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A Cappella vocal music to be the focus of week-long residency coming to Southeastern Minnesota.

ROCHESTER, MN, - Minnesota masters of a cappella vocal music are coming to Rochester and surrounding communities via a week-long residency from acclaimed Twin Cities vocal band SIX APPEAL.

SIX APPEAL will spend the week (February 26 through March 2) in our local and surrounding elementary schools and libraries in a series of free performances, shedding some light on the history and origin of a cappella vocal music; all leading up to a full-length ticketed concert at the Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall on March 3.


Six Appeal Vocal Band is one of the busiest touring a cappella ensembles in the country. From coast to coast, the group has become known for their vivid musical style, unmatched energy, and playful charm. Their far-reaching repertoire spans a multitude of decades and genres, including Pop, Country, Classic Rock, Jazz, R&B, and much more. If you can imagine it, they can sing it. In 2012, they won the title of National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship, securing their place in the a cappella community. The appeal of these young men enables the group to perform anywhere from college campuses, to State Fairs, corporate functions, community festivals, theaters, K-12 classrooms, and has even brought them into the national spotlight, singing for The 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl live on ESPN.

Six Appeal began as a collegiate hobby in 2006 at Concordia College in Moorhead MN. Performing around campus was a great way to relax from classes, create a new sound on campus, and yes, meet girls. As the group evolved into a professional ensemble in 2010, Six Appeal began to introduce new members, transforming their sound and focus into the current dynamic sextet. WATCH & LISTEN

With members formally instructed in singing and musical composition, and over 75 combined years of musical training and experience, Six Appeal utilizes a diverse arsenal of style and entertainment. In addition, Six Appeal has a passion for spreading their a cappella music to every audience, and an essential aspect of their mission is to empower young singers in their educational outreach program.

There are many musical groups around the country that appear in schools. How many of them do any real teaching? Six Appeal pursues its passion for learning with the Six Appeal Educational Experience. With members carrying degrees in K-12 Vocal/Classroom Music and in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy, Six Appeal uses real educators to administer proven teaching strategies designed to educate the musician and kindle ambition. The Six Appeal Educational Experience doesn’t subject students to a boring lecture, it provides an opportunity for students to interact with a professional vocal band where they will have hands on experiences to develop skills such as critical listening, healthy vocal technique, intonation, and rhythm.

The instructors in Six Appeal guide students through history explaining the origin of a cappella, and the different paths it has taken throughout music history. Each era is supplemented with a live performed example of the style. They teach homophony through Barbershop, polyphony with Palestrina, and explain how Vocal Jazz came about. Participants will hone rhythm skills learning how to beat box, and get a chance to sing real music with the group. WATCH & LISTEN

Six Appeal is: Andrew Berkowitz, Michael Brookens, Reuben Hushagen, Trey Jones, Jordan Roll, and Jonathan Thalmann

In celebration of national Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), SIX APPEAL will spend the week (February 26 through March 2) in our local and surrounding elementary schools. Part of Riverside Concerts' Artist-In-the-Schools residency program which brings world-renowned artists directly to our young people while at school. With General Music and General Arts classes being dissolved and Band, Orchestra and Choir programs being pushed out of the curriculum, Riverside Concerts is committed, by way of our mission, to continue to bring artists to the local schools that will not only spark an interest in musical performance, but also to plant a seed that will help solidify our young people's future as ongoing arts patrons. This program builds community and camaraderie among the students while teaching them the history of different cultures and those cultures' forms of musical art. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, and Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.

School Schedule:

Monday, February 26 - 10:00 AM - Elton Hills Elementary School (Rochester)

Monday, February 26 - 2:00 PM - Bamber Valley Elementary School (Rochester)

Tuesday, February 27 - 9:30 AM - Hoover Elementary School (Rochester)

Tuesday, February 27 - 1:45 PM - Ben Franklin Elementary School (Rochester)

Wednesday, February 28 - 9:30 AM - Folwell Elementary School (Rochester)

Wednesday, February 28 - 1:30 PM - Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary School (Wabasha)

Thursday, March 01 - 9:30 AM - Gage Elementary School (Rochester)

Thursday, March 01 - 1:00 PM - Fillmore Central Elementary School (Preston)

Friday, March 02 - 9:45 AM - Sunset Terrace Elementary School (Rochester)

Friday, March 02 - 2:15 PM - Jefferson Elementary School (Rochester)

SIX APPEAL will also embark on a 5-city Southeastern Minnesota library tour featuring a 60 minute preview of their full-length concert. These mini-concerts are free and open to the general public. Attend the preview and receive a coupon for 10% off your ticket order for the full-length performance at the Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall. Part of Riverside Concerts' Cultural Exchange Network which provides live musical events for citizens of rural communities who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, and Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.

 Monday, February 26 - 7:00 PM - Wabasha Public Library

Tuesday, February 27 - 6:30 PM - Lanesboro Public Library

Wednesday, February 28 - 7:00 PM - La Crescent Public Library

Thursday, March 01 - 7:00 PM - Hokah Public Library

Friday, March 02 - 7:00 PM - Plainview Public Library

The week concludes with a full-length concert featuring SIX APPEAL at the Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 PM. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, Shop Rochester and KXLT Fox 47. GET TICKETS NOW

Single tickets are $23/$21 and can be purchased at Riverside Concerts in City Hall, the Mayo Civic Center and all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone through Riverside Concerts at (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980, or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Riverside Concerts Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. For more information, call (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980 or visit us online at


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Brought to you by the Friends of Riverside Concerts with additional support provided by the Mayo Clinic. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.  This project is made possible in part through funding from the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.