The one question that keeps coming up these days is "how did you find Glenn?".
Last year, we were prepping our big 15th anniversary show and also our Chinatown concert with rehearsals at St. Matthew's Church. In November, as we were tearing down and loading up my car with gear, a gentlemen came out and said "ah you must be one of the a cappella singers, we could hear you". He said he was from the Hillcrest Village Choir and of course I immediately apologized if we had interfered with their rehearsal but he was very polite about it, said not to apologize since they actually enjoyed hearing us, which of course was nice of him to say. We talked a bit and then said our goodbyes.
After the New Year, the search was on for a new baritone in After Hours. Luckily I had remembered that conversation with the gentlemen from the Hillscrest choir and got in touch with their director, Ben. I figured where there was a choir, there would be singers! I told Ben who I was and what the situation was and he gladly invited me to come by to talk to his choir to let them know we were on the search. During their rehearsal they took a break and I met and spoke with some of the guys in the choir. Glenn was one of those guys and he told me I looked familiar, turns out he had been a guest at our 2012 show at the Winchester Theatre and really enjoyed us! Small world.
After rehearsal was done, I asked Glenn to stick around. I asked him to sing Stand By Me, a song he wasn't too familiar with but that didn't stop him. He grabbed the lyrics off his phone, I sang the bass line and he sang the melody and just blew me away with his powerful voice! Our harmony together sounded nice and natural.
We invited him out to an audition soon after that and then the job was his, pretty much instantly. Not only is Glenn a great singer but he's just a natural fit with the other guys in After Hours and an all around gentlemen.
Thank you Hillcrest choir!