Pitch perfect! — After winning the collegiate a cappella competition for Milliken University, these standout vocalists turned professional and kept on winning: awards, acclaim and concert bookings far and wide. With a repertoire spanning classical to pop, serious to tongue-in-cheek, they’re perhaps most at home with the sacred Christian and holiday favorites they’ll spotlight for Civic Music.
Chapter 6 is a professional, a-cappella ensemble, with a resume of over 1,100 performances across the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong. Comprised of six, male vocalists and one arranger, Chapter 6 is the only vocal ensemble to have won both The International Competition of Collegiate A-Cappella (2001) and The National Harmony Sweepstakes (2004).
Notable appearances include The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center (2006), and FOX Television’s American Idol: Season 7, in conjunction with band mate and finalist, Luke Menard (2008). Their commercial contributions include jingles for UniSource Worldwide and 1000+ Stain Remover. They were awarded “Entertainer of the Year” by APCA college audiences (2005) and “Favorite Jazz Group” by the A-cappella Community Awards (2007). More recently, they’re latest album, “Color by Number,” received the Contemporary A-cappella Recording Award for “Best Jazz Album of the Year” (2012).
Though consistently upfront about their ecumenical faith in Jesus Christ, the members of Chapter 6 produce an eclectic, family-friendly show for mostly secular audiences. Their music consists of a blend of pop/jazz harmonies with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Intimate performances feature a diverse repertoire of American popular music, ranging from Gershwin to Stevie Wonder, plus original songs ranging from comical to personal. Finally, clever medleys entertain music lovers of all ages, including their six-minute version of “The Wizard of Oz,” which earned a Contemporary A-Cappella Recording Award (2005).
Prior to winning their first competition in 2000, Chapter 6 emerged from the choral department of Millikin University in Decatur, IL as an independent, student club. Upon the graduation of several members in 2001, the group took a leap of faith as they entered the professional market in January 2002. A decade later, Chapter 6 has generated over $4 Million in sales, while distributing over 40,000 self-produced albums. They continue to receive awards for their technique, performance, and original arrangements.
Today, Chapter 6 continues to perform, though only for a limited number of exclusive clients each year, including The Symphonic Consortium, featuring Maestro, Jack Everly. As of April 2011, marking 10 years since their first national award, the band moved to part-time status in order to accommodate exciting opportunities for its individual members. Those opportunities include a wide range of services in the music industry, including commercial song writing, sacred music production, choral conducting, band management, theater management, and collaborations with other bands.
Chapter 6 is: Chuck Bosworth, Mark Grizzard, Jarrett Johnson, Luke Menard, John Musick, Nathan Pufall, and A.D. Stonecipher.
A Chapter 6 Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
West High School Auditorium
The program may be drawn from the following songs:
12 Days of Christmas – Traditional English Carol, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Carol of the Bells – Leontovych/Wilhousky, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Christmastime is Here – Guaraldi/Mendelson
Frosty the Snowman – Jerome Kern & Nelson/Rollins, soloist: John Music, arr. by Chapter 6
Got Tell It on the Mountain – Traditional African-American, soloist: Jarrett Johnson, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Charles Wesley, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Martin/Blane, arr. by Mark Grizzard
James Bond Meets the Sugar Plum Fairy – Mark Grizzard, arr. by Mark Grizzard
O Come Emmanuel – Traditional English Carol, soloist: Jarrett Johnson, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Pinball Number Count, Walt Kraemer, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Reverb – Blackwell & Cooley / Chapter 6, soloist: A.D. Stonecipher, arr. by Mark Grizzard
Rise Up Shepherd – Traditional English Carol, arr. by Michael Englehart
Sleigh Ride – Anderson/Parish, arr. by Mark Grizzard
The Wizard of Oz in Six Minutes – Arlen/ Harburg, arr. by Mark Grizzard
This Christmas – Donny Hathaway, soloist: Jarrett Johnson, arr. by Mark Grizzard
White Christmas – Irving Berlin