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The Barbershop Harmony Society is the world’s largest a capella singing Society, with 19,000 members across North America; affiliated men’s and women’s organizations in more than a dozen countries bring the total number of active singers to more than 80,000 worldwide.

Through active programs in music education, publishing, performance and outreach, the Society preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American close harmony musical art form whose roots lie in African-American improvisation and European harmony traditions.

Founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), the Society now expends nearly $1 million annually in support of community and school programs that bring the fellowship, fulfillment and excitement of vocal music to a new generation of singers.

To perpetuate the old American institution: the barbershop quartet and barbershop harmony / To promote appreciation of barbershop harmony / To initiate and maintain a broad program of musical education, contests, and appreciation in support of barbershop harmony and the allied arts / To establish and maintain foundations that support our vision / To initiate, promote and participate in charitable projects that support our vision
Everyone in Harmony
We bring people together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing.
Everyone In Harmony:
Nashville, TN
45 US Employees
Choral Arts


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