What is barbershop?

Barbershop harmony is an American style of unaccompanied vocal music characterized by four-part chords. The melody is consistently sung by the lead, with the tenor harmonizing above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completing the chord.

Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies whose tones clearly define a tonal center and imply major and minor chords and barbershop seventh chords. Barbershop music also features a balanced and symmetrical form, and a standard meter.

The presentation of barbershop music uses appropriate musical and visual methods to convey the theme of the song and provide the audience with an emotionally satisfying and entertaining experience. The musical and visual delivery is from the heart, believable, and sensitive to the song and its arrangement throughout.

History of Sweet Adelines International

After World War II, barbershop singing was growing increasingly popular for men. In 1945, a small group of women wanted to participate in the chord-ringing, fun-filled harmony that the men were singing. So these women organized “Sweet Adelines in America.” From its humble beginnings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sweet Adelines International, as it is now called, has grown to a membership of approximately 25,000 women in countries across the globe.

Pacific Shores Region 12

We are part of SAI Pacific Shores Region 12, which includes choruses in Western Oregon and Northern California. Our region’s choruses meet each year in Reno, Nevada to cheer one another on in competition. Twice a year, we have the opportunity to attend regional events where we learn from nationally recognized instructors, renew friendships, and sing, sing, sing. We also get periodic visits from regional faculty who coach and inspire our chorus.