Barbershop chorus moves day, location

Feb 19, 2013
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Members of the Windjammers Barbershop Chorus are out and about on Valentine’s Day.

Rockport — The men’s Windjammer Barbershop Chorus has moved its rehearsal night and location to Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Nativity Lutheran Church on Old County Road. The chorus has been in existence for many years, having been originally chartered in Rockland by the Barbershop Harmony Society, and will celebrate its 20th annual show Sept. 14 at the Rockport Opera House.

The Windjammers welcome all gentlemen, young or young at heart, who love to sing and would like to try this wonderfully distinctive a cappella music on a new night and a new location to come to any rehearsal soon. The group meets every other Thursday during the winter months, so rehearsals will be Feb. 21, March 7 and March 21; and then every Thursday starting April 4.

Barbershop music is unique with much of its music dependent on ringing chords, especially seventh chords, with as many overtones as possible if all parts are properly lined up. Just as important is the camaraderie that exists between barbershop men. The singers have a lot of fun at rehearsals while also working to sing as well as possible to entertain their audiences.

The Windjammers are just in the process of figuring out what music they would like to perform for this year’s singouts and annual show and will be hitting the ground running very soon. Now is the time to come try on barbershop music for size and see if it fits. Kathy Chamberlain-Robitaille of Alna directs the chorus, and assistant director is Granville Ames of Washington. The chorus members come from Camden to Damariscotta/Nobleboro. If anyone interested needs a ride to rehearsal, he should call Chamberlain-Robitaille at 542-7699 to talk with her about the chorus and a possible ride connection.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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