About Us


Who We Are. We are a men's chorus of over 50 active members, some of whom also sing regularly with one of more other choruses. Most of us are veterans of military service, and because all of us are either retired or self-employed, we are glad to perform during the day when many groups cannot. We often sing for retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and church seniors groups.

Chucks Mt. Vernon land-side photo email 12-29-13
Photo by Chuck Botts on 11-21-2013 at Mount Vernon


What We Do. A typical performance features 25-30 of our members, along with one or more of our quartets. We sing songs people love to hear in the traditional style known as “barbershop.” We sing mostly familiar songs, many of them about fun and romance in “the good old days.” All are sung from memory and without accompaniment in the rich harmonies that are the barbershop tradition.


Our Director, Drew Fuller became our Director in January, 2016. He joined Harmony Heritage Singers in 2010, coming to us with a background of then 10 years with the prize-winning Alexandria Harmonizers (still sings with them) and member since 1989 of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He hold's a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music eductation. Drew succeeded Bob Wachter, who directed us for more than 400 performances during the first 20 years of our existence (formed 1996). 


A Great AmericanTradition. As American as apple pie, barbershop singing originated in the late 1800’s in places like barbershops where men got together to socialize. They sang from memory without accompaniment and emphasized close harmony and improvisation. In that way barbershop is a bit like jazz, another distinctively American art form.

 

Now Worldwide. Our parent organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society, was formed in 1938 by a small group of devotees. Its legal and historical title is The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The Society now has affiliates around the world. In the United States there are some 25,000 members in over 800 chapters, including our own, the Mount Vernon, VA chapter.


Chorus in historic dress
 

Harmony Heritage Singers was formed in 1996 by members of the Alexandria Harmonizers whose schedules allowed them to rehearse and present performances during the day. Some of our current members "discovered" barbershop only recently, but most have sung this wonderful style of music for many years.

 

Typical Program


Our performances are usually 45 minutes to an hour in length. A typical program might go like this:


Hi, Neighbor                                                                                                                      

Hello, Mary Lou                                               

Heart of My Heart

Lida Rose

  (Quartet )

Turn Your Radio On                                                                                        

Armed Forces Medley  

Who Put the Bomp?      

Sing-along: You Are My Sunshine                            

Old Bones

  (Quartet)          

If the Lord Be Willin’                                                                      

Medley of Patiotic American Songs                                 

  

Recent Performances

Fairfax County Seniors, Reston, VA

First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA

Greenspring, Springfield, VA

Honor Flights, Reagan National Airport, VA

Knollwood Military Retirement Residence, Wash, DC

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA

Mount Vernon Estate Annual Veterans Day Observance

Southern Division Chorus Contest, Reston, VA

St. Louis Catholic School, Alexandria, VA

 

To learn more, Visit Us. If you're a singer, consider Joining Us. And if you'd like us to perform for your organization, Book Us. We'd love to perform for you!


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



 
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