Barbershop harmony is a pastime I
thoroughly enjoy. Singing in four-part harmony with three other guys produces a
ringing sound that is hard to beat. Worldwide, there are about 30,000 members in
theBarbershop Harmony Society (BHS), with
international headquarters located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Beginning in 1938, the
society was formed to preserve the truly American music of the 1890's to the
1930's known as barbershop harmony. For more about the history of the society,
follow this link.
The Society produces a lot of information about barbershop singing and has affiliated organizations around the globe. For current news about what is happening in SPEBSQSA, read the monthly publication, and get the scoop on the organization. Back issues are also available.
The Society also promotes the
Harmony Foundation service project:
a not-for-profit organization incorporated as a charitable subsidiary of the Barbershop Harmony Society, helping to preserve our musical legacy through the support of vocal music education in schools and communities. General Fund gifts also provide continuing support of Society Harmony Explosion Camps conducted across North America to over 5000 young men and their teachers.
If you are in the Greater Vancouver, British Columbia area and would
like to visit one of our rehearsals, drop by Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont
Drive in Coquitlam (three blocks east of Blue Mountain and two blocks north of
Austin), 7:30 PM every Tuesday evening, or
drop me a line and I'll let you know any other details.
In January 2003, a new chapter was started in Abbotsford - The Voices of Harmony Barbershop Chorus. We meet at the Clearbrook Elementary School (3614 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford), in the community room, every Monday night at 7:00 PM during the school year. Check the website for notices of other rehearsal locations on statutory holidays and summer break.
Visit the Evergreen District Home Page to find out more about barbershop harmony in the Pacific Northwest and some of the barbershop harmony groups with their own web pages.
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