This Saturday, the HUB-Robeson Center will be filled with the harmonies from Penn State's newest a cappella group.
The Leading Tones, an all-female singing group founded by the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) female fraternity on campus, will have its first performance at 10 p.m. Saturday in the HUB as part of Late Night Penn State. SAI is an international music fraternity, whose mission is to "encourage, nurture and support the art of music," according to the SAI Web site.
Meagan Finnerty (senior-music education), the director of the Leading Tones, said the goal of the group isn't to become the greatest, but to be creative and have fun.
"We wanted a musical bond within our sisterhood," Finnerty said.
This is the only group SAI has solely dedicated to just fraternity members, said Dawn Gannon (junior-English), assistant director of the Leading Tones.
Gannon added the fraternity usually participates with other groups on campus.
"We wanted to do more for the music community," she said.
Alyssa Rohrbach (sophomore-communication sciences and disorders) said they are hoping the group's performances are something people want to come out and see and then participate in.
Finnerty added what sets Leading Tones apart from other a cappella groups is they are "sisters first, then musicians."
The name the "Leading Tones" was the original name of the organization's musical chapter, Rohrbach said. When it formed the a cappella group it decided to bring back the name.
Members of the women's fraternity formed the group to give fellow sisters an opportunity to participate in a cappella, Finnerty said.
The performance this weekend in the HUB will include songs "Hey Jude," "Respect," "Yester-
day" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
"What makes us different is that we are not specific to any genre," Finnerty said. "We sing whatever the girls want to sing."
The 11-person group is anticipating the weekend because it has so much support from friends and the music community, Finnerty said.
"We are all very excited and hope the community comes out to support us," Gannon said.