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History of Barbershop

Special Presentation

Dr. David Wright takes an in-depth look at the barbershop art form, its history, how it formed, and how it continues to evolve even today. Wright has been a mainstay every year at our Harmony University with his class History of Barbershop. His class combines many years of extensive research with his own experience with singing barbershop to craft a presentation that’s both entertaining and enlightening. Enjoy!


History of Barbershop, day 1: How it all started

coming in early January, classes #2-10!



How It All Began

1938 was a very good year. See the original invitation and hear the story of how the Society was formed.

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Our Heroes

A tribute to our founder, trendsetters, Hall of Famers, and our Honorary Members

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Research documents for how you can help support Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop

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Contact the Society Archivist, and browse historical research documents

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Society Anniversary Books

Free downloads of our 10th Anniversary, 25th Anniversary, and 50th Anniversary books

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See and hear snapshots of the Barbershop style over the years and how it has evolved to what it is today


Each year, our international conventions draw thousands of barbershoppers from all over the world. Listen to our 2014 Champion Musical Island Boys who came all the from the New Zealand.