How was the Vineyard Sound started?

In 1992 Chris Bettencourt and Townsend Belisle got eight friends together and came out to the Vineyard to sing and have a great time. They didn't want to work the normal corporate summer job and thought singing would be a blast. At first the group struggled and had to work other jobs, but over the past 25 years we’ve built a following and now singing is all we do! The group has over 100 alumni and continues to thrive every summer.

How do I hire the Vineyard Sound?

If you'd like to reach us to schedule a private booking you may call us at 1-866-846-7686 or email at The group primarily sings in the summer, but for special occasions we can try and organize off-season adventures.

Can I be a part of the Vineyard Sound?

Traditionally we only accept auditions from a select group of schools in the Northeast (primarily Skidmore, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College), but on occasion we do look at outside auditionees. Never hurts to reach out at

Where are your shows?

We have shows from early June through August at various churches all over the island of Martha's Vineyard, if you'd like more detailed show information please click here.

How do you choose songs?

Our Music Director for the summer is the one largely responsible for the setlist for the summer. That’s not to say everyone doesn’t have input! We often take suggestions from our audience, the alumni, and members of the group. Over the years we've collected a compilation of "standards" which the group tends to bring back every year.

How many alumni are there?

We have 136 as of 2020!

How do I buy tickets to your shows?

We have no official ticketing system for our weekly shows, but do collect a suggested donation at the door. Our two big summer shows ticketing will be posted on the homepage of the website when available.

How much do your shows cost?

We have a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for kids.

Where can I buy your CDs?

You can find our entire collection digitally on Spotify and iTunes. Additionally, we also offer an online shop where physical CD's are available for purchase!