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Choirs from Sullivan, Orange at ACAPPALLOOZA 2017 Raise $740 for Charity

By Rich Klein - reporter / photographer

By: Rich Klein | Democrat
Roscoe' Ros-ca-ppella
HURLEYVILLE — Student vocalists in choirs from area school districts, and young adults from the Center For Discovery Chorus filled a packed Hurleyville barn on May 22 with gorgeous a cappella music that raised $740 for The Can't Hurt Steel Foundation, which provides assistance to community members in their times of need.
The annual concert, “ACAPPALLOOZA,” has its roots in Liberty and, is currently led by Justin Glodich, head of Choral and Theatre Education in the Eldred School District. ACAPPALLOOZA is now in its eight year but started as the Sullivan County A Cappella Festival in 2010.
Glodich is clearly passionate about the event that was held at the Center for Discovery's state-of-the-art “Big Barn.”
“It (the event) gives the kids an opportunity to see how other kids work, and every year we added to it by donating to charities,” Glodich said.
In past years, the event proceeds went to help One Fund Boston for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as well as monies to help a Sullivan County student with medical issues.

Monday's performance featured The Eldred Key Elements, Roscoe's Ros-ca-ppella, the Valley Central Voxtones and the Center For Discovery Chorus. The song selection was a broad mix that spanned more than 50 years of pop music.
But the Center for Discovery Choir performance of the 1961 hit “Stand by Me” had to be the most poignant of the night, as the group received a prolonged - and well-deserved - standing ovation.
Beth Deyermond, a senior music therapist at the Discovery Center, said members of the Center for Discovery Chorus “were definitely thrilled to be on stage to perform with other high schoolers,” adding that this chorus has been together for about five years.
She said that about 75 percent of people at the Center receive music therapy in some form, and that there are five full-time music therapists on staff.
At the end of the performance, the choirs united for a rousing finale of “In the Still of the Night” originally performed by the Five Satins.

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