WGBH is proud to present Sing That Thing!, a local series showcasing New England's best amateur singing groups in a friendly competition that celebrates the diversity and joy of song making.
Twenty-four groups will be selected to compete in three competition categories: High School, College, and Adult. The singers will perform over eight episodes including a Semi-Final, featuring the top six groups (two from each category), culminating to a grand finale featuring the top group in each category. Locally based luminaries offer performance advice in one minute "Master Class" segments.
The series features three on-air coaches who will provide constructive feedback to the groups and determine which will move on to the finale: Larry Watson, an educator, lyricist, civil rights activist, and professor at Berklee College of Music; Annette Philip, a vocalist, composer/arranger, and faculty member at Berklee College of Music, winner of the 2014 National Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Championship with her quartet, Women of the World; and Jared Bowen, WGBH News Executive Arts Editor and host of Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Boston television's only local arts series.
Anthony Trecek-King is the president and artistic director of the award-winning Boston Children's Chorus. While under his direction, the chorus won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the White House in 2013. Trecek-King also works with other choirs across the country. Collaborations with famous conductors and musicians include John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Yo-Yo Ma, to name a few. He has presented two talks for TEDx Boston, and has hosted “Together in Song,” on 99/5 WCRB.
Jared Bowen is currently the host of the weekly television series Open Studio With Jared Bowen, where he offers glimpses into the creative process of artists and performers. Bowen regularly contributes to WGBH’s Greater Boston, and can also be heard on Boston Public Radio, and 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition, covering the local arts and culture scene. He is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association, which recognizes significant achievement in Boston Theater.
Annette Philip is an Indian vocalist, composer, and choir conductor. She is currently an assistant professor in the Ensembles Department at Berklee College of Music. She is the founder and director of Berklee Indian Ensemble and Co-Founder of Berklee India Exchange. She is a core vocalist and the creative director of Women of the World, winners of the 2014 National USA Acappella Champions. She has collaborated with grammy-award winning AR Rahman, Philip Bailey, Buster Williams, and Victor Lewis to name a few.
Larry Watson has been at Berklee guiding young musicians for several years. He is the owner/operator of Save Ourselves Productions. An expert in Motown music, Watson’s talents have earned him compliments from the legendary Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy, who signed such artists as the Temptations, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder: “First, I want to say as great as Motown was, if we had Larry Watson it would have been even better… it would have been amazing.” Watson has performed for President Obama, former Gov. Deval Patrick, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.