Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hemlock Harmony Brigade 2018

Nineteen years ago a small group of barbershop singers from central Pennsylvania and western Maryland started gathering together for the purpose of socializing and demonstrating their craft. Barry Halbritter in conjunction with the Altoona Horseshoe Chorus has been hosting the event at Halbritters Hemlock Lodge in recent years. The event has grown each year to include over 140 participants this year. The group is a mixture of both men's and women's choruses, men's and women's quartets. Music styles performed during the course of the evening included barbershop, modern day a cappella, patriotic and novelty numbers. Dean McKnight shared his comedic talents as MC. The evening was capped off with a delicious meal. As is usual; participants broke off into smaller groups to showcase their talent with both old and new friends. Needless to say; a great time was had by all. Singers attending the event traveled from State College, Altoona, and Somerset Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Altoona's Sweet Adeline Altoona Chorus represented the ladies Chapters. Flight 93 and Cumberland Valley Chord Factory, comprised of members of various Chapters also performed. If you love to sing; look up one of the Barbershop Harmony chapters in your area. Information may be found at Altoona Horseshoe Chorus has many links listed at

Michael Kuzio

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