The Central Connecticut Chapter, CT Yankee chorus has been a member of the BarbershopHarmony Society for 58 years. We are an all male singing ensemble who enjoy singing, fraternity and promoting vocal music in our communities. We come from all walks of life and enjoy sharing our hobby with all ages. We are always looking for singers who love to sing and entertain audiences in our community . We rehearse at the Daniel Doherty Recreation Center on Wednesdays 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. We sing in chorus, and quartets, each week and share friendship with our members along with refreshments at the end of each meeting
Please call President, Chris Hall 203-675-9284 or email for information to come visit one evening as our guest. We will be happy to meet and guide you to our rehearsal hall. I think you will truly enjoy the experience.
What is the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS)?
The BHS is comprised of over 800 USA chapters. Our chapter currently has 20 active members out of over 24,000 members currently of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Our society is also international with over 1000 affiliate members in eight foreign countries.
Who is the Central Connecticut Chapter?
Our chapter is made up of men who reside in over a dozen central Connecticut towns. We love to sing, harmonize and perform as part of a chorus or quartet. We have a diverse repertoire of crowd-pleasing songs and have performed as a chorus and with our quartets throughout the state. Although we sing unaccompanied, we have performed with the Wallingford and Waterbury Symphonies. To sharpen our skills, we also compete at the Northeastern Divisional and District levels and have been a past winner of the small chorus championship.
Our group is made up of men of all ages who come from all walks of life brought together by their love of four-part harmony and their joy of singing and performing. Under the musical guidance of our director Hart School of Music graduate Tony Nasto and strong music team, you will have the benefit of the best coaching and opportunity to improve your singing skills. Our mission is to promote acapella vocal harmony and good fellowship among our members and throughout our communities.
What is our musical style?
Ours is a traditional American musical style sung in four part unaccompanied close harmony. The melody is carried in the second voice and is called the LEAD (that’s what I sing). The TENOR is the high part and harmonizes above the lead. The BASS sings the lowest notes and provides the solid foundation for our four-part harmony. The BARITONE fills in the missing notes to complete the chord, sometimes above and sometimes below the melody or LEAD part. There is a great of traditional melodies that are enjoyed and cherished as we learn and sing them in our shows and competitions. We also are challenged with newer song that have been written or arranged by some of our very talented, Barbershop Harmony Society arrangers.
How do we learn our songs?
One does not need to know how to read music to sing with us; of course it certainly would help but not necessary. We practice by using CD's that have our voice part dominant, by singing in our part sections, and rehearsing in the chorus and in quartets. Our talented director, Tony Nasto strives for excellence and having fun as they guide us through the learning process and our performances. I assure you that you will become a better singer as you learn and practice the coaching provided by Tony.It is challenging and very rewarding to be part of an organization which can create such beautiful heart felt harmonies.
It is challenging and very rewarding to be part of an organization which can create such beautiful heart felt harmonies. It is a joy to entertain audiences with the great songs and arrangements available to us.