A search through the vaults of National Public Radio unearthed this 2002 story into the historic roots of barbershop harmony, featuring musicologist Gage Averill, Dr. Jim Henry, and performance by The Gas House Gang.
Superman and the rocket from planet Krypton… Newton’s apple and the theory of gravity… O.C. , Rupert, and the rooftop of the Tulsa Club… every monumental discovery needs a great origin story, and so it is with barbershop harmony.
National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert ... Read More
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National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert Hall , the “Royal Keeper of the Minor Keys,” and O.C. Cash, “Third Assistant Temporary Vice Chairman” for a songfest. Subsequent gatherings snowballed, leading to... Read More
The July issue of award-winning barbershop history magazine, PRESERVATION, is now online and available for FREE.
(Click here to download and enjoy.)
Says editor Grady Kerr:
This issue is the second in our new series, The Lost Quartets. You don’t have to win the gold to be a GREAT quartet in our Society. There have been som... Read More
Thoughts from Alexandria Harmonizers director Joe Cerutti, as the chorus prepares for an new artistic adventure this weekend:
Today we begin our final week of rehearsals for I Am Harvey Milk, with award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, renowned singer and actor Kristin Chenoweth, and the National Philharmonic under the baton of Joel Fram.
To say that I've been anticipating this week wou... Read More
National Barbershop Quartet Day
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A National Television Appearance helped ring in April 11 Celebrations
Congratulations to ClassRing and Storm Front for representing Barbershop harmony in an extremely professional and entertaining way for the Fox & Friends news crew and millions of Americans ... Read More
Harmony Hall is saddened to share that, on January, 12, 2016, past Interim Society CEO Larry Deters passed away. A retired health care CEO in the Nashville area, he was selected to keep Society operations moving forward in the period between the retirement of CEO Ed Watson in July, 2011, and the hiring of current CEO Marty Monson in July, 2012. Larry is fondly remembered by those he worked with h... Read More
Collegiate a cappella is booming... but it's not new! Oregon Health & Science University historian Max Johnson shares a recent acquisition for the Historical Collections and Archives department: a digitized recording of campus quartet the Forcep Four, from their last recording session done in 1962.
"The Forcep Four was a group of students including Jim Haaland, Robert Clark, Douglas Chambers... Read More
How would you like to be the guy who supports the early musical formation of someone who goes on to become an international star? Steve Bangham talks about his father-in-law, who recently celebrated a milestone birthday with a legendary singer/songwriter.
My father in law George Shields turned 90 years old this week. George is the first Canadian to be inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame. He ... Read More
-submitted by Bill Colosimo
As many of you likely know, for many years the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest was sponsored by MBNA, then the largest credit card issuing bank in the world. When MBNA was acquired by Bank of America, the latter continued its sponsorship until recent years, specifically as a result of the acquisition agreement. (The Contest is now sponsored by our o... Read More