Blue Plate Special is the assumed name of The Encore Singers, Inc, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-service-oriented show choir.
Blue Plate Special is a small show choir that performs 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s radio and broadway hits every Spring. Every December, we do a Christmas show. In addition to singing, we also perform choreography and some short comedy sketches. The ensemble performs at retirement homes, community events, and benefits for causes the Encore Singers wish to support. Successful passing of an audition is required for membership.
There are a number of choirs in the area that sing, more than likely, with a piano as the only form of accompaniment. They may or may not use music during performances and the music that they sing is typically traditional. We have nothing against that kind of choir but that is not our style.
Our music is primarily from the radio hits of the 40s through the 70s and Broadway shows, and we use accompaniment tracks that have an entire band or orchestra in the mix. We use less vibrato than other choirs in the area and we sing a lot of jazz chords. Our shows and rehearsals are fun. We use choreography in some of our songs and the choreography is somewhat involved at times and basic at other times. We also use comedy in our performances and most of us are "hams" at heart...we love to entertain!
Erik has been singing in the Encore Singers since his father founded the group. Erik studied Choral Music at UNCG where he performed in the show choirs, Men's Glee, and Chorale every semester. He also enjoyed singing with the Spartones during his time there. After college, he ended up singing in over 40 weddings (a lot of friends got married), he was a vocal coach, a studio singer, studio engineer and producer, and has sung in various groups at church in addition to singing barbershop with the General Assembly.
Erik loves to have fun during rehearsals and will often make jokes during rehearsals for his own amusement.