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Ambassadors win chorus championship

NASHVILLE - The 133 men of the Ambassadors of Harmony captured their fourth gold medals in Friday’s International Chorus Contest presented by the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Singing “Something Good” from “The Sound Of Music” and The Carpenters hit “Top of the World,” the chorus emerged at the top of a field of 29 choruses from the United States, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia. Choruses performed songs ranging from pure traditional close harmony to parodies of “Uptown Funk,” a mad scientist medley, a traditional New Zealand Maori war dance, and The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The top 5 choruses were in order:

  1. Ambassadors of Harmony, St. Charles, Missouri
  2. Central Standard, Kansas City, Missouri
  3. Masters of Harmony, Santa Fe Springs
  4. Toronto Northern Lights, Toronto, Ontario
  5. Sound of the Rockies, Denver, Colorado

More than 1800 singers crossed the stage in the chorus contest, part of a week-long convention of shows and contests. The event continues through Saturday with A Better World Singing Day, with free singing events for families all day long, a free concert a 5:30pm featuring Grammy Award winners The Fairfield Four, and the world quartet championship finals at 7:30 pm.