One of my "hobbies" is singing. It gives me great joy, particularly when I can sing for others. Did you know that the human voice is the most perfect musical instrument made? That is, if you have a good ear, and good breathing apparatus! The best part is you can always take your instrument with you anywhere. I first started singing barbershop music with the Calgary Stampede City Chorus in 1954. In 1963 we went on to represent the Evergreen district at the international competition and placed ninth. While raising five children and working full time, I took a hiatus from barbershop singing, but in 2004 got back into it with the Greater Saint Paul North Star Chorus. I also joined in forming a quartet - TIMBRE! - as the tenor. Up until that time I always sang bass, and still do for some of the songs in the chorus.

In a Nutshell: What Makes Barbershop Sound Different From Other Singing Styles?

Here are links to TIMBRE! performances: Singing "Irish Blessing"(.wmv file) at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ. Singing at our Christmas show with Nice Touch (an octet with a ladies quartet) sing "Silent Night."

We are always looking for men who love to sing. Let me know if you are one of those by sending me an email (

Jon Nicholas took to his keyboard and created a great resource for his fellow singers. Highly readable tone and easy-to-understand explanations.

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Singing in a quartet at the University of Alberta, 1960-62

College Quartet

Delivering a Singing Valentine

Delivering a Singing Valentine

Singing in The Music Man

Music Man