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Ti man performs with college choir

TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga man is performing as part of a popular college choir.

Zachary Pratt, son of Steven and Karen Pratt of Ticonderoga, performs in the 15-member Saint Michael's College men's acappella singing group Mike Check.

Pratt, senior computer science major, graduated from Ticonderoga High School before attending Saint Michael's in Winooski, Vt. While at Ti High Pratt was active in the school music department under the direction of teacher Nelson Shapiro.

Besides singing on campus, the group has been invited to perform in Boston this spring as well as in Burlington.

The group started as a barbershop quartet and became a four-part men's a cappella choir.

Mike Check sang to a standing-room-only audience in the campus Alliot Student Center Eddie's Lounge in December. It sang the national anthem at a pair of Saint Michael's home basketball games in the Ross Sports Center in January and performed at the third annual Vermont Family Network Walk-a-thon in February.

The singers have been invited to headline a concert with the Westford Academy, the alma mater of singer Chris Gosselin, in Westford, Mass., on April 16 and will proceed from there to perform at the Massachusetts State House April 17 at noon. Afterward they will sing to pedestrians on the Boston Common and at Quincy Market.

Saturday, April 18, Mike Check will be back in Vermont performing on Church Street in Burlington for the lunch-time crowd, followed that evening by an end-of-the-year concert April 18th, in Eddie's Lounge.

The group rehearses twice a week, and performs a varied repertoire of barbershop standards like Goodbye My Coney Island Baby, current hits like Ben Fold's You Don't Know Me and classic a cappella arrangements like Billy Joel's The Longest Time.

Saint Michael's College, founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation's Best 368 Colleges. Saint Michael's has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, 500 graduate students and 200 international students.

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