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Konkle Quartet-- homeschool brothers from Pennsylvania singing barbershop quartet music!
Editor's Note from Susan Richman: One of the delightful student performances at our June 2011 PHAA Central Pennsylvania Homeschool Graduation Ceremony was the Konkle Quartet, singing original arrangements of gospel music in barbershop quartet style-- Hunter Konkle, the eldest son, was one of the graduates. I spoke with the family afterwards, asking how the boys had developed their amazing skills, hoping to share their story with all of our readers. I was so pleased to receive in the mail this week both a professionally made CD of the quartet, and the following newspaper article from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette about the mission of the boys. If you might like to inquire about purchasing one of their two CD's, please call the family at 570-368-7577. I know their amazing music will be an uplifting inspiration to many homeschooling families!
Though barbershop music has waned in popularity, four Montoursville brothers, ages 10 to 17, are keeping the genre alive in the name of the Lord.
Known as the Konkle Quartet, Hunter, Walker, Rider and Parker Konkle have spent the last four years singing together at area churches and events.
"Conservative music for a conservative generation" is how Hunter Konkle, 17, described the group's material of older spiritual style hymns such as "I'll Fly Away," "Be Thou My Vision" and "For the Beauty of the Earth."
All of the arrangements the brothers perform are four-part harmony and sung a cappella. Together, the brothers perform an average of 30 to 40 times a year.
The group has produced two CDs, one in 2008 and the second in May. The latter is available at the Hallmark store in the Loyal Plaza.
"We just love doing it," Hunter Konkle said. "We love seeing people's faces. It's a blessing."
The brothers got started simply by "goofing around" at home one day, trying to imitate the sound of a professional barbershop quartet, said their father, Craig Konkle, adding they always have had an ear for music.
Hunter Konkle said performing is a fun ministry and putting the songs together comes easily for the quartet.
"To take a song and make new harmonies is a lot of fun," he said, noting they seldom write down the arrangements and keep only the lyrics in front of them when they perform.
While the boys enjoy reforming, their primary purpose is to serve the Lord.
"Ultimately, their desire is to serve the Lord," Craig Konkle said, "to glorify the Lord with their music."
[for the full article, please see this link ]
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