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Singing has made me happier, and a better husband and father. Singing has changed my life.

— Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society CEO

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Barbershop Harmony Society to Welcome Women After 80 Years

Chorus Women Mixed

From the Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After 80 years of being a male-only organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society has announced that women will be allowed to join the a capella singing organization.

The organization, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a statement Wednesday on its website that membership to the society is open to everyone, effective immediately.

Barbershop Harmony Society celebrates Black History Month with announcement of scholarships and endowment

With a commitment to its vision of Everyone in Harmony, the Barbershop Harmony Society announces a new scholarship opportunity for persons of color to explore a musical art form whose origins lie in African American communities of the South in the 19th century.

The Grand Central Red Caps Endowment has been established to provide scholarships and other supports to encourage the broadest possible participation of promising barbershop singers, music educators and directors of color. An initial $50,000 commitment by the Barbershop Harmony Society and a $50,000 gift to Harmony Foundation International from Dr. Bart Campbell of Nashville launched the initiative.

The fund commemorates the members of the Grand Central Red Caps, a quartet of African American singers who in 1941 were denied entry into a national contest of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which in a regrettable reflection of widespread practices of the era, limited its membership to white men. (See the complete story and video.)

Some of the first recipients of the inaugural Red Caps scholarship include three members of HALO quartet, who attended Harmony University 2018.

"The history of racial exclusion in the barbershop community was a reflection of the reality that manifested in society at that stage of our cultural evolution in America. HALO believes that it can be a unique change agent, by which the barbershop community and the nation as a whole can press forward toward becoming a truly united people."

— Halo Quartet
HALO quartet participates in a class at Harmony University 2018

Mike Rowe named an Honorary Life Member of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Quartet Mike Rowe

Executive producer and TV host Mike Rowe has been named an Honorary Life Member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. A barbershop singer and fan, Mike credits his show business career in part to the influence of his high school choir director, Fred King, who also happened to be a world champion barbershop quartet singer.