
How do I joinTheGold Dynamic?
Membership in TheGold Dynamichastwocomponents.You need to beaccepted into SomersetHillsHarmony and become a member of the chorus(more on thatbelow).And you have topass an audition for The Gold Dynamic.These can bedone in eitherorder,but it is importanttounderstand that all Gold Dynamicperformersneedtobefullperforming members of the chorus. Auditions are held several times a year. Keep an eye on our website for information or join our email list.
What is thetimecommitment?
Both ensembles rehearsethe 2nd and 4thMondays of themonth (and the 5th Monday if applicable). Gold Dynamicrehearsalsbegin at 6:45 and run until7:45. The fullchorusbeginsat7:15 and goesuntil9:45.GD members join thefullchorusrehearsal at7:45.This way you don’thaveto worryaboutadditionalrehearsalnights.
Whatkindof songsdoyou sing?
TheGold Dynamictendsto focus mostly on contemporarypop/rock with a funmix of styles and rhythmswithin thegenre.Thefullchorussings a muchbroaderrange,including contemporary,Broadway,doo-wop,barbershop,traditionaland more.
If SomersetHillsHarmonyisgiving a concert, it is likelythatTheGoldDynamicwill beperforming.ButTheGold Dynamic will also beabletosetitsown separateconcertschedule as well,whether as guestperformersatanotherevent, and independentlybookedgig, etc.
Whatresources are provided?
Theensemble is professionallycoached. We will havesheetmusic and try tohaveinstrumental audiotracks at a minimumfor each song,withpartsemphasized.Allsongsthat are sung by the fullchorusutilizeprofessionalvocallearning tracks.
Are there any othercommitments I need to know about?
Beginning in 2020, the fullchoruswillbe competing1-2 times per year inadjudicated Barbershop Harmony Societycompetitions. It is our aim to be an internationallyrecognized elite mixed chorus, and to eventuallycompeteat thenational/international level.
What is thefinancialcommitmentformembersof SHH and the Gold Dynamic?
Allmembers of SHHand GD are members of the SomersetHillschapterand willberequired tobeBarbershop HarmonySociety(BHS)members.
A fewkeynotesaboutmembership feesformembers of SHH:
Chapterduesaddress our direct operating expensessuch as rehearsalspace, music,directors, and so on. SHHdues are currently$40/quarter or $150/year if paid in full.SHHduesarewaivedfor fulltimestudentsandactive militarypersonnel.Financial hardships for SHHdues will beconsideredand kept confidential. We do not want chapterdues to keep you fromsinging!
BHSannualdues are $169(ofwhich$25goestothedistrict).Theseduesarewaived for anymembersunder the age of 26for the firstyearandhalfpricefor followingyearsuntilthey reach26yearsold.Thereis a one- time $10enrollment fee.TheBHSdues can bepaidmonthly via credit card or directdebit which spreadsout the financial impact. BHSmembershipprovidesSHH and itsmembersmany great benefitsincluding insurance,leadership support and a widecommunity of peers.
Noadditionalduesarerequired to be a member of the Gold Dynamic. It is expected that the Gold Dynamic will generateindependentperformancerevenuethat may exceed its specificexpenses. If so, the members of the Gold Dynamicmaybeable to offsettheirfuturechapterdues with theexcess.This is similartohowsomebarbershop quartetsassociated withotherchaptersoperate.
TheBarbershop HarmonySociety (BHS)preservesand extends the reach of a uniquelyAmerican closeharmonymusical artformwhoseroots lie in African-American improvisation and Europeanharmonytraditions.Headquartered in Nashville,Tennesseesince2007, thisnonprofitorganizationprovidesactiveprogramsand resources in musiceducation,publishing,performance,andcommunityoutreach. With 22,000activemembers and affiliateorganizations, BHS comprises a network of nearly80,000singersworldwide.
ContemporaryA CappellaLeague (CAL)
CAL is a collective of ensembles thatprovidesresources and supportforcontemporarya cappellagroups.The websitelistsdozens of memberensembles,including TheAlexandriaHarmonizers(BHS),whohave a small ensemblecalled“TBD.” Theboard of directors of CALincludesDekeSharonand many otherprominent a cappellavisionaries. In a way, CAL is similar to the early days of theBarbershop HarmonySociety in fostering a communityfora cappella singing to flourish. In theirownwords: Themission ofCAL is to spreadharmony throughharmony byhelping peopleform,join,and maintaincontemporary a cappella singing groups,and to provideperformingopportunities, education,motivation,and accolades,whilehelping growtheadult a cappella communityacross the globe.