Well hello there!
Hello, A Cappella Enthusiasts!
Welcome to our blog, which we hope to serve as a capsule, a narrative, and a chronicle of our ongoing adventure as one of Columbus’ newest acts to the arts community.
Going back to July of 2016, our story begins with the end of another. As all 7 of our members had previously been part of a group called SNAP! Performance Productions, some of us had been together for years working to bring a unique twist on performance art to the Columbus community, be a philanthropic entity and partner to other local organizations, and to find community among our artistically-minded peers. SNAP! was truly a haven for those who work full-time and still love to sing, dance, and create, and a garden to cultivate those loves in our free time.
As all good things must come to an end, SNAP! also came to a close of 14 years of music, fun, and joy. In the process, it also inadvertently brought together 6-1-forte’s founding members. During SNAP’s swan season, several of us began to consider the next step, as many felt that it would be a waste to not continue to pursue our love of art, music and singing together. Out of those conversations came a handful of us who had significant interest.
One of our members, Lad (bass), had a significant amount of time singing a cappella professionally, and another one of our members, Eric (tenor 2), teaches the choir program full-time at Teays Valley High School (and is also currently our music arranger). Alec was the up-and-coming show beatboxer, and Dale (baritone) came from several years of a cappella experience in his undergraduate experience at OSU. Add two lady rock-stars (our soprano Carolyn, who was legit a local rock star from her band days of performing at the Newport; and our alto Jenny, who has years of vocal and theatrical performance experience and whose voice basically sounds like a Disney princess), and one “swing” voice with Drew (tenor 1 / part-time soprano, who is generally a top 40 enthusiast), and you have yourself a 7-piece group.
Those fateful days in July led to some basic goals – who are we (an adult a cappella group who performs and creates music in our free time), what are we about (music, performance, and community), and where do we do our thing (the incredible, peerless city of Columbus). We knew we wanted to fill a niche in the arts community, and with the likes of Pitch Perfect, the SingOff!, and undergraduate a cappella slowly coming to the fore in recent years, we knew this was a neat way to come alongside the “music with our mouths” movement and join the party with a fresh point of view.
As any lover of the arts may have experienced, working full-time and maintaining an active relationship with the arts is no easy task to juggle. We firmly believe that all students of the arts, young and old, have art to give, art to appreciate, and art to partner with throughout their lifetimes. A dream of ours is for fellow artists of all ages in the Columbus community to draw heart from our initiative, and contribute art, inspiration and passion in their own way.
So here we are, a little bit of a year later, in action and hitting the ground running. The first year of our time together has been, in short, a blast! We have had a few chances to perform around Columbus, to build our musical repertoire, and to grow together as a group musically and as friends. We have learned a ton about each other, both in voice and in personality, and about the ins and outs of creating a presence in Columbus as a legitimate a cappella group.
That being said, we have to give a shout-out to the people who have supported us most: our families (especially parents, spouses and even kids), our friends and co-workers, and our previous partners and collaborators from the days of SNAP! It really does take a village, and it’s been a privilege and a blessing to pursue art alongside such an incredible group of people. They say inspired art comes from a real place, from a shared sense of humanity and in that regard we are rich beyond measure.
So this my friends, is the beginning of our story; we are proud, excited, and curious about what the future holds for our little group, but so far the journey has been worth every moment. Stay tuned for more adventures, and keep a sharp ear for more music soon.
Yours, with love,