What is Barbershop Singing?
Barbershop harmony is unaccompanied, four-part a cappella harmony. When the music is sung accurately and with good breath support and vocal techniques, barbershop harmony produces overtone vibrations that create a resonant ring unique to this form of music. In simple terms, barbershop harmony is vocal harmony produced by four parts: lead, tenor, baritone and bass. Ladies of all skill levels join us, and their abilities are as varied as they are. It’s the coming together of these unique voices, talents and experiences that creates the space for an exciting ensemble.
Do I have to read music?
No. Many of our members read music, but it’s not a requirement. We learn new songs with learning tracks that are recordings of the four parts alone and together. We also use section rehearsals to reinforce the learning process. Section leaders and riser buddies are always there to help.
Am I good enough?
Yes! If you can carry a tune, are willing to learn, and have the desire to perform, you have everything you need to succeed at singing barbershop.
How often do you rehearse?
We rehearse weekly and sometimes add special rehearsals for coaching or upcoming performances.
What are the benefits of membership?
As a member you are part of Sweet Adelines International, a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers, with access to leading experts in the areas of vocal production, choreography, arranging, directing and more. Together, our acclaimed educators have created effective programs designed to help every woman achieve musical success. As a member of our chorus, you’ll discover fun social activities, an enlarged circle of friends and exciting performance opportunities.
All that and good for you too...
"Group singing can be indescribably uplifting. The sound of collective voices making wonderful sounds together - having created and practised when initially it seemed impossible - is quite unlike anything else, and participants feel the effects of this achievement in quite dramatic ways." © Sally Garozzo and Alan Chapman 2011