Haunted Harmonies Wants To Teach You To Busk

At the Haunted Harmonies a cappella festival each year, vocal groups trade in the bright lights of the stage for the busy streets of Salem, Massachusetts.

The one-day competition, which returns on Saturday, October 7, encourages its participants to busk (street sing) for part of the day before the evening's professional showcase. As the groups perform for passersby, they are given mini-cauldrons to accept donations from the crowd. 

Along with the "street singing" portion of the festival, the competitors have the opportunity to participate in a panel of a cappella and busking professionals, who will discuss their experience with street performing.

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With acceptance by application, the competition is open to vocal groups of all ages, regions, level, and genre. 

Haunted Harmonies is looking for "eight groups of all types -- academic, professional, semi-pro, any style." Participants have until Friday, September 15, to apply.

2016 Collegiate Winner Berklee "Upper Structure"

The registration fee includes a street performing permit good for the entire month of October and cauldrons will be provided. Groups will rotate around designated busking spots, collecting money in official cauldrons.

2016 HS Winner Danvers HS "Ingrid Sound"

Besides the competition, the festival includes a professional showcase featuring the competition winners and headliners Ball in The House as well as an awards ceremony.  

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For additional information on the Haunted Harmonies events, please visit the schedule page.

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