UPDATED: March 2019
Who Are We?
Founded and chartered in 1952, the Cheshiremen Chorus is the Keene, New Hampshire Chapter of the international “Barbershop Harmony Society" (BHS) – Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA)*. We are the first and therefore oldest chapter in New Hampshire and a sub-group of the regional Northeastern District of the Society which comprises 46 more chapters throughout the northeast US and maritime Canada and eastern New York state. We are proudly recognized as one of the region's premier, original choral organizations by encompassing the Barbershop Harmony Society's vision of an ever-growing, singing fraternity, drawn together by love of the four-part, a cappella, close-harmony style of music known as "Barbershop."
The men of the Cheshiremen Chorus perpetuate the barbershop style of music and the goals of our chapter through a strong, ever-improving music program that provides continuous education to our members through dynamic, entertaining performances on stage, in halls, streets, and fields throughout the towns and cities of our tri-state region of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont – wherever the opportunity exists for wholesome, fun, entertaining, and unplugged vocal harmony.
The Cheshiremen Chorus endeavors to be a leader in the cause of preserving and encouraging vocal music in our education systems and in our communities as a lifelong recreational activity and as an essential element in one’s cultural being. For our members, we maintain a well-rounded program that blends together singing, performing, family functions, quartetting, music education and fellowship while promoting fun and the opportunity for musical improvement. We view divisional and district contests as opportunities to quantify our progress in musical presentation and singing, and compete only to meter our goals of constantly improving our own presentation and performances.
You can sing, too! You’re probably already a better singer than you think - but you don't need to sing alone when you can sing along. Anyone can be a singer. We can teach you, help you every step of the way, and share the fun of making music with men who are passionate about harmony. Making harmony… making friends. The Barbershop Harmony Society brings together men from across the continent, who love to make great a cappella harmony together. With more than 23,000 singers in the U.S. and Canada, we're the place where you'll find lots of opportunities to learn more about your voice and how to use it through weekly meetings, workshops, schools and instructional materials. You'll enjoy taking part in contests, presenting shows, and polishing your skills to their ultimate potential. The Keene Chapter has been around for over 67 years! Wow! Check us out today!
Now is a great time to Discover Harmony! You are invited to join us anytime!
We meet in the UPPER-LEVEL GRAND CONFERENCE ROOM of the HANNAH GRIMES CENTER for Entrepreneurship, 45 Roxbury Street in downtown Keene, every Tuesday night starting at 6:30 PM. See the menu link choices above, below or go here for directions: VISIT US.
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