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Rhapsody Belle back for Jazz Vespers by popular demand

Rhapsody Belle performs the jazz vespers at St. John’s on Sunday. - submitted photo
Rhapsody Belle performs the jazz vespers at St. John’s on Sunday.
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Rhapsody Belle, an a cappella vocal group, returns by popular demand to Jazz Vespers in North Saanich.

The members of the group are baritone Aaron Scoones, mezzo soprano Katy Kerr, soprano Alana Johnson, alto Kristi Sihota, bass Taylor Holmwood and tenor Andrian Szewczyk.

Scoones was born to a family of musicians in Victoria and is pursuing a career as a sound engineer. As a vocalist he has studied with Louise Rose and at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston where he also discovered a love of recording and producing music.

Kerr began her singing career as a mustached policeman in Pirates of Penzance at 12 years old. Recently she interned with the Victoria Jazz Society and the Victoria Symphony and currently teaches musical theatre and singing with the Victoria Choral Society. She also has a bachelor degree in music business and studied under recording artist Vijay Singh at Central Washington University.

Johnson, a graduate of the University of Victoria’s music education program, was born and raised in a musical family in Victoria.

Sihota, after completing a bachelor of education at UVic, teaches music to elementary school students.

Holmwood divides his time between Rhapsody Belle, various other vocal ensembles, and a UVic percussion performance degree.

Szewczyk was born into a Ukrainian family in Winnipeg. and was immersed in music and Ukrainian dance from a young age.  He has become a master of complex vocal harmony.

They perform Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.  in St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Rd.

There is no admission fee; an offering will be taken. For more information email bernadettegreene@shaw.ca.

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