Ambassadors of Harmony Wins 2nd Gold Metal In 2009 Int'l Barbershop Chorus Competition

Ambassadors of Harmony Wins 2nd Gold Metal In 2009 Int'l Barbershop Chorus Competition

In a competition full of excitement and talent, the Ambassadors of Harmony has won their second gold medal in the 2009 International Barbershop Chorus Competition at the Honda Center with their renditions of If You Love Me, Really Love Me and Seventy Six Trombones.

Under the direction of Dr. Jim Henry, this St. Charles, Missouri-based chorus had previously won the 2004 International Chorus Competition. In the past 15 years, the Ambassadors of Harmony has received four 4th place, five 3rd place and two 2nd place medals at previous international chorus competitions. This is also the first time in 30 years the Dallas-based chorus, Vocal Majority, has competed and been beaten.

This high-energy, vocally-precise chorus had the musical chops and dynamic choreography that would lend itself well to a Broadway production.

Rounding out the five medalist positions were the Dallas, Tex.-based chorus Vocal Majority; Hilltop, Minn.-based, Great Northern Union; the Denver, Colo.-based, Sound of the Rockies; and the Toronto, Ontario-based chorus, The Northern Lights.

About the Barbershop Harmony Society: Founded in 1938 in Tulsa, Okla., the Barbershop Harmony Society is the largest all-male singing organization in the world with nearly 30,000 members including 1500 quartets in 800 chapters. Another 4,000 barbershoppers are members of affiliated organizations in Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden. The Society is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and is home to the Old Songs Library; the world's largest privately held collection of sheet music, containing 750,000 sheets and 125,000 titles from the heyday of Tin Pan Alley. The Heritage Hall Museum of Barbershop Harmony, also located in Harmony Hall, serves as a repository for barbershop memorabilia, early recordings, costumes, research materials, and historical documents tracing the roots of the barbershop style. www.barbershop.org.

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