Barbershop Champion Choruses…

The Masters of HarmonyBarbershop music can be sung by a 4 part 4 person quartet, or a 4 part 140 person chorus. Both quartets and choruses are present in all 3 of the associations… the Barbershop Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines International and Harmony, Inc.

For competitions, the chorus is limited to a minimum number 12-15 or some are as large a 160 performers on stage.

Choruses are usually composed of various numbers singing the different parts.  For instance in a chorus there would ideally be 40 basses, 30 leads, 20 baritones and 10 tenors.

There are several choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society that have excelled in mastering the barbershop art form and catapulted themselves to International Championship status time and time again.  When winning the International Gold as a chorus, you are not eligible to compete again at the International Competition until the 3rd year.

Currently, the Vocal Majority (Dallas, TX) has won 11 times, the Masters of Harmony (Santa Fe Springs, [Los Angeles] CA) 7 times, the Louisville Thoroughbreds (Louisville, KY) 7 times, the Alexandria Harmonizers (Alexandria, VA) 4 times, the Chorus of the Chesapeake (Baltimore, MD) 2 times, and the young men spin-off from the Masters of Harmony, the Westminster Chorus (Westminster, CA) 1 time with probably the smallest number of men on stage to ever win (2007)

You definitely will do yourself a favor to visit the websites of these top notch choruses. I will fill more in on the women’s choruses in another post.

Stay “tuned”

Jerry Braack

California USA


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4 Responses to “Barbershop Champion Choruses…”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Jerry .. it’s really interesting to learn more & to hear about the choruses and their music & I will look at their websites – thank you Hilary

  2. Believe Achieve - Hugo and Roxanne Says:

    Hi Jerry!!

    WOW!! We just listened to a snippet of Masters of Harmony’s song “Floatin’ Down to Cotton Town.” They are incredible!! We can see why they have won the International Competition 7 times.
    We, too, are very much into music but have never explored this genre. We look forward to learning much more!

    Many Blessings….
    Roxanne and Hugo
    ~ Believe Achieve ~

    P.S. Thank you for your comment on our site. 🙂

  3. Giovanna Garcia Says:

    WOW! I bet it would be spectacular to hear the 4 part 140 person chorus.
    I didn’t know that Barbershop music can be so grand. I love the picture that really tell the story well.

    Giovanna Garcia

  4. a Sweet Adeline Says:

    Thanks for these great statistics. My friends and I were recently wondering who were the “winningest” Sweet Adeline choruses.

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