Local A cappella group wins big

Palmetto Vocal Project wins district level chorus competition (Josh Braunreuther/WCIV)

By Sonya

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Mount Pleasant-based singing group hit the right note and was crowned{}the 2012 North Carolina/South Carolina District Chorus Champion.

Now the Palmetto Vocal Project is gearing up for an international competition in Toronto this summer.

The Palmetto Vocal Project is a 26-man A cappella group that started just this past September.

"Our main goal was to build an A cappella choir that did different genres of music whether it be gospel, contemporary A cappella, gospel, barber shop, choral and to do it to the best of our ability," said Derek Street, co-director of Palmetto Vocal Group.

The group sings at various events in the Lowcountry, but their most recent achievement was a big one.

"We are one of the few choruses that were able to go and win a district level competition the first year out," said Tom Nawrocki, member of the Palmetto Vocal Project. "This group of guys has worked very hard and the excitement of winning that district competition the first time was just awesome."

The group is very diverse -- there are some members fresh out of school while others are retired. Some have been singing their whole life while others are brand new to the hobby.

"The stars have aligned I think for this group," said Robert Rund, co-director of the Palmetto Vocal Project. "We have certainly a lot of talent, but complimentary set of talents in terms of not only our singing but also working with group blend and the visual package of choreography and presentation and so we happen to have a skill set covered but a number of different members."

The group is not only preparing for upcoming concerts, but also for the international competition in Toronto in July, when they will compete against 29 of the best choruses from around the world.

"It's an entirely different playing field now.{} It will raise our game," said Rund.

The guys are hoping they can make the Lowcountry proud and sing their way to the top.

The Palmetto Vocal Project is always recruiting new members. If you are a male singer interested in joining, the group rehearses Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jones Center in Mount Pleasant.

Their next rehearsal is Jan. 15.