The Westminster Chorus

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The Westminster Chorus (formerly known as the Harmony Showcase Chorus) is a men's a cappella chorus based in Westminster, California. They are the 2010 and 2007 International Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society and are composed almost entirely of men under the age of 30.


History

The town of Westminster, in Orange County, CA has supported a barbershop chapter for almost half a century; but by the 1990s, it had an aging membership and no active performing chorus. In 2002 a small group of younger men from the Masters of Harmony chorus in nearby Santa Fe Springs, CA decided they would like to try to start a barbershop chorus with the mission of bringing younger men together to make music with others their own age. Founding member Terry Ghiselli approached the men of the Westminster chapter, which at the time only boasted 8 members, and they were glad to allow the teens to pick up and use the chapter charter in order to produce their vision of a youth-oriented chorus.


Contest Placement

International

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
9th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd

District (FWD)

Disqualified in 2002 due to membership irregularities. Ineligible to compete in 2007-08 due to International Gold Medal.

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
DQ 1st 1st 1st 1st

Non-BHS Competitions

  • 2nd round, America's Got Talent, 2007 (Season 2)
  • 2nd place (Male Chorus), Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod 2009
  • Choir of the World, Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod 2009

Recordings

It Only Takes a Moment (2010)
Sloop John B
Have a Little Talk with Myself
Shenandoah
Early American Uptempo Medley
It Only Takes a Moment
Goodbye Dixie, Goodbye
Let's Burn Up the Town
Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
Bogoroditse Devo
Make Our Garden Grow
Lux Aurumque
Nat King Cole Medley
Hit that Jive Jack
Still Fighting It
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Chorus Champions
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