What is barbershop?

Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music. The melody is consistently sung by the lead, with the tenor harmonizing above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completing the chord.

 

History of Sweet Adelines International

After World War II, barbershop singing was growing increasingly popular for men. In 1945, a small group of women wanted to participate in the chord-ringing, fun-filled harmony that the men were singing. So these women organized "Sweet Adelines in America."  From its humble beginnings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sweet Adelines International, as it is now called, has grown to a membership of almost 30,000 women in countries all across the globe.

 

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with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.  Most styles of music can be sung in the barbershop style, including pop, country, jazz, swing and folk, to name just a few.  Check out the videos of the Altoona Chorus' favorite 'pop' songs, in the Watch and Listen section.

 

 

 

 

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The presentation of Barbershop music uses appropriate musical and visual methods to convey the theme of the song and provide the audience with an emotionally satisfying and entertaining experience. The musical and visual delivery is from the heart, believable, and sensitive to the song and its arrangement throughout. The most stylistic presentation artistically melds together the musical and visual aspects to create and sustain the illusions suggested by the music. MAXX Factor quartet reprecented the Sweet Adeline Organization when they appeared on the NBC Sing Off, and wowed the audience with their renditions of a large variety of music. 

 


 

 
September 17, 2019

Where to Find Us

The Altoona Chorus meets for rehearsal on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at the Jaggard First United Methodist Church, 1801 Pleasant Valley Boulevard in Altoona (need directions?)

 

Meet the Chorus

Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!

 

Join Us!

Want to sing with a bunch of fabulous women? Want to learn amazing, classic songs? Come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved.

 

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Come to the photo gallery to check out our most recent pictures. 

 

What is Barbershop?

Find out about this fabulous artform and the organization of women barbershoppers on our What is Barbershop page.

 

Support Your Chorus

Find out how you can help support great music in your community!

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