About Barbershop

As a Barbershop Chorus we specialise in a unique four part close harmony style developed in the 1930’s & 40’s during what we call the Barbershop revival period. The roots of this type of harmony singing began in the late 19th century.

The style basically involves four sections:

  • the Basses who sing the notes on the lower line in the bass clef and whose function is to provide the driving force or the engine on which the whole song is sustained.
  • the Lead section, outlines the melody of the song which is of course the part most people are familiar with.
  • the Tenors, sing the notes on the top line of the treble clef often hitting an octave above the basses and frequently having to cross that bridge into falsetto voice. Without their voices we could not achieve the harmonic resonance and ring that can magically rise from a well executed chord.
  • the Baritones sing the notes on the upper line of the bass clef although sometimes these notes drop below the bass voice. The effect on the overall sound is to enrich the depth and fullness of the harmony.

Please watch this short video to get an overview of what we do, and why we enjoy it so much…

As you can imagine, we cannot do without any of these essential voices and that’s what makes the group so interdependent and so conscious of our relationship to each other. It fosters care for each other and great satisfaction in a team effort. We love performing and the applause for which we all take equal credit, is music to our ears .

Our four music section leaders ensure that the various parts are well rehearsed and professional in presentation.

Our President and various officers, coordinate all of the many functions within the group, our appointments, our musical education, repertoire, membership intake, wardrobe and all the administrative matters which every association has to deal with.

Our Musical Director takes responsibility for the quality of our performance at concerts and has a unique talent in managing four part harmony.

We welcome many new male singers at our annual Feb/Mar voice coaching program, who often stay on to become members. No doubt we will welcome many more throughout the year.
Our members come from the Sunshine Coast and hinterland and meet throughout the year:

7.30 pm on Wednesday nights
Buderim Uniting Church Hall
cnr of Gloucester and King St
Buderim

For more details about joining the group see our list of Contacts and use either telephone or contact form to arrange a visit.