Ambassadors of Harmony

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The Ambassadors of Harmony in Nashville performing their 2016 BHS Gold Medal winning set

The Ambassadors of Harmony (AOH) is a 130+ member men's barbershop chorus, based in St. Charles, Missouri. The chorus won International Championship gold medals in 2004,[1] 2009,[2] and 2012,[3] each time singing two arrangements by David Wright, under the direction of Dr. Jim Henry, and then again in 2016,[4] under the co-direction of Jonny Moroni & Dr. Henry. Their 2009 victory broke a nearly three-decade winning streak by the Vocal Majority.[note 1][5] The Ambassadors are the current reigning champions, having won the contest in July 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Since 1994,[6][7][8] the Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus has won top honors in the every district chorus competition they have entered for the 5-state Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly known as SPEBSQSA, Inc).[9] In this period the AOH acquired four 4th place,[10] five 3rd place,[11][12][13] and three 2nd place medals in international chorus competition, as well as the 2004,[14][15] 2009,[5][16][17] 2012,[18][19] and 2016[20][21][22] gold medals.

At the BHS international chorus contest in July 2007, the group tied for first place with the Westminster Chorus. The winner was then determined by the singing category score, earning AOH its first silver medal.[23][24] The group won another silver medal in the July 2008 international contest in Nashville, Tennessee, then won their second gold medal in July 2009 in Anaheim, California. Their third gold medal was won in 2012 in Portland, Oregon.

The group was formed in 1963[25] as the Daniel Boone Chorus with 26 members,[26][27] and became a member of SPEBSQSA (the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America)[28] the following year. The chorus changed its name to the Ambassadors of Harmony in 1990 following its first international competition.[29] The chorus was directed by noted arranger[30] and mathematician David Wright[31][32] (now assistant director) from 1981 to 1990[26][33][34][35] and again in 1999-2000[36] and has been directed from 1991 to 1999[37] and since 2001[38] by Dr. Jim Henry (now co-director), bass singer of the 1993 International Quartet Champion, The Gas House Gang,[39][40][41] and the 2009 International Quartet Champion, Crossroads.[17] Since 2013, the group's co-director has been Jonny Moroni, baritone of Vocal Spectrum, the BHS 2006 International Quartet Champion & 2004 International College Quartet Champion.[42][43][44] The chorus is noted for its crisp choreography[45][46][47] and its broad demographics.[13][20][32][48][49][27]

St. Louis Area activity[edit]

The Ambassadors of Harmony performed their championship swan song set in 2005

Municipal Opera performances[edit]

St Louis Muny performances include:

Other performances[edit]

Youth Activities[edit]

  • Acappellooza Fall – Begun in 2002, in partnership with the University of Missouri St. Louis, the program provides an opportunity for 1,100 high school students to take a day trip to work with director Dr. Jim Henry, be mentored by and and hear a set by AOH[97][98][99]
  • College Scholarship – provides a scholarship for a male high-schooler from St. Charles County[100][101][102]
  • Recruits Chorus – Formed in 2012, it is a mixed chorus for youth aged 9–25. The Recruits is co-directed by AOH directors Dr. Jim Henry and Jonny Moroni, they have competed in the BHS MidWinter contest[103]
  • Acappellooza Summer – Since 2013, a four-day camp on the campus of UMSL, led by Dr. Jim Henry, teaching barbershop and a cappella singing[104][105][106]
  • Project Harmony St. Louis – Ambassadors encourage and mentor students at local high schools in barbershop quartetting
  • AcaFest – The newest outreach, beginning in 2016, an October gathering of local high school and college a cappella groups on the campus of Missouri Baptist University to form stronger relationships with the youth a cappella community

International performances[edit]

  • Spring 1999 Ireland[36]
  • March 2004 Germany (BinG! Convention), Netherlands, and Sweden (with The EntertainMen)[107]
  • May 2006 England BABS Convention
  • March 2016 Germany (BinG! Convention)[108]

Discography[edit]

  • All Our Best 1990s [sold out]
  • Sing, Sing, Sing! 2000
  • Applause! 2002
  • Holidays in Gold December 2004
  • Oh What a Day! June 2010
  • Welcome Christmas! December 2011
  • Somewhere 2013

Selection of songs list[edit]

Some of AOH's more popular songs, and their years in repertoire, are:

Awards and recognition[edit]

Preceded by
Westminster Chorus
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
2016
Succeeded by
Current Champions
Preceded by
Masters of Harmony
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
2012
Succeeded by
Toronto Northern Lights
Preceded by
Masters of Harmony
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
2009
Succeeded by
Westminster Chorus
Preceded by
Vocal Majority
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
2004
Succeeded by
Masters of Harmony
  • St Charles County Arty Award – 1996[109]
  • Most Creative Choral Ensemble (Reader's Pick) – 2015[110]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Winning choruses are required to sit out of competition for two years. The Vocal Majority did not compete in 2004.

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