Source: Sherman Publications

Clarkston group in competition

February 29, 2012

Clarkston High School Vocal Music Department hosts the International Championship of High School A Cappella Great Lakes Semi-Final, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3, in the high school Performing Arts Center.

Clarkston High School’s own Detroit Voice will compete against four other groups from three states in the vocal tournament for the chance to advance to the finals in New York City in April.

Groups sing popular music from Motown to Katy Perry.

“The best way to describe contemporary a cappella music is to imagine your favorite song from the radio and then imagine all of the instruments and instrument sounds produced by only the human voice," said Brian Haverkate, Clarkston High School vocal director. "These groups will amaze you with the sounds they are able to create.”

Detroit Voice includes Sarah Milano, senior, soprano; Mason Van Gieson, sophomore, soprano; Adrianna Fay, senior, alto; Saaja Rayford, senior, alto; Manny Estrada, junior, tenor; Dakota Miller, senior, tenor; Conor Foley, senior, vocal percussion/baritone; Nathan Wilson, freshman, baritone; and Jameson Waterbury, senior, bass.

They will be singing music by Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, and Aretha Franklin.

General admission tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Purchase at the door or in advance at on the "Events" page through Tickets purchased in advance will be held at Will Call on the evening of the show.

For further information contact Haverkate at or visit the Clarkston Choirs website at

– Phil Custodio