This morning, BYU’s premier a cappella group, Vocal Point, released a new music video for their popular arrangement of the beloved hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” – a dual effort between Vocal Point and the BYU Men’s Chorus. Featuring a soaring melody, driving rhythms, and a dramatic latin text about ascension into heaven and the flight of the soul, this song has been the talk of every awkward adolescent boy in every high school men’s group the world over.
Best known for taking fifth place on NBC’s third season of The Sing Off, Vocal Point has a strong and loyal fan base. Their most recent studio album, Spectrum, was released early 2014.
According to the official website for the Men’s Chorus:
“The Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus is thought to be the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country. Founded in 1958, it has steadily grown to its present membership of 180 voices, with over 400 annually auditioning for the ensemble. As a result of its versatile literature and engaging performance style, the BYU Men’s Chorus has captured the admiration of audiences throughout the Western United States and beyond.”
The BYU Men’s Chorus consistently performs for sold out audiences all over the mountain west. They were featured in the viral YouTube Video Skyrim: Modern Dovahkiin in February 2012. They are directed by Professor Rosalind Hall, a native of Wales, U.K., and an alumni of London’s Royal Academy of Music and Edinburgh and London Universities. If you are interested in performing with the Men’s Chorus, you can find out audition information for the 2014-2015 school year here.