Alexandria Harmonizers

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Alexandria Harmonizers
Alexandria Harmonizers logo.jpg
Logo of the Alexandria Harmonizers chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Background information
Origin Alexandria, Virginia USA
Genres Barbershop, Choral
Years active 1948–present
Website harmonizers.org
Members Music Director: Joe Cerutti, Jr.
President: Terry Reynolds

The Alexandria Harmonizers are an international champion barbershop chorus based in Alexandria, Virginia. Numbering 110 men in 2013, 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[edit]

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

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 14 other International medals and are the 2014 Mid-Atlantic District chorus champion.

Musical Directors[edit]

  • 1948–1950: Eugene Barnwell, one of the charter members and a "godfather"
  • 1950–1951: Werner Paul
  • 1951–1962: Dr. Harold "Bud" Arberg, Sr.
  • 1963–1970: Oz Newgard
  • 1970–1980: Scott Werner, who directed the Harmonizers to their first BHS International medal in 1978 (they placed 4th)
  • 1980–1983: John Hohl, who directed the Harmonizers to International 3rd place bronze in 1982
  • 1984–2002: Scott Werner, who returned and directed the Harmonizers to all four of their gold medals
  • 2002–2006: Richard Lewellen
  • 2007–present: Joseph Cerutti, Jr., who has directed the Harmonizers to 3 International Bronze medals: 2010 5th place Philadelphia, 2011 5th place Kansas City, and 3rd place Toronto in 2013

Discography[edit]

  • Havin' Fun
  • Live on Stage
  • Photographs and Memories (cassette; 1990)
  • The Harmonizers LIVE! (CD; 1997)
  • Wee Small Hours (CD; 2002)
  • Comfort and Joy (CD; 2005)

Awards and recognition[edit]

Preceded by
Vocal Majority
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
1998
Succeeded by
Masters of Harmony
Preceded by
Vocal Majority
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
1995
Succeeded by
Masters of Harmony
Preceded by
Vocal Majority
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
1989
Succeeded by
Masters of Harmony
Preceded by
Vocal Majority
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
1986
Succeeded by
West Towns Chorus

Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Champion 23 times — 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

See also[edit]

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