German Choir Teaches Local Students

By Callan Gray

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 12, 2013 at 12:57 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A German a capella group traveled a long way to give their latest lesson.

Members of the group, Vocaldente, directed Johnson City high school students Friday on various techniques to improve their tone, rhythm and delivery.

The group doesn't use any special effects in performances -- their only instruments are vocal chords.

Local students said they want to learn how to sing better without instruments.

"As a high schooler, we don't usually get to experience percussion sounds with our voice so I think it will be really interesting and intriguing to learn about that," said Morgan Chick, a junior, at JCHS.

"I think I'm going to learn a lot about performing and just really good intonation and singing in tune because an a capella group is fantastic and they are all very good," said senior Micah Neiss.

Members of the group also gave advice about how to succeed as a performer.

"You have to keep the attention during these downs because you will realize there are some days where the intonation is bad, and the rhythm is bad, and all of this stuff, and you have to stick to your material you're working with and to keep your head up," said Johannes Gruber, of Vocaldente.

The European group finished with a personal performance.

The school asked members of Vocaldente to do the workshop after hearing they would be performing at the Goodwill Theater this weekend.

The performance takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday.