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Vocalist returns home for a cappella extravaganza

FORMER Eastern Shore resident Steph McCorkelle, formerly Steph Monk, has returned to Hobart as a member of The Velvetones to lead a youth a cappella workshop in June.

On 5 June, Youth A Cappella Hobart Tasmania (YACHT) will be hosting a youth workshop for people to learn how to sing a cappella and then perform on the Theatre Royal stage that evening as part of the concert ACAFEST.

One of Australia’s leading female jazz quartets, The Velvetones, will act as coaches and perform with the youth singers on stage.

As one of its members Ms McCorkelle was born into a musical family, with her father Ken Monk and mother Pam Monk having both been long time music teachers on the Eastern Shore.

After she finished school, Ms McCorkelle joined the Royal Australian Navy as a soloist, having countless opportunities to perform nationally and internationally.

A highlight of her career was performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

She has also performed at ANZAC ceremonies at Gallipoli and in Belgium.

YACHT musical director Aaron Powell said Ms McCorkelle and the rest of The Velvetones would bring a wealth of experience in singing and performing to the youth at the workshop.

“They’re really good with young singers in building confidence and giving them performance tips,” he said.

“It’s also quite inspiring when you have someone who is from your area and you see where they have got to through their singing.”

YACHT aims to give young singers the opportunity to sing in harmony and learn a range of a cappella styles through working, sharing and performing together.

Mr Powell said there were various benefits to learning a cappella singing.

“Singing in harmony is really good for teamwork, and it’s a really good social environment, so you can make lots of friends,” he said.

“It improves your overall physicality as well, so if you play an instrument, singing at a high level at a cappella improves instrumental skills as well.”

The youth workshop will be held at the Hobart City Church of Christ on 5 June from 9:45am to 3:30pm.

The concert will be at the Theatre Royal at 7:30pm.

To register for the event, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/voices-in-harmony-youth-a-cappella-revolution-tickets-150684532493

Registrants must be between 15 and 25 years plus at the time of the event.

For more information, visit https://www.yacht.org.au/events, email yacht@aapt.net.au or phone 0474 224 667.