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The Southern Gentlemen Chorus is always looking for men of all ages who like to sing in the Barbershop Tradition. If you have any questions you can contact us or attend one of our practices and see first hand what we are all about.



Need Entertainment?

The Southern Gentlemen Chorus can provide entertainment, either as a chorus, a very large quartet (8-12 men), or a quartet. Does your party, event, convention, or meeting deserve some unique entertainment? Are you working within a budget? Our chorus can accommodate you. Contact a chorus representative at the number or by email. DON KNIGHT AT 252-514-0614



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   TO CONTACT THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN BY MAIL THE ADDRESS IS SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN PO BOX14091 NEW BERN NC. 28562.

   Supercharge Your Chapter

On September 13, 2014, the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus will host a Supercharge Your Chapter Event at the Cornerstone Church at 2304 E US 70 in New Bern. This is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in choral singing to improve his/her singing ability and, of special importance to barbershoppers, there will be a separate session devoted to generating enthusiasm and boosting chapter membership. The Event lasts from 9am-3pm.

The day will be divided into two sessions. The first is devoted to an approach to singing called "Wavebox Singing," a conceptual approach developed by our facilitator Paul Ellinger and successfully implemented in many chapters. Many have raved that it will raise a chorus to a new level of singing regardless of the members' musical background or training. We'll be using traditional polecat songs so knowing the music and the words won't be a problem.

Then we'll have a tasty lunch.

The second session (Turbo Growth) is focused on growing the membership of the chapter. Paul helps members understand that "effort" equals "growth," and that the effort must come from everyone in the organization, not just the "membership guy" or a handful of people. Then, and most importantly, Paul goes on to explain how to recruit new members, and when are the best occasions to do it, using real life examples and offering specific techniques to deal with the most-often heard reasons why people don't join. He follows up with additional tips on recruiting techniques and how to make the most of a recruit's visit to your rehearsal. Finally, Paul will spend a few minutes discussing and distinguishing between a chapter's "purposes" and its "goals."

The registration fee will be $15 (lunch included), a bargain considering that specialized training of this caliber would typically cost $50 or more. Participants are welcome to come for one or both of the sessions.

   Youth in Harmony

Each year the Southern Gentlemen have reached out to the three high schools in our area to work with young men and women for the purpose of introducing them to the acapella style of singing. Through a grant provided by the Harold Bate Foundation in New Bern, we have the funds necessary to help us in this endeavor. The chorus is available to go to the classrooms on a continuing basis and work with the various quartets at each school. The culmination of the year is that six quartets are asked to sing on our annual show in April.

We are going into our third year of providing this opportunity to the local high schools. There is excellent participation by the high school Choral Directors. They provide us time in their classrooms to work with the students. The chorus also derived pleasure in helping to increase the knowledge of music to young people eager to learn.

   Thank You
The Southern Gentlemen would like to thank everybody that attended our show this year. The show was more than we expected while planning for it. Our Youth in Harmony is starting to pay dividends by introducing Barbershop to members of the three Hi Schools in New Bern. They gave excellent performances and our audience enjoyed each of them. We were fortunate to get Lunch Break as our guest quartet and they certainly put on a show. We have had so many comment about their performance. Our chorus worked very hard to bring you the best show we have had to date. Thank you again for your support and put the last Sat in April on your calendars for next year. Thank you the Southern Gentlemen

The Southern Gentlemen Chrous is a group of men whose purpose is to preserve, promote and participate in the singing of barbershop harmony.


Chorus Rehearsal
When: Every Tuesday evening 7:00 - 9:30pm
Where: Cornerstone Church 2304 E. US. 70 Hwy. (in James City)
  Coming from New Bern go past airport exits. Turn left at the Hess Gas station then an immediate right onto the access road. Go a short distance and drive is on your left.
  Coming from Taberna take US 70 toward New Bern and turn right at Hess Station then immediate right on access road.
  Rehearsals are every Tues from 7pm to 9:30 in the large building at the back of church lot. Hope to see you there.
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Active Chapter Quartets
 
"CHAPTER TWO" is an active quartet that draws its four members from the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus. The quartet has performed at The Flame, The Emerald, Carolina Pines, and local churches, as well as for private parties. It can provide entertainment for birthday parties, surprise parties, dinners and larger special events. If you need entertainment from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, call Al Brylowe (252-617-5919) or Brian Giersch (252-633-4554).
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