What’s in a Name, SPEBSQSA…

Masters of Harmony

Here is a selection for you from the Masters of Harmony. This is the Los Angeles county based chorus I had the priviledge of singing with and won 2 of their current 7 International Gold Medal Championships with… enjoy!

As referenced in Wikipedia…             SPEBSQSA name

SPEBSQSA logo

Emblem and historic logo of the Society, 1950s-2004

The original intention of the name SPEBSQSA was a lampoon on the New Deal alphabet agencies. Because of name’s length and the difficult-to-pronounce acronym, society staff and members often refer to SPEBSQSA as The Society. For decades, SPEBSQSA was the official name, while the Barbershop Harmony Society was an officially recognized and sanctioned alternate. There was encouragement to use the alternate name, because it was felt that the official name was an in-joke that did not resonate outside the Society. In mid-2004, faced with declining membership, the Society adopted a marketing plan that called for using “Barbershop Harmony Society” consistently and retaining the old name for certain legal purposes.

The old official name spelled “barber shop” as two words, while barbershop is generally used elsewhere.

Stay “tuned”

Jerry Braack

California  USA

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