Ambassadors of Harmony

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The Ambassadors of Harmony (AoH) is a 160+ member men's barbershop chorus, based in St. Charles, Missouri.


History

The group was formed in 1963 as the Daniel Boone Chorus with 26 members, and became a member of SPEBSQSA the following year. The chorus changed its name to the Ambassadors of Harmony in 1990 following its first international competition. The chorus was directed by noted arranger and mathematician David Wright (now assistant director) from 1980 to 1990 and has been directed since 2001 by Jim Henry, bass singer of the 1993 International Quartet Champion, The Gas House Gang, and the 2009 International Quartet Champion, Crossroads . Further supplementing the group's musical leadership is assistant director Jonny Moroni, baritone of Vocal Spectrum, the BHS 2006 International Quartet Champion & 2004 International College Quartet Champion.

Contest Placement

The chorus won International Championship gold medals in 2004 and 2009, each time singing two arrangements by David Wright, under the direction of Jim Henry. Their 2009 victory broke a nearly three-decade winning streak by the Vocal Majority.

Since 1994, the Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus has won top honors in the chorus competition held each October for the 5-state Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. In this period the AOH acquired four 4th place, five 3rd place, and two 2nd place medals in international chorus competition, as well as the 2004 and 2009 gold medals.

At the BHS international chorus contest in July 2007, the group tied for first place with the Westminster Chorus. The tie was decided by the singing category score, earning AoH its first silver medal. The group won another silver medal in the July 2008 international contest in Nashville, Tennessee, then won their second gold medal in July 2009 in Anaheim, California.


International

Competed in 1989 as the Daniel Boone Chorus. Ineligible for two years after each gold medal.

1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
6th 10th 12th 4th 3rd
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 6th 4th 4th 3rd 1st
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2nd 2nd 1st 1st

District (CSD)

Ineligible in 2004-05 and 2009-10 due to International Gold Medals in 2004 and 2009.

1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
10th 11th 9th 11th 11th 2nd
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
2nd 6th 2nd 4th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Recordings

  • Holidays in Gold - 2004
  • Applause - 2000
  • Sing, Sing, Sing - (year)
  • Oh What A Day - 2010

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Chorus Champions
1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
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