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Hanover barbershop group opens chorus to youth members

August 8, 2014

By Lauren Linhard, The Evening Sun, Hanover, Pa.

Aug. 08--Barbershop music is the original form of acapella performance, said Ralph McGregor, president of Hanover's Standardbred Barbershop Chorus.

When the lead, baritone, tenor and bass notes come together, it sounds like there's a full orchestra behind the singers, McGregor said.

It makes your hair stand on end, said charter member Don Myers about what he calls the barbershop harmony, and people get excited about it.

That's why the chorus, which is approaching its 50th anniversary, is looking to add more young singers to group. The hope is to pass along the love of barbershop music to the next generation, Myers said.

"A lot of kids don't understand the thrill of singing in a quartet until they've heard it and try it," Myers said. "And once they have tried it, it's something that really sticks. I know it stuck with me."

Myers joined the chorus in 1965 when he was teaching at Hanover High School. He saw a flyer taped on the wall and began going to rehearsals almost immediately, he said.

The goal now, McGregor said, is to get back into those schools and work with area voice and music directors. If students are exposed to the barbershop sound in class, they might attend one of the rehearsals, he said.

"We have to get their attention and, hopefully, they will find some favor in the barbershop style and try it out," McGregor said. "It can only add to their comprehensive music package as a student."

The chorus welcomed its first youth member to the organization in July. Isaac Silver, a sophomore at Hanover High School, is the grandson of charter member Dick Weaver.

Isaac has starred in school performances of "Aida," "Little Mermaid" and "Phantom of the Opera." He said joining the barbershop chorus is another way to get his voice out there.

"I love to sing and my grandpa influenced that a lot," Isaac said. "The barbershop chorus is just a bunch of great guys with so much wisdom to share who come together to sing, and that's great to see."

If you go

What: Hanover Barbershop Chorus Annual Show

When: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27

Where: Hanover High School, 401 Moul Ave., Hanover

More info:

Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals are open to interested members at 7:30 p.m every Monday at 425 Westminster Ave., Hanover.


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