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Barbershop Harmony Society



Barbershop harmony was spawned in the 1840’s and developed in the early beginnings of the entertainment and recording industry. It sprouted when minstrel shows and the traveling concert were institutions, popularizing the songs that lent themselves easily to four-part harmony. It reached its peak during the glorious days of vaudeville and burlesque. Few vaudeville bills were without a quartet.


The Society started in Tulsa, Oklahoma in April, 1938 when a group of 26 men gathered to rejuvenate the art of barbershop harmony singing which had fallen into disuse with the death of vaudeville and the growth of radio. Today, the society has grown to more than 800 chapters in 16 districts in the United States and Canada with more than 2,000 registered quartets and 750 choruses, and an international membership of more than 30,000.


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