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Weekly Vocal Confluence rehearsals will move to Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside, beginning with the first rehearsal of 2019 on Monday, January 7.


Rehearsals will still take place from 7:00-10:00 PM on nearly all Monday evenings, with some exceptions due to holidays and other circumstances.


For an up-to-date rehearsal schedule, please visit

Vocal Confluence presents "Music of the Soul" at Heinz Memorial Chapel in Oakland.

March 31, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

Free Admission - No Ticket Required

It has been said that music is the language of the soul. Join VC on an a cappella journey through a series of emotions we all experience to see how music inspires us and helps us to love, worship, grieve, and heal.

Our Artistic Director, Ryan Perrotte, has decided to step down from his position to focus more on his family and other obligations. In just one year, Ryan has left a significant mark on our ensemble by taking us to Total Vocal in New York, introducing us to new styles of a cappella music, and emphasizing the importance of emotionally-impactful performance.

We sincerely thank Ryan for a fantastic year and all that he has done for us, and wish him nothing but the best in all of his future endeavors.

Ryan’s successor as Artistic Director will be Brandon Rauch. Brandon brings to us 10 years of barbershop experience and an unrivaled passion for our art form. We are grateful to have him and incredibly excited to get to work.

Four members of Vocal Confluence attended Harmony University, a week-long, immersive, educational event put on by the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Brandon Rauch, Josh Gongaware, Karl Chapple, and Steve Wyszomierski joined hundreds of singers from 17 countries in Nashville, TN from July 22-29, 2018 and enjoyed learning about all things barbershop. Steve also served on the faculty of the Leadership College.

The weekend before HU, Karl, Steve, and Josh also attended the BHS Leadership Summit to hone their leadership skills and provide input for the Society’s strategic direction.

Vocal Confluence joined 500+ singers from around the globe in New York from March 23-25 for Total Vocal 4, the fourth-annual celebration of contemporary a cappella music hosted by the “Father of Contemporary A Cappella," Deke Sharon.

The event kicked off with two rehearsals with Deke at the helm and culminated with a sold-out performance at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic. The concert was also streamed live on Facebook for worldwide viewing, and remains available for viewing at the following address:

The Pittsburgh Metro Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Vocal Confluence are excited to announce a new operating model, effective immediately, which will better support their commitment to musical excellence and the needs of their members.

Vocal Confluence will now typically rehearse only twice per month on Monday evenings, with these dates announced in advance. The Pittsburgh Metro Chapter will also meet on all other Mondays (except holidays) for additional opportunities to enjoy the singing and fellowship we hold so dear.

For an up-to-date schedule, please visit

Twenty-one VC members will take their talents to the Big Apple in March to participate in the fourth-annual installment of Total Vocal, a three-day celebration of Contemporary A Cappella Music featuring singers from around the world.

From March 23-25, these members will have the opportunity to work with the "Father of Contemporary A Cappella," Deke Sharon, who is most famous for his work as arranger, on-site music director, and vocal producer for the Pitch Perfect film series, as well as worldwide producer of The Sing-Off.

The weekend will culminate on Sunday, March 25 with a 2:00 PM concert at New York's historic Lincoln Center, which will be simulcast on the web.

Vocal Confluence is proud to announce its Second Annual Holiday Show.

We will have two performances, and each will feature an award-winning women's chorus as a special guest, as well as chapter quartets.

Our first performance will take place on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 PM and will feature Greater Harmony Chorus.

Our second performance will take place on Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 PM and will feature Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.

Both performances will take place at Beulah Presbyterian Church in Churchill, PA.

Advance tickets cost only $12 and are available exclusively online at the following addresses: