Fifty Years of Barbershop Singing

Fifty Years of Barbershop Singing
Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: No sub-type
Posted By: Mark Schroeder
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, Sep 26 2023
Temp Smith(left) presenting to Frank Hunter(right)

The South Hills Keystone Chorus would like to recognize one of our members for 50 years of barbershop singing.  Frank B. Hunter was born on 7/20/32.  He grew up in Swissvale, Pa, and played shortstop for his high school team. After graduation he worked for GMAC and then Family Finance.   He was unhappy with the work  and decided to go to college.  He  attended the University of Pittsburgh on a baseball scholarship, following a fellow Swissvale alum,  who became his friend.  Frank then decided to try teaching and attended Duquesne to obtain his teaching credentials.  He taught middle school in Upper St Clair, Pa from 1961-1994.  Having no   student teaching experience, he was very nervous on his first day because the school principal and superintendent were there to observe him.

   Frank was persuaded to attend a barbershop show because a close friend of his was the Master of Ceremonies.  It was held at the Carnegie Music Hall by the Greater Pittsburgh Barbershop Chorus. He found out that they practiced at the Swissvale Presbyterian Church, only five blocks from his home.  That information and his love of singing led him to join that chorus.
   After moving to the South Hills in 1961 he joined the South Hills Keystone Chorus and resigned from the Pittsburgh chorus. He later became a dual chapter member when he joined the Washington Pa Presidents of Harmony.
  He was President of the Keystone Chorus for five years.  He  was also show chairman and secretary. He became an official member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1973.  As a member of the Johnny Appleseed District, he was elected to be a Counselor, visiting each chorus in the district to help them.  He was elected Barbershopper of the year twice as a member of the Keystone Chorus. He has always sung lead.
   Frank has sung with many quartets over the years.  His favorite was the Fun and Fancy Four quartet.  He has four grown children and has been married to Sheron since Sept 10, 1967. He enjoys bike riding and collecting miniature VW cars.  He will continue singing as long as there is a chorus that will have him.  Congratulations on fifty years of singing, Frank.