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The VoiceHouse quartet hit the notes, entertaining 93 attendees on Thursday at Columbus Art Gallery inside local library.

“…Being able to make music with my family and sing for whoever cares to listen, that is a great feeling,” said VoiceHouse member Celeste Ditter, who is also currently the vocal music educator at Columbus Middle School. “I think it’s a big part of who I am. I feel like for all four of us, it’s a big part of all four of us are and having an outlet to do that is very special.”

The singing group consists of retired music educator Fred Ritter and three of his five children, Ditter, Brianna Rerucha and Jacob Ritter. Members practice every week to improve their techniques and to incorporate new songs.

They’ve performed at numerous events such as choral and jazz festivals.

“It’s definitely mostly just a family adventure,” Fred said.

Attendees listened to the group sing acapella versions of approximately 10 songs, including “Sweet Georgia Brown” by Louis Armstrong, “Always” by Atlantic Starr and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Jacob said members never failed to think about Brianna’s 8-month-old daughter, Georgia, when they sing along to their jazz piece, “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

People were seen nodding their heads, tapping their feet and hands following the rhythm and flow of each song.

“Their music sounds good,” said Kelli Keyes, customer service manager at Columbus Public Library. “Their voices blend so nicely. That’s neat.”

This was the first time VoiceHouse performed at the library, which fueled members’ excitements. Fred said it was a much more intimate session as compared to the bigger stages during festivals.

“I think that might draw a different audience and to be able to share your music with people who haven’t necessarily been able to hear it, I really like that,” Celeste added. “It’s nice when your hometown appreciates what you do and wants to share what you do. That’s really cool because there’s plenty of places that don’t necessarily appreciate what’s in town and what they have and to feel like Columbus is supportive of what we are doing is really cool.”

The group was approached by Friends of the Library, a group working toward raising funds for the library, in efforts to attract more people into the library. The foundation also leads and introduces programs for the library.

“It brought in a lot of people,” Keyes said. “It’s awesome.”

Keyes said she was amazed by the turnout and envisioned having more performances in the future, noting events such as this are a good way to attract people to come into the library and see what it has to offer.

“Bring people in that don’t normally come into the library, that’s our goal,” she said. “Let them know that we do other things besides books.”

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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