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The Granite Statesmen
Barbershop Harmony

The Granite Statesmen is the Nashua Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and was founded in 1955. Barbershop harmony is a uniquely American tradition of acappella singing that is best known for its four part harmony (tenor, lead, baritone, and bass) and ringing chords. This style of singing is an American development in much the same way that jazz, blues, and gospel music are. Originally sung by male quartets, there are now female quartets and male and female barbershop harmony choruses. The Granite Statesmen is such a chorus and has approximately 60 members. Within this group there are several quartets who can perform or teach independently. The Nashua chapter draws its members largely from southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts and several people have been in the chapter for over 30 years. The Granite Statesmen put on several shows a year including a Spring show and a Christmas Cabaret, both held in greater Nashua. The group can perform in different configurations (quartets to full chorus) depending upon purpose of the event. On occasion, they donate a performance for a worthy cause.

Preferred activities and age groups: Demonstrations, performances, lectures, and hands on workshops at schools, community locations such as libraries, historic societies, lecture halls, fairs, festivals, and museums. Their primary focus is on performing but they are available for vocal lessons and to coach existing quartets and choruses. Interested in working with school-aged children Kindergarten through high school, college students, adults and the elderly.

Availability: Statewide year round.

Flexible, depending on the number of chorus members performing.

Contact Information:
Gordon Clarke
PO Box 3880
Nashua, NH 03061-3880
Phone: 603/886-7464
Alt. Phone: 603/886-7464


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