- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Adept at three-part harmonies, the kind that only can be created by singing siblings, the Gutierrez triplets were known as Chesapeake’s Jonas Brothers.

Four years ago as 16-year-old sophomores at Great Bridge High School, Chase, Evan and Zachary were likened to the then-wildly popular sibling pop group, but with a bent toward serious music.

“Some people say if the Jonas Brothers did classical music, it would be us,” said Evan, the youngest triplet by two minutes, in 2010.

Calling themselves THREE, they performed at various area church concerts to raise funds for their continuing musical education. They also self-released several CDs, including Christmas and inspirational recordings.

During high school, Evan was in chorus and a male singing ensemble, The Lettermen. Oldest brother Zach and middle sibling Chase studied vocal performance at the Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2012, all three won awards at the annual Arts Alive! Chesapeake Competitions for their vocal prowess.

Now, the triplets are 20-year-old rising juniors at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, a performing arts conservatory founded in 1920. They earned full scholarships to continue their musical studies.

Zach is concentrating on choral conducting while his brothers are majoring in voice performance. After earning their bachelor’s degrees, the three plan to go on with graduate musical studies.

The triplets’ vocal group is on hiatus, said Zach.

“Right now, THREE doesn’t perform because of busy school schedules and studies, and for the summer, we’re looking for jobs to earn money for school living expenses,” Zach said. He and Evan recently attended a rehearsal with the Chesapeake Civic Chorus.

The two were featured soloists on the recommendation of Carol Abramson, corresponding secretary for Arts Alive! Chesapeake. They sang opera, Broadway and classical selections at the chorus’ annual spring concert held Sunday at Greenbrier Middle School.

“All three have unique voices that blend beautifully,” said Geraldine T. Boone, Civic Chorus director emeritus and a member of the Norfolk State University master of music faculty. “They have good training, good discipline and they have great personalities to go with those voices.”

Chase is in the D.C. area looking for summer work and continuing to study music.

“He just wanted a change of scenery and he’s working on his repertoire,” Zach said. “We still do songs on computer at home during the summer and at school.”

The most recent time they performed as THREE was this past summer at a church concert in Suffolk, Zach said.

All three have been cast in the Hartt School’s fall production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

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