SYLVANIA - Georgia Southern's Adrenaline Show Choir captivated Syl-view residents with the energetic vocals their name suggests this week in Sylvania during the nursing home's monthly fun night.
After local volunteers opened the night with music and dance, Adrenaline flooded the activity room in a wave of red and black dress attire, entertaining residents with numbers like Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," a solo performed by the choir's director and founder, Adam Pulver.
The group usually dances to every number, Pulver said, but while their moves were limited by space, their vocals knew no limits.
Adrenaline performer Kiswana Hunter is the daughter of long-time Syl-view volunteers Jerry and Barbara Hunter.
Betty Scarborough, activities director for the nursing home, said the choir was a blessing to have perform at Syl-View.
Among Hunter and the other 44 members of Adrenaline, however, only one is actually a music major, said Pulver. The group is made of a diverse group of GSU students who all just happen to love music and performing, he said. The fact that they each underwent a three-part audition, including vocal, dance, and two rounds of interview to be a part of the group, and travel together for innumerable performances each semester, also gives the group a sense of commonality.
Pulver's background in show choir led him to where he is today, he said. Originally from San Diego, Pulver has participated in show choir since the seventh grade, he said. Once he got to the college level, Pulver saw an opportunity to create Adrenaline, which he founded at GSU in 2007.
The name "Adrenaline" reflects the thrill of performing, he said.
As a soon-to-be GSU graduate, Pulver is enjoying his fourth and last year of performances with the group before passing the baton of leadership to his trainee and upcoming director Allyson Lumpkin.
"Adrenaline has been my true family," said Pulver, "my everything."
The only time the group charges admission is for their end-of-the-year show, this year scheduled for April 23 in the college's Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $5, and Pulver has high expectations for the last performance he will direct with his national award-winning Adrenaline, titled "Director's Cut."
"Emotions will be flying that night," he said.
Unsure what the future holds, Pulver said he plans to graduate with a degree in community health while keeping his eyes open to any opportunities that may come along.