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Welcome to the World Harmony Council

and the great artform of singing in the barbershop style!

Over 57,000 male and female singers around the globe join in a cappella singing in choruses and quartets, singing in the style called “barbershop” They belong to 14 separate barbershop organizations, and their leaders join together to form the World Harmony Council.  To enjoy the events, details, and music of the group nearest you just click on the “Associations Worldwide tab,” and then click on the name of the group you want to explore.

The World Harmony Council is committed to encouraging and supporting barbershop harmony singing for its member organizations, and to fostering an appreciation of barbershop-style music in the world community.

The World Harmony Council’s aims are to encourage and support:

  • the perpetuation of the four-part a cappella barbershop style of singing;
  • the formation and development of barbershop harmony singing organizations;
  • the development and exchange of new ideas and initiatives relative to the barbershop harmony singing art; and
  • providing international liaison and information exchange among barbershop harmony singing organizations.

To enable these aims, and to share barbershop music on a truly international level, a show is held every year during the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention.  Known as the Jamboree, it features Gold Medal choruses and quartets from every corner of the globe.  Produced on a totally volunteer basis, every cent of the proceeds from the show is distributed in the form of grants to the member organizations.  See more details on the Jamboree tab.

As an exciting new initiative the World Harmony Council Executive is searching for, and identifying, new barbershoppers, with a goal of expanding organized barbershopping everywhere.  See the tab for “Searching Internationally for New Groups of Barbershoppers” (SING B).

Joining with fellow singers to create beautiful and exciting music in the barbershop style is a healthful, rewarding, and inspirational experience.  If you are new to this amazing artform I encourage you to do all you can to learn more, and contact us. The barbershop community is waiting for you! 

In Harmony,

Michael Donnelly

President, World Harmony Council