ShenaniGanns Chosen to Compete in WGBH Sing That Thing!
April 7, 2017
Set your DVRs to WGBH TV on Friday, April 28 at 8:30 pm. when Gann’s a cappella group, ShenaniGanns, competes to win the station’s third annual Sing That Thing! competition. Gann is one of 18 choral groups — six high schools, six colleges and six adult groups—that advanced to round one of the contest, based on audition videos. It’s the second year in a row ShenaniGanns has received this honor.
“For me, this was a once- or twice-in-a lifetime opportunity,” enthused junior Devorah Simon. “It was so humbling to be chosen from so many submissions. At the WGBH studio taping in February, I think we sounded great and looked comfortable and engaged, even though some of us were feeling nervous on the inside.” Four groups from the first round will advance to the next level of competition.
At the WGBH taping, ShenaniGanns performed Ma’oz Tzur — Rock of Ages. ShenaniGanns music director Lisa Jacobs composed a new melody for the Hannukah classic and arranged it for four voices. Jacobs said the taping normally occurs Friday afternoon and Saturday, and that WGBH should be commended for accommodating singers who observe Shabbat. “They scrambled to change the taping schedule for us and created a slot early Friday afternoon,” she explained.
Despite ShenaniGann’s acclaim, Jacobs said the group’s culture is not fiercely competitive. “We’re in it for the simple love of singing, Regardless of whether we advance or not, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.”
Watch the ShenaniGann's perform at the Kol Haneshema concert here