In 2014 there were three Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) Chapters in the greater Halifax area:
- Dartmouth (City of Lakes Chorus)
- Halifax (Atlantic Swells)
- Bedford-Sackville (Millstream Chorus)
The Halifax and Bedford-Sackville Chapters unanimously decided in November of 2014 to merge and become The Halifax Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society – better known as The Halifax Harmonizers.
We will focus on achieving a high level of singing in performance while respecting each member’s reasonable expectations of a satisfactory personal experience.
We will have an active new-member recruitment process.
We will endeavor to promote a cappella singing among local youth, particularly in the High Schools, by offering as much support as possible to encourage interest in vocal music.
We will endeavor to be actively involved in the greater Halifax area by performing wherever and whenever possible, as well as by actively offering community support, as determined by our Board.
We have agreed to hold joint meetings on Monday evenings from 7 to 10 pm, in the church hall of the SonLife Church, 152 Windmill Rd. in Dartmouth, NS. We encourage males 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 as co-directors, Russell Sketchley and Paul Creaser, who have agreed to work together, along with the support of a strong music team, to bring leadership to our group musically by providing quality barbershop learning experiences for current members and potential recruits.
All male members of our community who appear of seemingly good character and who are able to sing a simple song, e.g. ‘Row, row, row your boat’, are welcome as potential members of our chorus.
As the oldest chorus, we have retained the charter of the Halifax Chapter by the new chorus which we now wish to be known as the ‘Halifax Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society’.
The name of the merged chorus has been chosen by a vote of the membership from a list submitted by members themselves and by those in attendance at our recent joint show. We will be called the ‘Halifax Harmonizers’.
Each year we vote on a Board of Director consisting of the following officers:
- Immediate Past President
- Chapter Secretary
- Vice President Music & Performance
- Vice President Chapter Development
- Vice President Marketing and Publicity
- Four members at large from the chorus
The merged chorus will endeavor to present at least one ‘chorus show’ per year. There could be opportunities for more than one plus the possibility of taking a show ‘on the road’ to various sectors of the greater Halifax area. However, any presentations by our chorus will always be at the suggestion and direction of the music team of our new chorus.
Chapter dues ($25 per annum) will be collected on Jan.1 of each year with the first year’s dues being forgiven to encourage the addition of new members. The latter will also receive a complete list of chorus materials available upon payment of said dues.
Meetings to plan and organize for this merger have been ongoing since January 30, 2013 with steering committees having been set up to deal with logistics, regulations, as well as the important area of music and performance, as is outlined in the NED Code-pgs 62- 66. The latter has been followed in a most strict manner throughout this whole procedure.
We thoroughly believe that what we are requesting is for the betterment of both the Atlantic Swells and the Millstream Choruses, as well as for barbershopping generally, in our city and in the Sunrise Division.
Having received the unanimous support of the memberships of both of our choruses, we look forward to many, many happy years of ‘ringing those chords’ together!