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A Truly American Artform, Barbershop Harmony is Music.

Founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American close harmony musical art form whose roots lie in African-American improvisation and European harmony traditions. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee since 2007, our nonprofit organization provides active programs and resources in music education, publishing, performance, and community outreach.

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Our Vision & Mission

A bold vision for a bright future

The Barbershop Harmony Society understands and embraces the transformative power of harmony. More than a treasure for our own enjoyment, barbershop harmony is a force for direct impact on society.

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History of Barbershop

The lessons of our past inform our vision of the future

Barbershop harmony finds its roots in a rich African-American tradition. Learn about the founding of the Society, our efforts in research and preservation, and some of our heroes & honorary members.

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Our Community

Districts, affiliates, and partner organizations

The love of harmony is global. Wherever you are in the world, chances are there's a barbershop group near you! Learn more about our 17 districts, international affiliate organizations, and our friends in harmony around the world.

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Our Team

BHS leadership & staff

We're working hard every day to build a better world - singing. Meet our board and staff, and view recent board meeting minutes.

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Careers & Internships

Join one of Nashville's "Best Places to Work!"

The Barbershop Harmony Society preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American close harmony musical art form through active programs in music education, publishing, performance, and outreach. Learn more about our current job & internship opportunities and join us as we work to bring everyone together in harmony.

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Make an impact in your community

Singing has power — the power to make individuals and communities healthier and happier. The Barbershop Harmony Society can be your partner in making an impact in your community. Apply for a grant to fund your next project today!

Bringing Everyone in Harmony: A Global Reach

With 22,000 members across North America and affiliated men’s and women’s organizations in more than a dozen countries, the total number of active singers with BHS reaches more than 80,000 worldwide.