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					SYDNEY HARMONY INC. – A Profile


Sydney Harmony is one of Australia’s leading men’s amateur singing groups in four-
part vocal harmony. The group comprises 70 competitive singers aged from 21 to 75
from all walks of life, who love close harmony singing, particularly of the barbershop
variety. Members come from all areas in and around Sydney, including the Gosford
area. Members find there are many ways to enjoy this great hobby that also provides a
challenge for singers of all levels of accomplishment.

Sydney Harmony was formed in May 1999 from the merger of the then two most
successful singing groups in the Sydney area, Broadway and Harbour City
Harmony. The first rehearsal of Sydney Harmony with a combined membership of
70 took place on 24th May 1999 at the Drummoyne RSL Club with internationally
renowned barbershop specialist Jim Catt as Musical Director and Steve Ferrick as
Coach.

Since that time Sydney Harmony has distinguished itself in a number of ways
including winning Silver medals at previous bi-annual Australian National
Barbershop Conventions in Melbourne (2001) and in Perth (2003). The next National
Convention will be held at the Gold Coast in October 2005 where Sydney Harmony
hopes to trade its Silver medals for Gold. Gold medallists are invited to represent The
Australian Association of Men Barbershop Singers (AAMBS) Inc. at an annual
International Barbershop Convention in North America, an event that attracts up to
20,000 delegates from around the world.

Sydney Harmony also competes each year in the McDonald’s Performing Arts
Challenge, having reached the final-four choruses in 2000 and receiving
Commendations in the 2002 and 2003 events. In 2004, Sydney Harmony also
competed in the McDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge and on the 1st August at the
Sydney Town Hall, the chorus took out First Prize in The John Lamble
Australasian Championship for Community Choirs having produced the best in
the variety of styles, balance and contrast.

In addition to challenging itself in the competitive areas, Sydney Harmony also
performs for fun and relaxation. Three fund-raising concerts have been held at the
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney in 2001, 2002 and 2003. At these respective
concerts Sydney Harmony performed with many illustrious singing groups including
The Waratah Girls Choir, The Australian Girls Choir, The Song Company and
The Idea of North.

Sydney Harmony has also performed at a number of other leading venues including
the Retirement Expo at Homebush Bay, the Sydney A Cappella Festival at
Darling Harbour, the Seymour Centre, and the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
where they performed together with The Endeavour Women’s Barbershop Chorus,
and Michigan Jake from the USA who at the time were the Men’s International
Barbershop Quartet Champions.

Sydney Harmony has had the privilege of performing at two previous Baptist
Community Services’ “Voices in Concert Charity Fundraiser” at the Willoughby
Town Hall in 2003 and 2004. Sydney Harmony performed together with the
Balmain Sinfonia at its Christmas concert at Newington College in December 2004,
and performed live on Channel Nine’s “Mornings With Kerri-Anne” TV show on
February 9th, 2005.

Within its own ranks, Sydney Harmony has a number of quartets including
FREEFALL who are the current AAMBS Australian National Champions, Ignition,
and Quadrasonix. FREEFALL has recently performed at The Basement and at
Kabarett Voltaire where they shared a billing with singer Lisa Schouw, who is also
Sydney Harmony’s Performance Coach/Choreographer. FREEFALL’s first CD was
released in June this year.

Quartetting adds another dimension of challenge, fun and relaxation to barbershop
singing. And, all of these groups compete at national conventions in addition to
performing in their own right at various functions in and around Sydney.

Sydney Harmony sings with one aim in mind – excellence. Rehearsals are held each
Monday evening from 7:30 – 10:30 pm at the Drummoyne RSL where visitors are
always welcome. Weekly rehearsals are supplemented by a few weekend workshops
throughout the year where outside coaches are often invited to help hone music and
presentation skills.

Sydney Harmony’s repertoire includes well-known standards such as My Funny
Valentine, New York, New York, If I Fell, Masquerade, Shenandoah, The Lord’s
Prayer and There’s No Business Like Show Business.

Sydney Harmony is currently looking to expand its membership and would love to
hear from men who sing well, who appreciate the “ring” of close four-part harmony,
and above all, would like to become part of a highly motivated group with exacting
musical standards.

Learn more about Sydney Harmony at its website: www.sydneyharmony.com.au



February 9th 2005

				
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