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Deke Sharon to emcee Maui Barbershop Festival

By Staff | Dec 7, 2017

Youth from across the island will join Deke Sharon for an afternoon of coaching in preparation for the concert.

WAILEA – On Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wailea Marriott Beach Resort Ballroom, Deke Sharon of the “Pitch Perfect” movies and “The Sing-Off” will emcee the first Maui Youth Harmony & Na Mele A Cappella chorus concert, featuring the 2014 International Gold Medal Barbershop Quartet Champions, Musical Island Boys, of New Zealand.

The Maui Barbershop Festival is bringing singers to the island from all over the world for an educational immersion experience in this unique four-part harmony style.

Youth from across the island, including students and teachers from King Kekaulike, Lahainaluna High School, Maui Preparatory Academy, Lahaina Intermediate and Kamehameha Schools, will join Sharon for an afternoon of coaching in preparation for the evening’s joint concert featuring the Musical Island Boys, ambassadors for youth empowerment worldwide.

This final combined performance will also feature Maui singers in quartet formation, all well known to the concert and theater stages: Lisa Paulson, Karen Stavash, Vania Jerome, Bill Kepler, Paul Janes-Brown, Jay Slaughter, Kent Stewart, Kalei Jaramillo (dancing hula) and Debra Lynn, the festival organizer, 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award finalist, Maui Symphony and Maui Pops soloist, and Christine in “Phantom” in the 2003 Maui production.

Maui Barbershop Festival is being presented by Debra Lynn Music, an organization dedicated to lifting the hearts of youth and adults worldwide as they access their authentic voices through song. Lynn is a renowned singer and longtime Maui resident.

An internationally known vocal instructor in the world of competitive a cappella since 2010, Lynn, author of “The Bel Canto Buzz: Beautiful singing made simple!” and a longtime Maui resident, is returning to bring back this fun and family-oriented singing tradition.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; keiki under 12 are free. Self-parking is $5. Tickets are available in advance at Sherri Reeve Gallery & Gifts in Makawao, Kupono Music Studio in Kihei, through the festival website at www.barbershopfestival.org or at the door.

For more information, e-mail barbershopfestival@gmail.com or call (808) 866-9481.