In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Since 1985, the Masters of Harmony chorus has risen to the highest levels of choral singing and has gained an international reputation for its mastery of technically demanding close harmony in the a cappella style. Under the direction of Mark Hale, the internationally acclaimed men's chorus has a dynamic repertoire that encompasses music from the classics to jazz, patriotic to sacred, rounded out with standards and Broadway pops. The musical magic and performance artistry rendered by more than 100 singers elicit standing ovations at every concert. No one is left untouched when the Masters of Harmony performs.
The Masters of Harmony was founded in 1985 and chartered as the Foothill Cities, California Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. In December of 1987 we moved to the City of Santa Fe Springs and commenced a relationship with the city government and the community that has continued to blossom and thrive. Our purpose was, and still is, to pursue musical excellence, with every member expected to be an active participant in the chorus and its related activities.
Starting with a handful of men, the chorus has quickly risen to the upper echelon of a-cappella choral music. The Masters now boasts more than 140 singers, several Division and District titles and seven International Chorus Championships -- 1990 (San Francisco); 1993 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada); 1996 (Salt Lake City); 1999 (Anaheim); 2002 (Portland); 2005 (Salt Lake City); and 2008 (Nashville). These victories represent the outcome of a competition open to more than 800 choruses from the United States and several foreign countries.
One of the highlights of the 1996 contest in Salt Lake City, Utah was the opportunity the Masters of Harmony had to sing with the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday, July 7th. Under the direction of Dr. Greg Lyne, the Masters (in white) combined their voices with the choir to perform the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at the traditional Sunday morning Interfaith Service. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform with such a world-class organization in such a beautiful, historic venue.
Besides cyclic competition at divisional, district and international contests, the chorus also performs publicly on the average of once a month. Engagements include barbershop shows, commercial bookings, community concerts, corporate meetings, and other special events.
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Review: What a treat! Two gold-medal winning choruses on one CD. As both choruses are based in the LA area they decided to join up and record a CD together so we have The Masters of Harmony and the Westminster Chorus taking turns singing some great barbershop music. These sixteen tracks show exactly why these are two of the top male choruses of the day with a powerful yet refined sound that clearly demonstrate the talent of the singers and the respective directors. The wide variety of songs are bound to please all.
Songlist: Get Happy, Precious Lord, Stand By Me, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go , Stars And Stripes Forever, Hallelujah, No More Sorrow, Mary, Did You Know?, Song Of America, Great Day, For Good, Lux Arumque, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Go Down Moses, Ave Maria, The Dream Is Carried On
Stand By Me
Review: "Portrait" is a strong new collection from the dynamic, 7-time BHS International Chorus champions Masters of Harmony. 15 finely-crafted tunes including some of our favorites "Go Down Moses, "I Will Go Sailing No More," "Good Luck Charm" and "Sold" (sung with 2008 BHS Quartet champs OC Times), "Stand By Me," "Nice 'N Easy" (sung with 2008 Far Western District Quartet champs Masterpiece, "Yona From Arizona," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Portrait of My Love Medley." The Masters, directed by Michigan Jake member Mark Hale, has a wonderful, complex sound that adds new dimensions to these classic songs. Enjoy one of Barbershop's great champion choruses's.
Songlist: Go Down Moses, I Will Go Sailing No More, Blues in the Night, Roll On, Mississippi, Good Luck Charm, For Good, Stand By Me, Bach Fugue in D Minor, Nice 'N' Easy, Wonderful One, Yona From Arizona, Time After Time, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Sold, Portrait of My Love Medley
Singin' In The Rain Medley
Review: For the 15 years of its existence, The Masters of Harmony has been the toast of the barbershop chorus world, winning the coveted SPEBSQSA gold medal five times-whoops, make that six with their 2005 triumph in Salt Lake City! This, and "The Way We Were" are proof that the best keep getting better. A walk down memory lane from their winning performances under 3 directors, Mark Hale, Jeff Oxley and Brett Littlefield, this collection of 14 winners also includes signature songs from the Masters' four international champion quartets, Nightlife, Revival, Michigan Jake and Gotcha!, all with close ties to the group. Al Jolson's "California, Here I Come" tops the bill and begins like a train getting up to steam, Sammy Cahn's "All the Way" segues into a Southern trilogy, "The Birth of the Blues," "Song of the South" and a wonderful "Here Comes the Showboat;" "Singin' In the Rain Medley," "Make 'Em Laugh," "That's How Rhythm Was Born," the heart-tugging title tune, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" (surprisingly with orchestra, saxophone and piano)--the hits just keep on coming. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" end this powerful collection on just the right note. Our congrats to the M of H for their recent win at SLC, and for bringing us this "best of the best" CD!
Songlist: California, Here I Come, Witchcraft, All The Way, The Birth Of The Blues (Nightlife), Song Of The South, Here Comes The Showboat, This Ole House (Revival), Singin' In The Rain Medley, Make 'Em Laugh, That's How Rhythm Was Born (Michigan Jake), The Way We Were, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, Battle Hymn Of The Republic (Gotcha!), The Stars And Stripes Forever
Christmas Eve In My Home Town
Review: A feel-good Christmas CD is the latest from the multiple gold medal-winning chorus Masters of Harmony. Besides the title tune, some of our favorites: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays," "Some Children See Him," "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," "O Little Town Of Bethlehem," "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen," "Angels We Have Heard On High," and a triumphant "Joy To The World." But all 14 songs are winners. Purist's warning: some light accompaniment and sound effects.
Songlist: It's Christmas Time, Christmas Eve In My Home Town, Merry Christmas, Darling, I Wonder What You Are Doing For Christmas?, Happy Holiday/Holiday Season, Sheperds, Come Quick, Some Children See Him, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Jesu Parvule, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, Joy To The World
Review: On July 6, 1996, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the MOH chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Lyne, captured first place gold medals in SPEBSQSA's International Chorus Competition for the third straight time. In addition, Nightlife, a quartet from the ranks of the chorus, won the gold in the International Quartet Contest. The Santa Fe Springs, CA-based group took home all the gold there was to be had, and these 13 great tunes show us why: "All Aboard for Dixie Land," "Brother Can You Spare A Dime," "Whatever Happened to Melody," "Porgy and Bess Medley," "Love Is A Many Spendored Thing," "Ragtime Medley," "Alexander's Band Medley," "Just A Kid Named Joe," "My Romance," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "Basin Street Blues," "'Cross The Mason-Dixon Line" and "Love Me And The World Is Mine." Powerful, smooth, prize-winning stuff from the Masters!
Songlist: All Aboard for Dixie Land, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, Whatever Happened to Melody?, Porgy And Bess Medley, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Ragtime Medley, Alexander's Band Medley, Just a Kid Named Joe, My Romance, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Basin Street Blues, 'Cross the Mason-Dixon Line, Love Me, And the World Is Mine
Review: A masterpiece is a work which proves beyond doubt the mastery of a certain discipline. This recording is no exception for those of us who weren't fortunate to be present when The Masters of Harmony, under the direction of Dr. Greg Lyne, won the gold medal and were acclaimed International Chorus Champions in both l990 and l993. Masterpiece begins with a long fascinating medley of nine Jerome Kern songs with an announcer giving brief historical notes in between the excerpts. This is a great recording. "Puttin' On The Ritz" and "Ya Got Trouble" are likely to become standards by which other choruses measure their progress, in fact this whole album will!
Songlist: Jerome Kern Medley, Puttin' On the Ritz, There Used to Be a Ballpark Right Here, Ya Got Trouble, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, Deep River, I Had Someone Else Before I Had You/ Who' s Sorry Now?, You Keep Coming Back Like a Song, How to Build a Chorus, The Joint Is Jumpin' , Make Our Garden Grow, Soliloquy
Review: This multiple gold-medal award winning chorus is consistently delightful. Directed by Dr. Greg Lyne, their sound is immense, yet compact. With marvelous adaptations of favorites such as "Joy To The World" (where the use of dynamics, stepwise motion and rhythmic variation between voice-parts creates a surprising excitement), or the "Christmas Waltz Medley" (featuring "My Favorite Things"), the Masters of Harmony are never predictable. The "Gift Carol," a Catalonian folk carol with a delicate and exquisitely harmonized melody in 3/4, is a highlight.
Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, Joy to the World World-Adeste Fidelis, Gift Carol, O Holy Night, Christmas Waltz Medley, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, We Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas, Feast of Lights, Ring de Christmas Bells, Carol of the Bells, The Little Drummer Boy, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, The Christmas Song, Coventry Carol, Silver Bells, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Review: All American Barbershop ensemble singing at its finest, this chorus has some sort of compulsion to win gold medals in competition - four golds so far! "Showtime" has a Hollywood film medley and patriotic medley - both arranged by then-director Dr. Greg Lyne - as well as a line-up of barbershop "hits" that don't quit. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Old St Louie," and "Basin St. Blues" (the latter featuring the Masters Of Dixieland Band, who will convert the most cantankerous skeptic to the virtues of the saxophone), are just a few. Though over 140 in number, the Masters nonetheless are as one voice, one breath.
Songlist: Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, Miss You, Old St. Louie, Basin Street Blues, The Mardi Gras March, Old Fashioned Girl in a Gingham Gown, Patriotic Medley, When Day Is Done / Mississippi Mud, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, I Believe, Hollywood Film Medley