Counterpoint was founded in June of 2016 by our Musical Director, Prentice V. Clark. What makes us different is that all of our arrangements are ORIGINAL, written by our Director, based upon existing popular songs which inspire us. Prentice's arrangements are complex and challenging; we choose songs with catchy melodies and interesting harmonies, some well-known and some more unusual.
Our repertoire includes "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac, "Turning Tables" by Adele, "The Man" by Taylor Swift, "Armor" by Sara Bareilles, and "No Excuses" by Meghan Trainor, among others.
Much of our music is performed a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment). However, some of our songs feature guest musicians who play with us, including Kevin Calabrese (from the band Paid Vacation) on electric bass. We're also working on adding other instruments to some of our selections, and incorporating original songs into our repertoire as well.
Plus we're always looking for new and innovative twists to add to our songs. For example, we've incorporated hand-held Latin percussion into the song "No Roots" by Alice Merton.
We are a talented group of women who love singing together. Our members have extensive experience in vocal ensembles, in both popular a cappella groups and classical choirs. We strive for accurate pitch and seamless blend as we interpret the snappy rhythms and rich harmonies of our songs.
Prentice Clark, Musical Director
Prentice V. Clark has a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Wesleyan University. As a sophomore at Wesleyan, she taught herself how to arrange music for voices and founded an all-female a cappella group called Onomatopoeia. She has also sung in many classical choirs, from high school through college and afterward; she was a soprano in the classical ensemble Cerddorion in New York City for several years in the early 2000s. She also served for a year as the director of the jazz and pop a cappella group Uncommon Chord in NYC, where she continued to hone her craft in vocal arranging. In 2016, she decided to start a women's singing group closer to her home in Chappaqua, using the Meetup website. She is thrilled to lead such a phenomenal group of singers, and relishes the opportunity to arrange new music for Counterpoint.