Island City Chorus is a group of men from the Greater
Montreal area who take pride in singing harmoniously and have fun singing four-part a cappella music in the
barbershop style. Our music covers a broad range of tastes, ranging from classic older tunes to Broadway,
contemporary and blues. We enjoy performing for organizations, companies, municipalities and at private
The ability to read music is not a requirement for men
joining the Island City Chorus. Whether you have a musical background or not, we assist you in learning the songs
using sheet music and CD recordings. You'll soon learn the technique of harmonizing and blending your voice with
Our fervent hope is that Island City Chorus activities will
encourage and promote singing in the Montreal area, because we believe very strongly in the importance and value of
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to help us promote vocal music in the Greater Montreal area especially for young
Our mission is to educate our membership to continually improve their
vocal quality and a cappella performance, for the benefit of audiences as well as ourselves.
Barbershop singing has been a proud part of Montreal’s musical scene for over 50
years; the Barbershop Harmony Society celebrated its 75th anniversary in the summer of 2013.
We have brought home trophies from competitions and have won first place honors at
the Regional Choral Competition (ARCIM), have sung the national anthem for the Montreal Expos, participated in the
Mondiale Chorale in Laval, QC. , and more recently performed in the second edition of the Montreal A Cappella
festival in May 2014.
Barbershop is a style of music that is arranged in four-part a capella (or
unaccompanied) for male or female voices. The four parts are tenor (high), lead (usually the melody), bass (the
foundation), and baritone (the fourth note to produce a desired chord.
It is performed by either a quartet of the four parts or a chorus where a larger
number of men sing each of the four parts. Structurally, both a quartet and a chorus sing the same
Our art form is one of four musical styles originating in North America. Almost
any song can be arranged for barbershop singing.
A World-wide singing
The Island City Chorus is part of a fraternity of more than 30,000 men from all
over the world who come together to share in this truly American art-form and find common ground through
self-expression in song and service to their communities.
Vision & Mission of the Barbershop Harmony Society
Perpetuates and celebrates harmony in the barbershop style
Promotes fellowship and friendship among men of good will
Provides the opportunity to experience the joy of four-part a cappella
Introduces and sustains music in the lives of people everywhere