Sound of the Rockies

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The Mile High Chapter, Sound of the Rockies Chorus is a member of the Rocky Mountain District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The chapter is based in Denver, Colorado. The chapter is most well-known for being a perennial chorus medalist since 2007.

History

In late 1999, leaders of the old Mile-Hi and Denver Tech chapters began a series of meetings to discuss the possibility of a "merger". A fearful word in the Barbershop world, since mergers virtually never work. The remarkable idea gained momentum and support until both leadership teams felt they were ready to present their idea to their respective chapters.

The fairly radical idea of merging the two chapters into one large chorus under the direction of a young, untried director, Darin Drown, was met with overwhelming support by the members. On January 1, 2000, the new Mile High "Sound of the Rockies" chorus was born. Darin Drown stepped down as the musical director at the end of 2014. Mark Hale, lead of Michigan Jake and former director of the Masters of Harmony and the Louisville Times was brought on at the start of 2015. The chorus was invited to sing for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France in 2019. Mark stepped down as the musical director for SOR in 2022. Tyler Wigginton was appointed in Mark's absence as the frontline music director.

The Denver Mile High Chapter merged with the "Boulder Timberliners" (later renamed The Timberliners in 2022 in the response to the Everyone In Harmony initiative. In the past it had also served as a parent organization to the youth chorus 52eighty.


Contest Placement

International

  • Before 2000, tracks both Mile-Hi and Denver Tech chapters.
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
9th 7th 9th
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
14th 11th 13th 11th 11th
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
8th 15th 10th 13th
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
8th 7th 6th 7th 6th 3rd 4th 4th 4th
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
3rd 4th 4th 5th 6th 4th 6th
2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026]] 2027 2028 2029
7th

District (RMD)

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
N/A N/A 1st 1st

Recordings

  • Sing We Noel - 2007
  • Joy in my Soul
  • Goodness & Light
  • Sound of the Rockies

See Also

BHS International Chorus Medalists

External Links