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Our Vision & Mission

About our vision and mission

Our mission: to bring people together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing.

Our vision: Everyone in Harmony: a bold vision for a bright future.

What happens when people sing together?

As a nonprofit organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society understands and embraces the transformative power of harmony.

We know that group harmonizing can help:

  • improve physical and emotional health
  • build healthier communities
  • young people become healthier adults
  • forge inter-generational bonds
  • reduce barriers across diverse cultures and groups
  • build healthy self-identities

If people singing together is good, more people singing together would be even better!

In times of conflict and exclusion, barbershop inspires us to blend, to cooperate, to create beauty and to love each other. Imagine its impact as a balm for wounded warriors, an intervention for at-risk youth, as a way to ease end-of-life transition, or even as a better way to rehabilitate people in our prison system.

Our vision of Everyone in Harmony means EVERYONE – people of every age, of every background, every gender identity, every race, every sexual orientation, every political opinion or spiritual belief.

Every person who loves to harmonize has a place in our family.

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Our Purposes:

• To perpetuate the old American institution: the barbershop quartet and barbershop harmony

• To promote appreciation of barbershop harmony

• To initiate and maintain a broad program of musical education, contests, and appreciation in support of barbershop harmony and the allied arts

• To establish and maintain foundations that support our vision

• To initiate, promote and participate in charitable projects that support our vision

Our Code of Ethics

The Society aspires to preserve for its members and for all future generations of prospective members, the sacred right of all people to seek haven from the burden of their daily cares through indulgence in old-fashioned vocal quartet harmony, and to that end we do hereby solemnly pledge ourselves to abide by the precepts of the Code of Ethics.

  1. We shall endeavor to perpetuate the Barbershop Harmony Society and the barbershop style of singing.
  2. We shall deport ourselves and conduct the Barbershop Harmony Society’s functions in such manner as to reflect credit upon the Barbershop Harmony Society and its membership.
  3. We shall conform to the bylaws of the Barbershop Harmony Society and any other rules set forth by its Board of Directors.
  4. We shall accept for membership only congenial persons of good character who love barbershop harmony or have a desire to harmonize.
  5. We shall exhibit a spirit of good fellowship toward all members and strive to resolve any conflicts with civility and respect.
  6. We shall refrain from forcing our songs upon unsympathetic ears.
  7. We shall refrain from taking improper advantage of our membership and BHS fellowship for personal gain.
  8. We shall not permit political, religious, or other controversial issues to hinder or inhibit the enjoyment of barbershop harmony.
  9. We shall, through our service to the Barbershop Harmony Society, endeavor to spread the spirit of barbershop harmony throughout the world.

Contact Us

Want to help us implement our vision? Email strategy@barbershop.org to inquire about how you can get involved.

Questions? Contact societyboard@barbershop.org.