Vision and Mission Statement:
of Harmony will be recognized as the highest quality and
most entertaining choral organization in the St. Louis
metropolitan area and the Barbershop Harmony Society. Our mission is to educate our membership in order
to continually improve in vocal quality, performance,
and personal fulfillment” in a cappella singing. When
we perform, our goal is to give a gift that will change
the lives of the people in our audience.
stated above, has created an environment in which the
chorus continues to strive for musical and performing
Ambassadors of Harmony chorus has an extensive a cappella
repertoire, including contemporary, Broadway, gospel,
folk, and light jazz music, and we maintain, as well,
a continuing commitment to preserving and singing in the
barbershop harmony style. Our music appeals to audiences of all ages.
July of 2012, under the direction of Jim Henry, The Ambassadors
of Harmony won the International Chorus Championship, held
in Portland Oregon, for the second consecutive time. They had previously won the championship in 2009 and
2004. In July of 2007, The Ambassadors of Harmony came
very close to a gold medal in a first place tie with the
Westminster Chorus at the Barbershop Harmony Society International
Chorus Competition in Denver Colorado. Per the Society's
tie-breaking rules, they were awarded the second-place
Silver Medal. In 2008. the chorus
again took the Silver Medal at the International competition
in Nashville, Tennessee, missing a win by three tenths
of a percentage point.
of Harmony Chorus won First Place in the chorus competition
for the 5-state Central States District of the Barbershop
Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA, Inc) in 15 consecutive attempts,
the most recent win occurring in October 2011.
has acquired four 4th Place, five 3rd Place Medals in
International chorus competition, as well as the 2009/2004
Gold and 2007/2008 Silver Medals.
Ambassadors of Harmony provide the finest a cappella entertainment
to St. Louis area patrons, and have performed to sellout
audiences at their annual shows, and at many other performance
St. Charles Chapter was formed in 1963 by 26 men at St.
Charles, Missouri, and affiliated with the Society for the
Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing
in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA, Inc - now the Barbershop Harmony
Society) in April
of 1964 (click for details).
Current membership in the chapter is approximately
men, ranging in age from 12 to 80. Members of The Ambassadors
of Harmony come from throughout the Metropolitan St. Louis
area as well as from outside the area. There are currently
in the performing chorus.
Musical Director, Dr. James Henry, is head of the choral studies department at the University
of Missouri - St. Louis. He has a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Washington
University, St. Louis, MO, and sang bass with The Gas House
Gang (1993 International Quartet Champions). He now sings
bass with CrossRoads, the 2009 International Champion
Quartet. For further details click
Associate Director, Dr. David Wright, is Professor of Mathematics
at Washington University, and is one of the premiere song
writers and arrangers of a cappella music. For further details, click
will continue to strive for higher levels of excellence.
If you sing well and want to participate in our mission
- "to continually improve in vocal quality, performance,
and personal fulfillment in a cappella singing" come
and visit us. You might be someone who could join us in
touching the lives of those for whom we perform in a very
you are considering the possibility of joining us, or just
enjoy great music, you are welcome to visit our rehearsal
on any Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. at Memorial Hall, Blanchette
Park, in St. Charles, Missouri. Click
Here for directions.
Click Here for the YouTube Video of our
2012 Contest Performance
Click Here for the YouTube Video of 76 Trombones
Meet our members!
Introducing our quartets!
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