The Halifax Harmonizers
The Halifax Harmonizers is the Halifax chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, a worldwide organization which celebrates the singing of barbershop music. We consist of roughly 40 men of all ages who enjoy singing and performing a cappella music. Out youngest member is typically in his teens, our oldest in his 80’s or 90’s.
We focus on achieving a high level of a cappella singing while respecting each member’s expectations of a satisfactory personal experience. We have an active new-member recruitment process.
We endeavor to promote a cappella singing among local youth, particularly in the high schools, by offering support to encourage interest in singing. We are actively involved in the greater Halifax area by performing wherever and whenever possible, as well as by actively offering community support.
We present at least one ‘chorus show’ per year, where we include performances by other groups – both school and university – and by barbershop singers from other areas. We sing at local libraries, churches and church halls, on the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfront, at homes for senior citizens, and in towns within an hour or two away. We have fun when we meet.
We practice singing on Monday evenings from 7 to 10 pm in the church hall of the SonLife Church, 152 Windmill Rd. in Dartmouth, NS. We encourage men of all ages and walks of life to join us as our guests to see if they would like to join the chorus as full members.
We have two co-directors, Russell Sketchley and Paul Creaser, who work together, along with the support of a strong music team, to provide quality barbershop learning experiences for current members and potential recruits.
All men from the community who can sing a simple song, e.g. ‘Row, row, row your boat’, are welcome as potential members of our chorus.