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Masters of Harmony History

Masters of Harmony

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Based in: Santa Fe Springs, United States.

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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