Who We Are

History

In 1946, we began as 20 members of a Moose glee club, six of whom were already barbershoppers. We organized as a barbershop chorus in August 1948, and were officially chartered as the Belleville Bell Notes from Belleville, Illinois, by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quarter Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), now the Barbershop Harmony Society. Our initial group of 35 members held its first annual show May 21, 1950, and began a long history of community activity.

In 2004, we changed our name to the Southwestern Illinois Sounds of Harmony Barbershop Chorus, indicative of the region we represent. Although we remain chartered in Belleville, Illinois, we rehearse in Fairview Heights and our members come from all over the St. Louis Metro East area and from as far away as 80 miles. Four-part barbershop harmony is the core of what we sing, but our repertory includes many contemporary songs. Today, our total membership stands at 34 and approximately 24 people make up our singing chorus.

Over the years, our chorus and quartets have performed for benefits, chambers of commerce, churches, hospital groups, nursing homes, a shopping mall, teachers' associations, and numerous other community events and organizations. We participate in many street fairs and parades in communities throughout Southwestern Illinois and support a variety of charities in our region.

We are always looking for men of ALL ages to join us. If you can carry a tune and love to sing, you’re our kind of person. You don’t need to be a great or accomplished singer or be able to read music. We’ll provide you with the tools and training you need.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as the best singing small chorus by the Illinois District and the Community.

To be active in the Illinois District and the Community for the propagation of the Barbershop Style.

Mission Statement

To perpetuate the institution of Barbershop Harmony, the Barbershop Quartet, and promote and encourage vocal harmony and good fellowship among its members and the community, and;
To serve the musical needs of all current members by providing and actively supporting a wide variety of Barbershop opportunities, and;
To encourage and promote the education of its members, and;
To promote and participate in charitable projects in and around our community, and;
To actively promote Barbershop harmony among the youth of our community.

Accomplishments

Second Place, Illinois District Contest - 2010, 2013, 2014
Voted Most Entertaining Small Chorus - 2008
Fifth Place, Illinois District Contest, 2002, 2005, and 2008
Illinois District 4A Plateau winner in 2002, 2003, and 2005
Second Place, Buckeye Invitational Small Chorus Contest, 2003
Southern Illinois' best barbershop chorus since April 1991
Greater St. Louis Area Small Chorus Champion:
1987, 1989, 1990, 1995 thru 2000, and 2002.
Illinois District Plateau A Champion, 1997.
Illinois District Small Chorus Champion, 1994.


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