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The Heartbeats

LuAnn Thibodeau

When you think of heartbeats, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is not a musical group. But maybe it’s time to find out about that very thing. 

The Heart Beats is an a cappella group that began a bit over a year ago (June 2022). Allie Coes started the group by posting something on Facebook, saying that a new group was forming and that they were looking for members who were interested. 

The Heart Beats is made up of parents who meet for rehearsals in Sterling. Most of them sang in a cappella groups in college and longed for that camaraderie again. But there are also those who have never sung before, as well as those who were music majors in college, so the skill levels run the gamut. There are currently thirteen members of the group- two men and eleven women. A round of auditions will be conducted after the first of the year, so that those who might be interested in joining will have the opportunity to see what The Heart Beats is all about, while showcasing what they have to offer to the group. 

Due to the members being parents, sometimes other things interfere with practice sessions. And sometimes there are additional “members” who come to the rehearsals- ie kids (maybe the next generation of the group). 

The group sings a wide variety of music- ranging from pop to folk and recently added a song by the Indigo Girls to their repertoire. One of the group’s arrangers is really into folk music, so there will be new and exciting songs to also be added. 

The Heart Beats will be hosting their debut concert on Sunday, December 3rd, at 3 pm, in The Harrington Performing Arts Center at The Bancroft School in Worcester. There will be a special guest group at the show- the a cappella group Tonal Eclipse. There is a $10 suggested donation, and cash as well as Venmo will be accepted. 

So, if you need a break from holiday shopping, or perhaps from too much eating and leftovers from Thanksgiving, then make it a point to be at the concert on December 3rd.  Bring family and friends and start a new holiday tradition. It promises to be an exciting time filled with wonderful music. What a great way to make memories while listening to some great local talent. Want to hear a clip or two of The Heart Beats? You can check them out on Instagram at The Heart Beats_acapella, and on Facebook at Heart Beats A Cappella.