If you find yourself walking past Hill Hall on Saturday evening, stop and listen for the rich sound of 150 tenor and bass voices singing the music of John Legend, Josh Groban and Psalm 98.
This eclectic repertoire is the centerpiece of the 2020 All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival final concert, which will take place in the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.
The UNC Glee Club (Tenors and Basses) has hosted ACIMCF for over 15 years. The two-day-long annual event allows low-voiced choir singers from North Carolina high schools to learn, rehearse and perform music alongside the Glee Club.
Glee Club tenor and co-All-Carolina coordinator Josh Hawkins said he enjoys how the festival lets the college singers function as role models for the high schoolers. Hawkins also said he appreciates getting to share the experience of singing in a large choir with participants who may not be able to otherwise.
“And that’s what I kind of get out of it," Hawkins said. "I like seeing my past self and being able to help them and be a role model to them, and that also makes me more aware of what I’m doing, of what I’m singing and how I’m singing, and how I can change to be a better role model.”
Glee Club bass Evan Bellamy said the high schoolers have a day and a half to learn multiple pieces.
“Learning that music in such a short amount of time can be a little daunting,” Bellamy said. “And that’s kind of where the members of the Men’s Glee Club come in and help with being a positive role model.”
Music professor Dan Huff, founder of ACIMCF and longtime director of the UNC Glee Club Tenors and Basses, said the festival aims to break down the gendered stigma that surrounds male singing. Huff said boys are raised believing that it is not appropriate for them to sing.
Huff said this festival is trying to do away with that notion.