Chorus Contest

International Chorus Contest

Friday, July 3, 10am - 9pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Session 1: 10am - 2:30pm

 Westminster Chorus


Chorus Contest Results

  1. Westminster Chorus - 97.5
  2. Ambassadors of Harmony - 95.6 
  3. Central Standard - 92.8
  4. Alexandria Harmonizers - 90.2
  5. Music City Chorus  - 89.7

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Chorus Grid

Download Chorus Grid (XLS format) (pickup times, on-stage times, etc)

Note: Performance stage times for each chorus are only an estimate. There are often unforeseen factors that might affect or delay the stage time for a group. If you're wanting to watch a specific performance, we encourage giving plenty of time before and after the listed stage time to ensure you don't miss that performance.

Open Chorus Rehearsals

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Mic Tester: Singing Buckeyes (JAD)

Stage time: 10am

G005 Buckeye Columbus
Directed by Chad Wulf

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Based out of Columbus, Ohio, this Johnny Appleseed District chorus has around 60 active members and is enjoying their first appearance at International in many years. The Singing Buckeyes hosted the Buckeye Invitational for many years, and is now enjoying being the first out of the gate this summer in Pittsburgh!

1. Great Lakes Chorus (PIO)

Stage time: 10:12am

I011 Grand Rapids, MI
Directed by Jamie Carey

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This is Great Lakes Chorus first appearance at International since 2012 in Portland, and will be making their 13th appearance since 1953. Established in 1947, GLC is very active singing in their community, participating in competition, and performing contracted performances.

2. Downeasters (NED)

Stage time: 10:25am

K015 Portland, ME
Directed by John Baggs

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the Downeasters Chorus has about 40-50 men and hail from the greater Portland, Maine area. Based on their website, they spread the joy of barbershop harmony through a wide variety of performance and education opportunities, youth outreach, and charitable events in a way that promotes family values, friendship diversity, and a healthy community spirit.

3. Carolina Vocal Express (NSC)

Stage time: 10:40am

Q081 Greater Gaston, Gastonia, NC
Directed by Ben Mills

This brand new chorus formed in the spring of 2014 and is proud to be representing the Carolinas District this year in Pittsburgh. This new groups has high amibitions to be the largest premier mens barbershop chorus in the south, and are already hard at work preparing and performing shows, participating in contests, working with coaches, representing in Pittsburgh, and building a solid foundation for the future of barbershop in their community.

4. Sound of Illinois (ILL)

Stage time: 10:54am

Bloomington, IL
Directed by Terry Ludwig

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The Sound of Illinois will be returning to the International Stage now for the eight year in a row. This group of over 100 men has a rich history dating back to the early days of the Society when they formed the Bloomington, IL chapter in 1942. In addition, one of their quartets, After Hours, will be competing in the quartet contest and has quickly become one of the Society's favorite rising stars.

5. Circle City Sound (CAR)

Stage time: 11:14am

F002 Greater Indianapolis, IN
Directed by Theo Hicks and David Zimmerman

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Since 1948, the Circle City Sound Barbershop Chorus and Quartets have entertained audiences in the Indianapolis metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. This is the Circle City Sound's first appearance since 2013 in Toronto, and will be the International directing debut for their new directors Theo Hicks and David Zimmerman.

6. Ambassadors of Harmony (CSD)

Stage time: 11:26am

A045 St Charles, MO
Directed by Jim Henry

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The Ambassadors of Harmony are back to defend their 2012 crown! The three-time gold medalist chorus is the St. Louis area's premier men's a cappella chorus of more than 160 voices known for powerful and musically masterful performances. Its repertoire includes Broadway classics, barbershop, jazz, pop and wide selection of holiday favorites, and they're widely known for the virtuosic arrangements and effortless delivery.

7. Westminster Chorus (FWD)

Stage time: 11:54am

D074 Westminster, CA
Directed by Justin Miller

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Under the direction of Justin Miller, The Westminster Chorus is the 2009 'Choir of the World' Pavarotti Trophy winner and the 2007 & 2010 International Chorus Gold Medalist of the Barbershop Harmony Society. They most recently competed in Toronto in 2013, finishing second, and are back in Pittsburgh eager to entertain the audience with what will no doubt be a fantastically memorable performance.

8. Houston Tidelanders (SWD)

Stage time: 12:36pm

N023 Houston, TX
Directed by Greg Caetano

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The Houston Tidelanders not only have one of the longest histories of the chapters competing in Pittsburgh (chartered in 1946), they also have track record of excellence, consistently finishing in the top twenty at the International Chorus Contest.

9. THX (SUN)

Stage time: 12:51pm

P027 Sunrise, FL
Directed by Alex Rubin

This group from southeastern Florida returns to the International Chorus Contest for the fourth year in a row. Like many groups singing this year, this chorus is yet another new group quickly rising onto the competitive chorus scene. Their director, Alex Rubin, also competes with the top ten quartet, Throwback.

10. Brothers in Harmony (MAD)

Stage time: 1:05pm

J087 Hamilton Square, NJ
Directed by Jack Pinto

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The 100-man Brothers In Harmony chorus under the direction of Jack Pinto (baritone of 2011 Quartet Champion Old school ) are back in Pittsburgh after taking a year off. The most recently placed 6th place in 2013 in Toronto and are looking to keep making the contest climb combining a committment to excellence and rich, vibrant barbershop.

11. Alexandria Harmonizers (MAD)

Stage time: 1:22pm

J047 Alexandria, VA
Directed by Joe Cerutti

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Founded in 1948, the Alexandria Harmonizers have established themsevles as one of the Society's greatest choruses on the east coast. With a focus on artistic excellence, community outreach, and musical education, the chorus strives to bring powerful performances every time they take the stage, and we're sure it will be no different in Pittsburgh.

12. Central Standard (CSD)

Stage time: 1:39pm

A112 Metro Kansas City, MO
Directed by Rob Mance

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Central Standard is of the Society's many newer choruses competing this year in Pittsburgh. Central Standard hails from the Kansas City area and since forming in 2007, they have appeared four times on the International stage (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014). In 2014 they placed 9th in the chorus competition, and this year they are seeded at the same place heading into the contest. Since their creation less than ten years ago, Central Standard has been guided by their motto: "Excellence is Our Standard."

13. Southern Gateway Chorus (JAD)

Stage time: 1:54pm

G069 Western Hills (Cincinnati), OH
Directed by Jeff Legters

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Hailing from the Cincinnati area, the Southern Gateway Chorus will be representing the Johnny Appleseed District in Pittsburgh. In addition to their dedication to enriching lives through a cappella harmony, the Southern Gateway Chorus sponsors youth singing activities and supports school music programs throughout the Greater Cincinnati community. At their last appearance on the International stage, Las Vegas in 2014, Southern Gateway placed 24th.

14. Heralds of Harmony (SUN)

Stage time: 2:07

P015 Tampa, FL
Directed by Tony DeRosa

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The Heralds of Harmony, under the direction of Tony DeRosa (a three-time gold medalist quartet singer) are back in Pittsburgh, bringing their unique brand of Central Florida barbershop to the contest stage. Formed in May of 1945, the Tampa Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is celebrating the 70 years of harmony this year.



Session 2: 4pm - 9pm


15. Northwest Sound (EVG)

Stage time: 4pm

C057 Bellevue, WA
Directed by Ken Potter

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Northwest Sound is enjoying a fresh start with their brand new director Ken Potter this summer. Ken comes to Northwest Sound from Southern California where he served as the Assistant Director of the Masters of Harmony, 7-time International Champions, and arranger of the popular and entertaining Salem Senate-Aires. Northwest Sound is poised for even more greatness and is excited to be in Pittsburgh!

16. Duke City Sound (RMD)

Stage time: 4:12pm

S020 Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, NM
Directed by Farris Collins

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Duke City Sound's motto is "Attitude is Everything." And these guys will no doubt go out of their way to prove it this summer! Farris Collins has been its musical director since the chorus' beginning in 1998, and has the talents to bring out the very best in the chorus.

17. Harbourtown Sound (ONT)

Stage time: 4:26pm

Hamilton, ON
Directed by Jordan Travis

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Formed in 2003, this will be Harbourtown Sound's second trip to an International Chorus Competition. Harbourtown Sound is directed by collegiate quartet champion and International quartet competitor Jordan Travis and hails from the competitive Ontario District (which regularly fields at least two choruses each year).

18. Music City Chorus (DIX)

Stage time: 4:40pm

B039 Nashville, TN
Directed by Dusty Schleier

Music City Chorus is coming off one of their most exciting contests last year in Las Vegas where they finished 7th place, and are looking to continue making the best barbershop they can with a Nashville flare! Hailing from Nashville aka "Music City, USA", they bring a long and rich history of barbershop and musical excellence to the stage, and can't wait to perform in Pittsburgh.

19. The Marcsmen (SWD)

Stage time: 5:01pm

N112 San Marcos, TX
Directed by Brent Dunavant

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Founded in 2008, The Marcsmen from San Antonio bring a youthful energy and excitment to the stage. They are made up of members from all over the central Texas corridor, from the San Antonio and Austin areas, some even from out of the state, and have performed and competed in past International contests as well as Youth Chorus Festivals.

20. Hallmark of Harmony (BABS)

Stage time: 5:13pm

Sheffield, UK
Directed by Andy Allen

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Formed in 1978, Hallmark of Harmony have been named the best chorus in Britain seven times. They have had the honor of representing the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) three times at the international barbershop contest in America.

21. Midwest Vocal Express (LOL)

Stage time: 5:28pm

H100 Greendale, WI
Directed by Josh Umhoefer

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Founded in 1989, Midwest Vocal Express (MVE) male a cappella chorus specializes in "Storytelling through Song". Headquartered in Greendale, WI, they are made up of singers from across Southeast Wisconsin, MVE are are known locally for the best in family entertainment, and worldwide for their "legendary" theatrical presentations on the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Contest Stage.

22. Voices of Gotham (MAD)

Stage time: 6:13pm

J128 Hell's Kitchen
Directed by Bill Stauffer

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Since it's founding in 2008, Voices of Gotham has quickly distinguished itself among the many other choruses competing in Pittsburgh. Two years ago they erupted onto the scene, breaking in the top ten for the first time. This year marks the debut of their new director, Bill Stauffer, who is looking forward to leading VoG and bringing a unique brand of barbershop that can only come from the heart of New York City.

23. The Alliance (JAD)

Stage time: 6:30pm

G096 Greater Central Ohio
Directed by David Calland

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The Alliance is a Johnny Appleseed District champion and a regular top ten competitor at the International Chorus Contest. In the last 11 years, The Alliance has placed in the top ten every time they've competed. In addition to their success as a chorus, this chapter also has a rich history of successful quartets who have competed at the highest level at the International Quartet Contest.

24. Upstate Harmonizers (SLD)

Stage time: 6:44pm

M031 Mohawk Valley, NY
Directed by Dr. Rob Hopkins

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Representing the Seneca Lands District, the Upstate Harmonizers competed in the International Chorus Contest in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Upstate Harmonizers was founded in 2009, and has been representing the Chapter every year in the Fall Contest of the Society's Seneca Land District, and is excited to be in Pittsburgh this summer.

25. Voices in Harmony (FWD)

Stage time: 6:56

D026 Bay Area, CA
Directed by Chris Hebert

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This group from the Bay Area in California is one of four reasons why the Far Western District is one of the most competitive in the Society. This chorus is 11 years old and has rapidly come onto the scene as a one of the strongest competing choruses out there. Since forming in 2006, they have won multiple Far Western District championships and have also placed in the top ten six times.

26. New Tradition (ILL)

Stage time: 7:11pm

E009 Northbrook, IL
Directed by Jay Giallombardo

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2001 International Chorus Champion, The New Tradition Chorus, has a remarkable history of excellence on the International stage. In addition to their 2001 championship, this group of men also placed in the top five 18 times since 1988. They are led by International Quartet Champion Jay Giallombardo, who won the quartet competition in 1979 with the quartet Grandma's Boys.

27. Pathfinder Chorus (CSD)

Stage time: 7:23pm

A020 Fremont, NE
Directed by P.D. Stibor

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This chorus from Nebraska and the Central States District has been climbing the ranks of competitive choruses. In 2010, at the competition in Philadelphia, the Pathfinder Chorus placed 20th. In Toronto they placed 10th place, and in Las Vegas in an incredibly strong field of choruses they finished 11th with a big bump in scores over their previous year. Will this trend continue in Pittsburgh?

28. Men of Independence (JAD)

Stage time: 7:39

G101 Independence, OH
Directed by Gary Lewis

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The Men of Independence are a barbershop chorus whose roots are firmly planted in the tradition of quartet singing. This current Johnny Appleseed District chorus champion includes perrenial International semifinalist comedy quartet Hot Air Buffoons and is led by two-time quartet champion Gary Lewis. Over the past few years at International they've seen their scores rise from 81.8% in Toronto to 83% in Las Vegas, and are excited to see this trend continue in Pittsburgh.