Tickets for the Vocal Point concert in Coeur d’Alene sold out on Nov. 4 – but that doesn’t mean the local host of the event has stopped hearing from Inland Northwest residents still holding out hope.
The show on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the campus of North Idaho College has been marketed for months by the Spokane chapter of the BYU Management Society with promotional material in many of the LDS buildings throughout the region. Events Chair Shaun Brown of the Spokane Valley Stake says the interest has been encouraging – even after the last ticket was sold.
“We are thrilled at the response from the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene region,” Shaun said. “Emails and phone calls have been constant with individuals hoping there are still a few tickets to be had.”
The concert features the internationally renowned ensemble of nine vocalists from Brigham Young University – sans backup band – as they run through a set list that includes contemporary pop hits, traditional spirituals and most musical genres in between.
Proceeds from the concert will fund scholarships for local high school students and returned LDS missionaries awarded each year by the BYU Management Society. The Vocal Point show is the latest in an impressive series of benefits sponsored by the organization; the list includes LDS-themed movies and appearances by well-known artists like Alex Boye, Michael Ballam and Jon Schmidt.
“The community support for the Vocal Point concert gives us the ability to add about $6,000 to our scholarship fund for students in the region,” Shaun said.
The BYU Management Society has also arranged to have Vocal Point stop by a Young Single Adult fireside on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Spokane Stake Center on the South Hill at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday morning, Vocal Point will also visit two youth conferences in Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene.
“These appearances are all possible because families in the region bought tickets and helped us cover the expenses to bring Vocal Point to town,” Shaun said. “We also have some great sponsors who helped make this event a possibility.”
Those fortunate enough to secure a ticket for Saturday’s concert will witness BYU’s premiere a cappella super chorus known for their amazing harmony and percussion. The group’s signature sound is punctuated by lively choreography and unique personality. In 2011, Vocal Point appeared on NBC’s hit television show, “The Sing-Off,” delivering songs made famous by artists such as Michael Buble, Fred Astaire and Elvis Presley. Winning a spot in the top five, among 16 groups, they earned accolades for arranging and choreographing their own numbers.
Drawing from a university with over 30,000 students from 125 different countries, Vocal Point has established itself as one of BYU’s most effective ambassador efforts. This year’s cast includes Adam Heimbigner, an award winning vocal percussionist and Devin Flake, the creator of trumpet, saxophone, violin and occasionally human tenor. The group is rounded out with vocalists Trevor Johnson, Andy Nielsen, Parker O ‘Very, Bryce Romney, Scott Shattuck, Jake Tengelsen and Cody Phillips.
“Concertgoers can expect high energy, wholesome lyrics and choreography along with fantastic showmanship,” Shaun said. “When people enjoy the caliber of entertainment brought by Vocal Point, they won’t wait to get tickets next time the BYU Management Society announces an event.”