Friday June 6 – Sunday June 8, 2014
Crieff Hills Retreat and Conference Centre
7098 Concession 1
R.R. # 2
Puslinch On N0B 2J0
During the weekend the boys will take part in workshops, clinics, and performances based around A Cappella singing, leadership, and music.
Harmony Explosion Camps are weekend retreats for young men who love to sing. They focus on developing skills in leadership, as well as good singing technique. Students will take part in a series of workshops and clinics run by some of the top vocal coaches and music teachers in the province. There are currently 16 Harmony Explosion Camps that take place annually across North America. These camps are attended by almost 2000 young men every year.
Manny Lopez- a native to San Antonio Texas completed his Vocal Music Education degree from Texas State University –San Marcos. While at Texas State he was classically trained as a lyrical tenor and took voice lessons under Cheryl Parrish. I am part of the Barbershop Harmony Society for the past 10 years where I currently hold a position as an International Youth in Harmony committee member, director of Youth in Harmony for the Southwestern District, Director of the San Antonio Chordsmen and Director of the Southwestern Districts Youth chorus “The Young Guns”. I have been a competitor on the international stage 9 out of my 10 years with Choruses and quartets. Some of those include: The Heart of Texas Chorus, Collegiate quartet Varsity (2009), Exclamation quartet (2012) and the most recent 13th place finished The Marcsmen (2013).
Shawn Oakes is the head of music studies at Brantford Collegiate (BCI) and is the director of the Ontario Youth A Cappella Chorus. He runs one of the most successful high school barbershop choruses with just over 40 members. Shawn has a variety of choral background in several different styles.
Robert is a long time barbershopper, and an alumni of the Ontario Youth A Cappella Chorus. He is the current choreographer for the O YA Chorus and part of the presentation team for the International Gold Medalist Toronto Northern Lights. Robert has recently accepted the role of Vice President of Youth In Harmony for the Ontario District.
Barry Towner has been an integral part of the Ontario Barbershop community for nearly 40 years. He is a multi-time medalist with the Scarborough Dukes of Harmony and the Toronto Northern Lights, as well as an International quartet participant and International Seniors Quartet medalist. Barry is a certified presentation judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society and the co-founder of the Ontario Youth A cappella Chorus. He is currently the president of the Ontario District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Sharon Towner has been involved with barbershopping for many years. She is a member of the North Metro Sweet Adelines, four time International Chorus champions of Sweet Adelines International. An accomplished performance coach, she co-founded the Ontario Youth A cappella Chorus with Barry
‘Shoptimus Prime was formed in the fall of 2011, when university students Seth Bocknek, baritone; Michael Black, lead; Mike LaScala, tenor; and Tom Mifflin, bass, decided to get together and share their love for barbershop singing. Since that time, they have developed into one of the top collegiate quartets in North America. ‘Shoptimus Prime won the Ontario District Quartet Championship in the fall of 2012, and shocked the Ontario barbershop community by becomgin the youngest quartets to win. ‘Shoptimus Prime has represented the Ontario District at the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest in Portland, and Toronto, and will once again be competing in 2014 in Las Vegas.