New Tradition Chorus

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New Tradition Chorus
The New Tradition Chorus
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The New Tradition Chorus is a men's barbershop chorus based in Northbrook, IL, in the Chicago area. Founded in 1982, they have competed at the International Chorus Contest of the Barbershop Harmony Society 19 times, winning a medal on every attempt until the 2009 competition, where they finished 15th. They have won ten bronze medals, a record eight consecutive silver medals (1993–2000), and the gold medal in 2001.


Jay Giallombardo has served as musical director of the New Tradition Chorus in Northbrook from its inception in 1982 until 1990, from 1991 until 2009, and from 2011 to present. Giallombardo is notable in the barbershop community for his 1979 gold medal as baritone for the quartet Grandma's Boys. He has also directed several choruses before the New Tradition Chorus, including the Arlingtones and North Shore chapters of SPEBSQSA, the Melodeers of Sweet Adelines International, and the Village Vocal Chords of Harmony Inc. He directed the Melodeers to a Third Place Bronze at the Sweet Adelines International Contest in 1976 and directed the Village Vocal Chords to a First Place Gold Medal at the Harmony Incorporated International in 1981 and 1983. He also sang bass in Chicago Chord of Trade, a three-time International Quartet Medalist Quartet of SPEBSQSA, and with Excalibur, placing in the International Top 10 Finalists.

Preceded by
Vocal Majority
SPEBSQSA International Chorus Champions
Succeeded by
Masters of Harmony