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February 24, 2004

York Daily Record

Since winning “Showtime at the Apollo” in York two weeks ago, the Rossums are pinching for practice time. On March 31, the sibling a cappella quintet will perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, forcing them in the meantime to squeeze in singing drills between all their extracurricular activities. “When we practice, it’s intense because it’s hard finding time. Everyone is busy at school,” said Oscar Rossum, the group’s assistant coach and father.

He first discovered his children’s collective voice when they sang at their grandparents’ wedding renewal in 1995. Since then, Oscar and his wife, Sharon, have been teaching the still-developing voices of Ciara, Carissa, Ryan, Corrinne and Casey. Before the family moved to York in 1996, the Rossums lived in Harrisburg, where Oscar served as a church pastor. The children were in the church’s youth choir, directed by their parents. “It gave us the confidence that we could teach them music,” Rossum said. More

Posted by acapnews at February 24, 2004 8:41 AM

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