What is Barbershop?

Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterized by four-part voices - tenor, lead, baritone, and bass.

 

Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies. The melody is traditionally sung by the lead, with the tenor harmonizing above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completing the chord.

 

Artistic singing in the Barbershop style exhibits a fullness or expansion of sound, precise intonation, a high degree of vocal skill, unity and consistency within the ensemble. Ideally, these elements are natural, unmanufactured and free from apparent effort.

 

The presentation of Barbershop music provide the audience with an emotionally satisfying and entertaining experience. The musical and visual delivery is from the heart, believable, and sensitive to the story of the song .

 

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 25,000 women in countries all across the globe.

 

For more information about Sweet Adelines International, visit http://sweetadelines.com/.

For more information about the Heart of the Blue Ridge, Region 14, visit http://www.sairegion14.org/.

 
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