We hope everyone is managing through the COVID 19 pandemic.
When we cancelled our March 17 practice, we had no idea that months later we would still be severely limited in our interactions and singing enjoyment.
During June and July, we held regular Zoom meetings every Tuesday night. This gave us a chance to socialize virtually and practice some singing. Barbershop singing is known for close harmony and singing together to create amazing sounds without the need of compliment. We like to match our sounds with others and ring chords. That does not happen during a live Zoom session.
In August, some of us carefully came together outdoors Tuesday nights to sing in a large circle. This has been an exciting and enjoyable improvement over Zoom, but has other challenges for singers. The distances between us and limitations on sound production outdoors limits the quality of sound we can produce. We are still getting together in September, but weather and earlier sunsets will soon force us to change.
We continue to monitor Public Health recommendations and how other singing organizations are working through the pandemic.
Everyone is looking forward to eventually getting back to getting together and singing together in the future.
Screen print from one of our Zoom sessions early in the summer:
Our style of music is four-part vocal harmony and you might be surprised at the variety of music and entertainment. There are several groups in Ontario that are part of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Take a look as some of the You Tube videos from various local groups to explore Barbershop style music.
If you have any questions, just drop us an e-mail at [email protected]
Below is a picture from last year’s Annual Spring Show.
On April 13, 2019 the Twin City Harmonizers competed at the Ontario District Barbershop spring convention. You can view a video of our performance using the link below.
The power of music continues to amaze:
We would like to share with you a touching story where friends and music combined both in the moment and forever in memories.
Andrew Shackleton, a dear friend and member of the Twin City Harmonizers was in our minds as the chorus performed in our 2017 spring show. Andrew was an amazing person and good friend. We knew he was in hospice care. Ron Coulter, another friend and member of the Twin City Harmonizers recently posted this moving story on Facebook:
I'll always remember the time Ruthe Martin agreed to shoot the Twin City Harmonizers' spring show on Saturday, May 6, 2017. After the show, she asked the men to sing for Andrew Shackelton, who, at the time was in hospice. She recorded the song and posted it to YouTube. My phone buzzed at approximately 11pm. When I realized what it was, I said, "Hey, Andy. The boys are singing for you!" He had been unresponsive for two days at that point, but, when he heard the singing, he raised his hands and directed the chorus. It was an amazing and unforgettable moment. Ruthe and Andrew were both incredibly special people. Rest in peace, Ruthe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o95r6Md6vcs