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Nashville A Cappella Festival

Saturday, August 1

11 AM to 5 PM – All Over Nashville

30 different performing groups • 600 singers • 6 free, public locations • More than 30 hours of FREE vocal music entertainment

Even in a town known for music on every street corner, Nashville seldom sees this kind of all-out harmonic convergence.

The Barbershop Harmony Society will have Music City ringing with the sound of more than 600 singers on the streets on Saturday, August 1, for its premiere Barbershop Harmony Festival. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, free stages will welcome new acts every hour, ranging from quartets (four singers, natch) to choruses numbering up to 50 singers.

Catch the music live at these locations, plus some surprise “pop-up” sites along the way.

  • Nashville Farmers’ Market
  • Victory Park
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Church Street Park
  • Legislative Plaza
  • Centennial Park

It’s all part of a week-long Harmony University event at Belmont University, which this year will attract more than 750 singers, educators, and youth, representing thirteen nations. Three world-champion quartets will be on hand, plus top choruses, coaches, teachers, and a thriving community of vocal artists.


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Barbershop Harmony Festival
Saturday, August 1
11 AM to 5 PM – All Over Nashville

30 different performing groups • 600 singers • 6 free, public locations • More than 30 hours of FREE vocal music entertainment

Even in a town known for music on every street corner, Nashville seldom sees this kind of all-out harmonic convergence.

The Barbershop Harmony Society will have Music City ringing with the sound of more than 600 singers on the streets on Saturday, August 1, for its premiere Barbershop Harmony Festival. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, free stages will welcome new acts every hour, ranging from quartets (four singers, natch) to choruses numbering up to 50 singers.

Catch the music live at these locations, plus some surprise “pop-up” sites along the way.

  • Nashville Farmers’ Market
  • Victory Park
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Church Street Park
  • Legislative Plaza
  • Centennial Park

It’s all part of a week-long Harmony University event at Belmont University, which this year will attract more than 750 singers, educators, and youth, representing thirteen nations. Three world-champion quartets will be on hand, plus top choruses, coaches, teachers, and a thriving community of vocal artists.

“This is our second year at Belmont,” said Harmony U dean Donny Rose, “And we want to really extend our reach into the greater Nashville community. We have the greatest single gathering of barbershop talent in the world, and it just doesn’t seem right to hide it away in a corner. We are putting the SOUND on the STREET!”

Buses will keep busy moving singers throughout the downtown locations, and listeners are encouraged to plan a leisurely listen at any or all sites. “Best of all, we want you to SING WITH YOU,” said Rose. “Grab any three Barbershoppers you see and ask if you can join in. JAMMING IS WELCOMED!

This year’s Barbershop Harmony Festival is a forerunner of what promises to be one of 2016’s biggest tourism events: the Barbershop Harmony Society will welcome more than 7,000 guests to its international convention in Music City, July 4-10, 2016.

Participant info

QUARTETS will depart from Belmont at 10:30 AM.

CHORUSES will depart at 11 AM.

If you miss a bus at ANY location, catch the next one….they are moving in a circle. If you are not in a group that is performing, hop on a bus that has room (most likely the quartet bus). The first track begins singing at 11 AM with Easy Days, Heatwave, Gameday, Brass, and Coda Honor. They will then start on the hour at 12 at the next location. When you are ready to move, return to where you were dropped, and we will take you to the next site on the list. The most important piece is to get on the first bus correctly at Belmont, then you are set in motion! To start, we will have 2 busses for each color track. They will return for the choruses for your 11 AM pickup. After we have “shotgunned” our start all over Nashville, our busses will drive in a big circle, in the order listed under venues below.

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