|Chilliwack Harmony Chorus will not be rehearsing on Monday, November 11, Thanksgiving Monday. Please join us the following Monday, November 18, 7:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 9460 Charles Street for our next rehearsal. Check our calendar for the list of songs and activities.|
Rehearsals Return to Indoors
|The Chilliwack Harmony Chorus, a mixed-voice barbershop-style ensemble, is beginning rehearsals in preparation for potential performances during the Christmas season. Rehearsals will be held at our regular venue beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evenings. We request that all singers are fully vaccinated to participate in the chorus. |
At present, we have members from Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack with room for more. If you enjoy four-part, unaccompanied close harmony singing, and looking for the opportunity to use your voice to support the community, join the group on our Monday rehearsal night for practice. For more information, check out the chorus website: chilliwackharmony.ca.
Gerry Borden, Choral Director
As per provincial and federal directives, the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus is currently suspended until government agencies allow public gatherings to resume.
|An afternoon celebrating barbershop harmony! Special guests- Valley Echoes Chorus and soloist Jayna Wiebe|
Sunday, October 27, 2-4 at Christ Lutheran Church, 9460 Charles Street, Chilliwack
Open Seating. Tickets-$10.00
|Birthdays! Anniversaries! Weddings! Say "you're special" to your loved one ---anytime---with the gift of song! Send your message of love in a 4-part harmony serenade by one of Chilliwack Harmony Chorus' Barbershop Quartets. |
Surprise! Music! Love! To book your serenade of love, call Lloyd at 604-795-5682
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|For more information, see:||www.barbershop.org|
|Chilliwack Harmony Chorus performed the US and Canadian National Anthems at Game Six of the RBC Cup Junior A Hockey Championship. The chorus sang in the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack at 2:00 PM to kick off the contest between the teams representing the Eastern conference (the Ottawa Junior Senators) and the Pacific Conference (the Wenatchee Wild). The chorus is thrilled to bring barbershop harmony to an international audience. Please see the attached link for the performance https://youtu.be/mz0t_BARm2Y.|
|On April 27 and 28, 2018, Nanaimo will host the Evergreen District's Division 1 Barbershop contest. This exciting event will bring 250 barbershoppers and their friends from BC and Washington State to the city. |
On Friday night (6:30 PM) at the Port Theatre, the Division's best quartets will compete for the right to attend the District contest later in 2018; while on Saturday morning (10 AM), the choruses will compete; and on Saturday evening (7 PM) the "Show of Champions" will feature the best of the weekend's barbershop performances, with special guests as well. And after the "Show of Champions" there will be a gala reception and "Afterglow" at the nearby Dorchester Hotel.
As well as the traditional male-only quartet and chorus contests, we will be inviting mixed quartets and choruses to compete. Registration packages will be available for pick-up at the registration desk in the Port Theatre foyer on Friday, April 27, from 3 PM - 6:30 PM, and on Saturday, April 28, from 8 AM - 10 AM.
All events are open to members of the public. We encourage anyone with an interest in high-quality 'a cappella' singing to come along and enjoy the contests and the show.
|For more information, see:||www.tidesmen.com/dbpage.php?pg=contest2018|
Every 2 years, BinG! (Barbershop In Germany) organizes a music festival with more than 5.000 people attending. This three day event is the highlight of any Barbershopper's calendar and a must for every a cappella fan.
Singers from all over Germany come together to sing at the highest level, to have fun and to connect and network. The main events are the German quartet and chorus contests, where male, female and mixed national groups compete, as well as the World Mixed championships where the quartet championships premiered in 2012. In 2018 the first ever World Mixed chorus championships are being held.
However, the climax of the festival is the "Show of the Champions", with champion choruses and quartets from various countries as well as performances by top international ensembles. Here, German and international barbershop ensembles present the whole spectrum of their singing style, female, male and mixed barbershop performed at the highest level!
The next Barbershop Musikfestival takes place April 06-08, 2018 in Munich at the Gasteig Philharmonie.
|For more information, see:||https://www.barbershop.de/en/BMF|
Thank you for supporting the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation by attending the 2nd Annual It’s a Wonderful Breakfast yesterday! The event was merry and fun-filled! Together we raised over $10,000 towards the purchase of a new CT Scanner for Chilliwack General Hospital! Also we were amazed by the number of Toys and Toiletry items brought out to the event! These items will be delivered to the Pediatric Departments in Chilliwack and Abbotsford as well as the Adolescent Day Treatment Program and Early Psychosis Prevention.
Fund Development Coordinator
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation
32900 Marshall Rd
Abbotsford, BC V2S 0C2
T: 1 877 661 0314 · F: 604 851 4898
|Chilliwack Harmony Chorus Director, Gerry Borden, was honoured on Saturday, October 14th, at the Evergreen District Convention held in Vancouver, Washington, as the newest inductee to the District Hall of Fame. |
Citing his 30 years of barbershop leadership at the chapter, district and international levels, educational endeavours and choral directing with multiple choruses, Gerry received his green jacket and name tag identifying him as one of the District's honoured members for advancing the cause of barbershop harmony.
Previous inductees to the Evergreen District Hall of Fame include such luminaries as, Charlie Metzger, former director of the Greater Vancouver Gentlemen of Fortune, past International Seniors Quartet Champion, past District Quartet Champion and for serving the District and Society in a variety of capacities (including the incoming District President); Realtime Quartet (Tim Broersma, John Newell, Mark Metzger, Tom Metzger); Randy Peters, former director of the Calgary Foothills Western Hospitality Singers and music educator; Marty Lovick, coach, educator, Society judge in the Performance category; and several more.
The Evergreen District Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime of commitent to barbershop harmony on the local and global scale; providing leadership and service at multiple levels of the organization, and encouraging growth and development of chapters and leaders in the community. Individuals and quartets are eligible for nomination for this honour through the coordinator for the Evergreen District Hall of Fame.
|The 2018 Chilliwack Harmony Chorus Chapter Officers have been elected and assigned to their roles. Serving the chapter for 2018 are:|
Dennis Rackliff - President
Lloyd Johnston and Cliff Daily - Secretary
Art McCaughan - Treasurer
Lois Knott - Vice President, Membership
Nora Rackliff - Vice President, Music and Performance
Karen Wright - Vice President, Marketing and Promotions
Josie Savoie - Member at Large, Bookings
Dave Ross - Immediate Past President
Lloyd Johnston will retain his position of Chapter Librarian
Lois Knott and Karen Wright will head up a Fundraising/Revenue Generation committee
Thank you to our incoming officers for the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus.
|THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. INQUIRE NOW ABOUT OPEN AUDITIONS!|
The Chilliwack Harmony Chorus will begin rehearsal on Christmas 2017 repertoire on Monday, August 14 at Christ Lutheran Church. If you are interested in joining this award-winning chorus for the Christmas season, please stop by the church at 9460 Charles Street in Chilliwack. Start time is 7:00 PM.
The chorus already has about a dozen bookings, and more continue to come in. If you like singing, enjoy Christmas music, want to share with the community, and experience the camaraderie of friendly, family performers, this is the place for you! Chilliwack Harmony Chorus - Making Music That's Making A Difference!
|What a great week of harmony while the Barbershop Harmony Society held its International Convention in the Axis Theatre at Planet Hollywood. The world's top calibre quartets and choruses enthralled the gathered audience of over 5000 people to take in this experience of a lifetime. |
After whittling the playing field down from 55 quartets, the five medalist quartets were:
5th place Bronze - Quorum - Johnny Appleseed District (JAD) - 8057 points 89.5% average
4th place Bronze - Throwback - Sunshine District (SUN) - 8149 points 90.5% average
3rd place Bronze - After Hours - Illinois District (ILL) - 8199 points 91.1% average
2nd place Silver - Signature - Sunshine District (SUN) - 8329 points 92.5% average
1st place Gold - Main Street - Sunshine District (SUN) - 8354 point 92.8% average
Flightline - Far West Distrcit (FWD) won the Youth Barbershop Quartet contest with 1449 points - 80.5% average
Thirty choruses vied for top honours. Top five were:
5th place Bronze - Parkside Harmony - Hershey, PA (Mid-Atlanic District [MAD]) - 2761 points, 92.0% average, 49 on stage
4th place Bronze - The Northern Lights - Toronto, ON (Ontario District [ONT]) - 2820 points, 94.0% average, 54 on stage
3rd place Bronze - Central Standard - Kansas City MO (Central States District [CSD]) - 2828 points, 94.3% average, 56 on stage
2nd place Silver - The Vocal Majority - Dallas, TX (Southwestern District [SWD]) - 2885 points, 96.2% average , 160 on stage
1st place Gold - Masters of Harmony - Santa Fe Springs, CA (Far Western District [FWD]) - 2893 points 96.4% average, 112 on stage
To view some of these performances, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2_oxglz88
For more contest results and additional information on the Barbershop Harmony Society http://www.barbershop.org/
|For more information, see:||www.barbershop.org|
|Over 100 people, representing six chapters, attended the Evergreen District, Division 1 Open House hosted by the Langley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society on Thursday, June 29, at 7:00 PM, at their rehearsal hall (Whilloughby Community Church, 20525 - 72nd Avenue, Langley). |
The evening was filled with music as the gathered men and women joined their voices in song, with physical and vocal warm-ups, led by local chorus directors, followed by the national anthems and selections from the standard barbershop repertoire known as the Polecats. Doug Broersma, director of the Bellingham Mt. Baker Toppers taught a beautiful tag (end of a song), followed by Danny Tryon, co-director of the Langley First Capital Chorus, led everyone through a new arrangement of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
During a short social break, with coffee and Canada birthday cake, people chatted and mingled. At the end of the break, the newly released presentation by the Barbershop Harmony Society was shown, entitled "Everyone In Harmony", speaking to the new strategic direction of the Society, featuring a more inclusive program to get everyone singing.
Finally, each chorus presented a two-song set to showcase their chorus and/or repertoire. The chapters represented were: The Langley First Capital Chorus (hosts) under the direction of Mike Wilcox and Danny Tryon, Bellingham Mt. Baker Toppers directed by Doug Broersma, Chilliwack Harmony Chorus led by Gerry Borden, Greater Vancouver Gentlemen of Fortune under Andry Larda, The Squares Quartet chapter led by Sean Huston, and the Vancouver Thunderbirds under the direction of Robb Sorensen.
Barbershop harmony is alive and well in the local communities, and with the new direction of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will be for years to come.
|The Barbershop Harmony Society has rolled out its NEW, IMPROVED, and ALL-INCLUSIVE strategic vision for the organization. From its beginnings in 1938 as an all-male, white-only organization to the all-embracing Society of the future, this plan will support barbershop harmony singing in all of its varied and harmonizing ways. Please view the video for more. |
Way to go, BHS. It's been a long time coming!
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|For more information, see:||www.barbershop.org/everyoneinharmony/|
Wendy Patterson and Josie Savoie receive Sing Canada Harmony scholarships to attend Harmony College Northwest in Tacoma, Washington.
Sing Canada Harmony is the official charitable arm of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Canada, providing funding for music and leadership education to support schools and communities across Canada. For more information about how to donate to keep the whole world singing, please visit: www.singcanadaharmony.ca
|For more information, see:||www.singcanadaharmony.ca|
|Just released by the Barbershop Harmony Society in time for Canada's 150th anniversary, at no charge, we have added "The Maple Leaf Forever" to our repertoire lineup. Sheet music and learning tracks are now available in the music section of our website. Enjoy this unofficial anthem and beloved song of Canada.|
| On Saturday, April 1, the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus won the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association (MBHA) Championship for the Barbershop Harmony Society Evergreen District Division I competition. With 17 members on stage, their two-song package performance shared the beauty and passion of the barbershop genre. |
Although this honour was won on April 1st, this was no April Fool's joke, but the culmination of hard work and commitment to the artform. The Chilliwack Harmony Chorus is pleased to be recognized as the MBHA Award winner for 2017 in Division I of the Evergreen District.
|The Chilliwack Harmony Chorus recently accepted Roy Pilkey as its newest member. Also, new members Dennis and Nora Rackliff have become active participants in the chorus. Several members received their renewal certificates and congratulations on years of service in the past month, including Cliff Daily and Norman Miller.|