Posts Tagged ‘Harmony Inc.’

Barbershop Champion Choruses…

January 11, 2009

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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Barbershop for Women as well…

December 6, 2008

There was later (1945) formed an organization to promote this art form for women called Sweet Adelines International (SAI). A second organization separated from Sweet Adelines International called Harmony, Inc. in 1959 over issues of race. Both the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines International have now adopted policies that include respectively all men and all women of all ages. Currently there are many programs to get young folks involved in this style of a cappella music to help insure the art form will endure and bring the joy of singing Barbershop music to many future generations.
Lots of people have heard a Barbershop Quartet at some point in their lives, but normally that would be the extent of exposure to the art form that most people experience. Most Americans have heard or seen The Music Man which in part features a barbershop quartet. There have been many famous Americans whose foundation in music was actually in the barbershop style of music… The Osmound Brothers are one example of that… and Dick Van Dyke is a strong supporter of this style of music.