What is barbershop?


Barbershop harmony is a style of acapella singing, characterized by close four-part  harmony chords. The melody is consistently sung by the lead section, with the tenor harmonizing above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completing the chord. It is beautiful music.


Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies. Barbershop music also features a balanced and symmetrical form and a standard meter.


Artistic singing in the Barbershop style exhibits a fullness of sound, precise intonation, with a high degree of vocal skill, unity and consistency sound. Musicality and choreography are used to convey the themes of the songs and provide the audience with an emotionally stunning experience The musical and visual delivery is from the heart.



Pitch Pipe Magazine

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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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