Muse/ique Mission Grows Along With Audience

Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs Muse/ique founder, Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby (front) presents the a cappella group Ember Vocals to children at Hillsides Education Center as part of the nonprofit’s community outreach programs.
Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs
Muse/ique founder, Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby (front) presents the a cappella group Ember Vocals to children at Hillsides Education Center as part of the nonprofit’s community outreach programs.

Although youthful chatter typically fills the halls at Hillsides Education Center, a different sound recently emanated from the foster care facility’s lush grounds — a golden harmony that enraptured some 30 elementary school students, who leaned in, chins in hands, to listen.
An alto’s clear voice rang out, setting the tone for “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and ever so gently, in came the soprano, the tenor, bass and, yep, percussion in the form of a beatboxer. Echoing the song’s title, the a cappella group Ember Vocals deftly transported the kids on a musical journey, the performers surprising them with their unique twist on the original tune’s instruments, made only with their voices. The kids swayed and hummed, tapping the floor to the beat, some displaying their awe of the bass beatboxer who projected percussion so deeply that the vibration bounced off the small library’s walls. Continue reading “Muse/ique Mission Grows Along With Audience”