Youth in Harmony

Part of the mission statement of the Barbershop Harmony Society states:
The Society is to be an ever-growing fraternity of barbershop-style singers, leading the cause of encouraging vocal music in our schools and communities.
When we can assist in preserving and encouraging vocal music in our educational systems, particularly through the introduction of barbershop-style harmony and the joys of singing it, we take a major step in furthering recreational singing in communities of the future, while encouraging recreational singing activities in present-day communities.
The goals of the YIH program are:

  •  To encourage and support vocal music education of all types (not limited to barbershop) in the elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools and colleges in our communities
  •  To provide a performance outlet, which could include competition or festivals for these singers, and to develop anawareness of singing as a lifelong recreational activity
  •  To raise the awareness among teachers and education administrators that barbershop harmony is a viable musical art form that can help them to expand and improve their vocalmusic curriculum
  •  To serve and be recognized as a valuable resource in support of goals we share with the National Coalition for Music Education

This program is NOT intended to be an active membership
recruitment vehicle for students or their music educators.
The Chicago Metro Chapter has taken this mission to heart. We have
participated in choral festivals and all day seminars at middle schools and high schools to expose students and their teachers to our traditional art form.
We have financially supported other chapters who have initiated Youth In Harmony festivals and competitions.
If you know of a school that may benefit from a Youth In Harmony
visit for one class or all day, please contact the Chicago Metro Chorus to make arrangements.




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