Barbershop Harmony Society: www.barbershop.org/ Founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American close harmony musical art form whose roots lie in African-American improvisation and European harmony traditions. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee since 2007, our nonprofit organization provides active programs and resources in music education, publishing, performance, and community outreach.
Ontario District: ontariosings.com The Ontario District is one of the seventeen districts of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the world's largest all-male a cappella singing organization, and is the only all-Canadian district. It is committed to serving and supporting its 28 barbershop chapters, over 50 quartets, and over 900 members throughout Ontario, and it is committed to promoting the Society's mission of bringing men together in fellowship and harmony to enrich lives through singing. Member choruses and quartets are encouraged to perform throughout their communities in support of worthwhile civic, cultural, educational, and charitable endeavors.
The district was founded October 19, 1946, at The Grigg Hotel, London; and incorporated in Ontario May 28th, 1952 as the Ontario District Association of Chapters of SPEBSQSA in Toronto, ON.
Harmonize for Speech: harmonize4speech.org The Harmonize For Speech fund was established in 1977 as the fund-raising project of the Ontario District Association of Chapters, SPEBSQSA, commonly known as the Barbershop Harmony Society. The fund is administered by a seven-man Board of Trustees elected by the Ontario District House of Delegates. Over five and one quarter million dollars have been raised to-date using all volunteers thereby keeping administration costs around 3% per year. There are no salaries paid.
Sing Canada Harmony: singcanadaharmony.ca/ The Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund is a registered charity established in 2008 to unite Canadian a cappella singers through service to youth and children in schools and communities. The fund provides financial assistance for educational and training opportunities in singing vocal music performance, vocal music leadership, vocal music administration and vocal music composition, arrangement, adjudication and staging. Sing Canada Harmony will financially support learning opportunities for Canadians throughout the communities and schools, and particularly among young people, to gain expertise and experience in the field of a cappella vocal music harmony singing in quartets and choruses