The Artsy Jumbo | Singer Kevin Thomas balances wildly different genres
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 01:09
Where else but Tufts could you simultaneously be in one group that focuses on Scottish folk songs and one that primarily performs a cappella R&B? Kevin Thomas, a junior, is involved in both the Chamber Singers and S−Factor. He has been singing since ninth grade.
Chamber Singers is the smaller, more select of the two chamber choir groups on campus. It includes an average of 30 people.
After singing in the larger group, Chamber Choir, for his freshman and sophomore year, Thomas has graduated to the more elite group and is enjoying the change. He also joined S−Factor, Tufts’s only all−male R&B a cappella group, just last year.
A lot of practice goes into balancing the two singing groups, but Thomas enjoys the challenge.
“My boarding school tried to make us all really well−rounded,” Thomas said. “I had never sung before, but I just signed up to fulfill an arts requirement. After that first year, I [received] encouragement from the choir director and have been singing ever since.”
The Chamber Singers have two concerts coming up in November, the dates of which will be announced soon. Thomas notes that the group has covered William Schuman and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.
“I’m just a fan of music in general,” Thomas said. Through these wildly different genres, he’s making his mark on the Tufts campus one musical group at a time.