Great Lakes Chorus

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The Great Lakes Chorus of Grand Rapids, MI, won the chorus contest at the 1953 BHS International convention. The International Executive Committee awarded them the title 1953 International 'Convention' Championship Chorus with the "convention" annotation. The title International Champion Chorus was not awarded until the following year. More information here.


History

In November 1939, members of the Schubert Club and local men that enjoyed singing barbershop met at the Pantlind Hotel (now the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel), and formed the Grand Rapids Barbershop Chapter. In 1947, the Chapter created the Great Lakes Chorus as their official choral singing group, to offer aspiring quartetters a large group in which they can learn barbershop harmony and hone their skills.


As of 2010, the Great Lakes Chorus has been crowned District Champions 11 times. They represented the Pioneer District 15 times at the International Contest between 1981 and 2002, more than any other Pioneer District Chapter in the history of the Society.


Contest Placement

International

1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
1st 8th 12th
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
13th 14th 16th 14th 15th 17th
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
20th 18th 21st 19th
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
21st 21st

District (PIO)

District Champions: 1953, 1955, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2010

Recordings

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
2013