Women's Barbershop Chorus
Why Maine-ly Harmony?
I discovered four-part harmony and Maine-ly Harmony thirty-one years ago through an adult education advertisement, and have never looked back. Membership in the chorus has meant opportunities to sing and
Maine-ly Harmony has been performing in the Augusta area for years. Singing in
senior citizen facilities,
Christmas tree lighting ceremonies,
civic organization events
perform locally and as far away as Ontario and Florida. Harmony, Incorporated, which is Maine-ly Harmony’s umbrella organization, has provided many education opportunities along the way, allowing me to become a chorus director and a barbershop contest judge.
But the most rewarding aspect of being part of Maine-ly Harmony has been the friendship with women from all walks of life who share the common goal of sharing our love of music. And it all started by walking in the door to a rehearsal and saying “yes” to an invitation to sing.
Maine-ly Harmony has a mission of community outreach which includes singing in retirement homes, church celebrations, town parades, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and memorial services.
When I found Maine-ly Harmony in 2012 it was a game changer! Barbershop style of singing has been the most challenging and satisfying singing experience I have had. I love how we perform/tell the story of each song using facial expression and choreography. We work hard at it but IT’S SO MUCH FUN!
This group of women are all supportive of one another. Some of our ladies have decades of barbershop experience, others less than a year, but our tools for learning have even newbies singing with the group at their first rehearsal.
I am happy to carry on the family tradition of singing started by my great grandmother. My musical roots are in classical choral work, operetta and musical theatre. Singing with Maine-ly Harmony is a welcome reprieve from an intense job in social services. My best audience to date are my children, who are young enough to still believe I am vocally flawless.
As an Area 2 chapter member of Harmony Inc., Maine-ly Harmony competes every spring during a barbershop weekend convention. The competition is a wonderful opportunity to attend classes, hear music performed by award winning choruses and quartets and connect with a diverse group of women who share a love of barbershop music.
I owe so much to Maine-ly Harmony. It has given me many friends, a musical education, an opportunity to provide comfort and happiness to others through performances in churches, service organization, retirement and nursing facilities, fund raisers, shows and more. Travel opportunities have included trips to other states and countries, including Canada and Europe.
I am grateful and proud to be a charter member of this organization.
If you love to sing, you are going to love this experience!
I began my a capella experience in 1999 in NJ and through my Navy travels I searched out barbershop choruses at each duty station. I have since retired from the Navy and moved back home to Maine and found Maine-ly Harmony through Harmony Inc. I feel right at home with my singing sisters, and am thrilled to have found caring, thoughtful, and harmonious friends in Mainely Harmony.