The Poughkeepsie, NY Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, chartered on August 7, 1961, was started by a group of seven men who were enthusiastic about bringing quartet and musical excitement -- barbershop harmony style -- to the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. From that beginning, the Newyorkers' emphasis has been on quarteting, producing exciting shows and improving singing quality through competition. Our young chapter grew quickly under the musical leadership of Bill James and was called colorful, exciting, unpredictable, and competitive.
Very soon, the Newyorkers were staging some of the hottest shows in the area and competing vigorously at the District level. We won our first Northeastern District Chorus Championship in 1964 when we were only three years old and quickly followed with wins in '65, '68 and '69. Our 6th Place finish in St. Louis in 1969 remains the highest ranking ever achieved by a chorus in our District.
We enjoy the prestige of a few innovations within the Society:
- First to appear in a multi-color, 4-of-a-kind, quartet-style costume as a chorus.
- First to start singing "out of the blocks" in competition with no tune-up.
- First to institute the 4-track learning tape program for new music and provided the design to International.
- First chorus in the country to compete with a female director.
Who We Are – What We Do
We are the Poughkeepsie Chapter of
the international Barbershop Harmony Society. Our “Newyorkers Chorus” is part
of the Society’s Northeastern District, covering eastern Canada, all of New
England, and eastern New York State. Each of our society’s choruses across the
United States and Canada share the same goals: To provide continued music
excellence to their communities, especially those in local assisted living and
nursing facilities, veterans homes, habitat for humanity, at veteran
celebrations and also to students from elementary through college.
The Poughkeepsie, NY Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society...featuring the Newyorkers chorus, meets every Wednesday at 7:30 pm in
Crown Heights Clubhouse Inc, 34 Nassau Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
. We "chord-ially"
invite singing men to come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. Can't
sight-read music? No sweat! Our strong and talented Music Team will provide all
the craft and technical guidance you need. Learning tapes and ongoing vocal
production instruction are key to our enjoyment of this great hobby.
Our Board of Directors
President -- Vacant --
Secretary Stephen Miller
Treasurer Ernie Strauss
VP Chapter Development William Standish
VP Marketing & PR Rick Greenop
VP Music & Performance Mike Monkowski
Members At Large Eric Dickstein &
Immediate Past President William Standish
Chapter Delegate Steve Miller
Chorus Director John Hadigan, Ex-officio
Chorus Manager -- Vacant --
Chapter Delegate Stephen Miller