Alexandria Harmonizers

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The Alexandria Harmonizers are an international champion barbershop chorus based in Alexandria, Virginia. Numbering 95 men in 2009, the chorus is the performing arm of the Alexandria Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, under the direction of Joseph Cerutti, Jr. The Harmonizers have performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Supreme Court, and the White House.


History

The Alexandria, Virginia Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (then SPEBSQSA), was chartered by four "godfathers": Dean Snyder, Eugene Barnwell, Jean Boardman and Louis E. Metcalf, and sponsored by the Washington, DC Chapter (the Singing Capitol Chorus). On June 29, 1948, Boardman presented Ed Poole, the president of the newly-formed chapter, with the charter for the new Alexandria Chapter.

There were four godfathers to the chartering of the Alexandria Harmonizers. Godfather-in-Chief was Dean Snyder, who had just been elected President of the DC Chapter and who, several years later, was to transfer his barbershop allegiance to Alexandria. Godfather Number Two was Eugene Barnwell, then Director of the City of Alexandria's Dept. of Recreation. His chance meeting with Dean on a cold and rainy November night in 1947 on the George Washington Parkway began a chain of barbershop events that has continued for over 59 years. Godfathers Number Three and Four were Jean Boardman and Louis E. Metcalf.

Dean had a long history with barbershopping that began well before there was a Society: he sang in his first quartet, The Troubadours, at the age of nineteen; he was the third person to to sign the charter for the DC Chapter in 1945; and was the force behind establishing a new barbershop chapter in Alexandria.


Contest Placement

The Harmonizers won their first Barbershop Harmony Society International gold medal in 1986, in Salt Lake City and have earned the title three more times since then (1989 Kansas City, 1995 Miami Beach, and 1998 Atlanta). They have also earned 11 other International medals.

The Alexandria Harmonizers have a record of : ---15 International Chorus medals including four championships, ---4 International Medalist Quartets, ---1 International Seniors Quartet Champion, ---1 International Collegiate Quartet Champion, ---23 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus championships, and ---4 Mid-Atlantic District and International Medalist Seniors Quartets.


International

Ineligible for two years after each gold medal.

1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
4th 2nd 2nd
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
3rd 6th 1st 1st
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
3rd 3rd 6th 4th 4th 9th 13th 8th 9th 5th
2011
5th

District

The Alexandria, VA chapter is a member of the Mid-Atlantic District.


Recordings

  • Photographs and Memories (1990)
  • The Harmonizers LIVE! (1997)
  • Wee Small Hours (2002)
  • Comfort and Joy (2005)


External Links

Barbershop Harmony Society - International Chorus Champions
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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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