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The Charleston Barbershop Chorus........ Who We Are!


Mission-  "Enriching Lives Through Singing"
History-      Barbershop singing was created by ear harmonizers, or "woodshedders," who sang without benefit of printed arrangements. It is largely the old songs because the kinds of melodies that are best adapted to the style are those written in the hayday of Tin Pan Alley, from 1890 -1920.
Founding-  The Charleston Barbershop Chorus first met June 38, 1967 at the First Federal Savings & Loan Association Building at 34 Broad Street in Charleston, SC. The first performance of the group was held September 30, 1967 at 8 PM at the Garden Theatre.
Membership-  The group is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. It is also a member of the Dixie District, the Southeast Regional District. Currently the group consists of approximately 46 members who sing together as one chorus, as well as breaks up into several talented quartets.
Director-  David Box The Charleston Barbershop Chorus will start the 2007-08 concert season with a new choral director, David Box, formerly of Cleveland, OH. Box, age 43, has several years’ musical performance experience starting from when he was five years old. He has been involved in numerous organized groups, which include gospel and barbershop quartets, and has been a church Choral Director for 15 years. Box’s nearly 12 years of experience as a barbershopper have included being the Associate Director of the Cascade Chordsmen of Elyria, Ohio for ten years while simultaneously singing for four of those years in The Alliance Chorus of Columbus, OH, a perennial top ten international finisher. In addition, he is a well-recognized vocal training coach for choruses and quartets. Box has held most of the chapter leadership positions and was a membership of the Johnny Appleseed District House of Delegates to round out his understanding of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Internationally-  There are more than 800 Barbershop Chorus chapters across North America. With more than 30,000 members, the Barbershop Harmony Society is the world's largest all-male singing organization. There are more than 4,500 affiliates in eight foreign countries: England, Sweden, The Netherlands, New Zeland, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Ireland.
Rehearsals-  We meet Tuesday evenings 7-9:30 PM at St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, 6650 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC

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