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Barbershop Quartet Day

Get ready to harmonize and tap your feet - Barbershop Quartet Day is here! Enjoy the sweet sounds of four-part a cappella melodies all day long.
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April 11
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Dust off your vocal chords and get ready to harmonize because April 11 is Barbershop Quartet Day! This fun holiday celebrates the unique style of a cappella singing, often characterized by four-part harmony. The origins of this musical genre can be traced back to African American communities in the late 1800s, where barbershops served as gathering places for men to socialize and sing together. Today, barbershop quartets are known for their lively performances and catchy tunes, making them a beloved part of American culture. So gather your friends and celebrate this day with some good old-fashioned singing!

History of Barbershop Quartet Day

Barbershop Quartet Day Dates

Barbershop Quartet Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1860s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Barbershop Harmonies</div><div class='timeline-text'>African American communities in the United States begin informal barbershop quartet singing as a form of socializing and entertainment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1938</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Society for the Preservation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society, is founded to preserve the style's tradition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1944</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion of Women Singers</div><div class='timeline-text'>Sweet Adelines, later known as Sweet Adelines International, a women’s organization dedicated to barbershop singing, is founded.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1957</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Barbershop Harmony Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first international convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society is held, turning quartet singing into an organized competition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div the 'timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Barbershop Harmony Society introduces the first youth barbershop quartet contest to engage younger singers in the tradition.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Barbershop Harmony Society Goes Coed</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Barbershop Harmony Society opens its membership to women, allowing mixed quartets to participate in competitions.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Sing along with a barbershop quartet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local barbershop quartet and attend one of their performances. Sing along with them and immerse yourself in the beautiful harmonies and melodies of this unique musical style.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a barbershop quartet karaoke night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over and have a barbershop quartet karaoke night. Choose some classic barbershop songs and take turns singing each part. It's sure to be a fun and memorable evening.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn to harmonize like a barbershop quartet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sign up for a vocal lesson or workshop that teaches you how to harmonize like a barbershop quartet. You'll gain a new appreciation for the music and may even discover a hidden talent.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a barbershop quartet competition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find out if there are any barbershop quartet competitions happening in your area and attend as a spectator. You'll be amazed by the talent and passion of these groups.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a movie or documentary about barbershop quartets</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends or family and watch a movie or documentary about barbershop quartets. Not only will you learn more about the history and culture of this musical style, but it will also be a fun and educational way to celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Barbershop Quartet Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a celebration of a unique singing style</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Barbershop quartet singing is a fun, melodious and harmonious style of music that is instantly recognizable. It's a joy to listen to and is often associated with nostalgic feelings of the 'good old days'.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Barbershop quartets are all about harmony - not just in their music, but also in their camaraderie. The four voices come together to create something beautiful and this celebration encourages people to come together, sing and have a good time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It showcases impressive vocal skills</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Barbershop quartets require vocal precision, excellent breath control, and perfect pitch. By celebrating Barbershop Quartet Day, we recognize the talent and hard work that goes into mastering this distinctive singing style.</p></div></div>

5 Harmonious Facts for Barbershop Quartet Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Barbershop Quartet Music Can Have a "Fifth Voice"</h3><p class='facts-content'>One unique aspect of barbershop quartet singing is the "overtone" or "expanded sound." When the four parts are perfectly in tune, a fifth voice, an overtone or a resonant ring, can be heard.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>All Parts are Equally Important in a Barbershop Quartet</h3><p class='facts-content'>No one part carries the melody all the time in a barbershop quartet. It bounces around from the lead to the bass, to the tenor and then to the baritone, making each member equally integral to the harmony.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There is an Annual Barbershop Quartet Day Celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma</h3><p class='facts-content'>Every year, the headquarters of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hosts the “festival of champions,” a day-long celebration with performances by international champion quartets to mark Barbershop Quartet Day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Barbershop Quartet Culture Extends Across the Globe</h3><p class='facts-content'>This unique art form is not confined only to America. There are Barbershop Harmony organizations in New Zealand, Sweden, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and several other countries.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Barbershop Quartet Music Helps Improve Mental Health</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies have shown that singing in a group releases endorphins, which are often known as 'happiness hormones.' This can help lower stress levels, enhance mood and improve mental well-being overall.</p></div></div>

Barbershop Quartet Day FAQs

When is Barbershop Quartet Day?

Barbershop Quartet Day is celebrated on April 11 every year. In 2024 Barbershop Quartet Day will occur on a Thursday.

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