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The first step to join the Jamestown NY Chapter and its Harmony Express Chorus is fun, attend a meeting.  You will have the time of your life.   Membership brings with it many opportunities, joys, challenges and rewards.   Come give us a look and listen!    You will be WELCOME!


How To Become a Member

Attend a chapter meeting.   Usually after three meetings you will understand who we are and if you are interested in finding out about membership.  Ask to talk to any Vice President or the Chapter President to begin the membership process.  You will be given a voice audition to determine your vocal range and part placement in the chorus. During the audition, you will be asked to demonstrate the ability to produce an acceptable tone quality, pitch matching ability, and harmonization with other parts. You are NOT required to be proficient in reading music, however, it is helpful, and you should be able to carry a tune. These sessions usually are completed in a three meeting time frame using several chapter board members including the Music Director and the Music Team.


Once you have met the requirements for membership in the chapter, you will be given the following:with several

  • A Roster# will be assigned to you.
  • A Music Folder.
  • Voice Part training tapes/disc to learn current repertoire will be issued as needed.
  • Uniform(s) as currently used.
  • Staging and choreography materials to assist in becoming a "riser and performance qualified" member as needed.
  • A Welcome Kit from the Barbershop Harmony Society.

For additional information, contact Jerry Newburg, Membership VP at 716-307-5535 or George Jarrell, President at 716-789-5248. 



The Jamestown NY Chapter meets each Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church located at 509 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown. NY

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For information about meetings call 716-499-5248.  [For emergency only the church phone is: 716-487-1984]  The meetings begin promptly at 7:00 PM, and generally last 2 1/2 hours. The rehearsal consists of a structured warm up, a craft session, and learning of new music. This is followed by announcements and a short break. The meeting concludes with rehearsing of repertoire songs, contest music, and performance music.   Note: Prospective members are encouraged to bring their spouse with them to chapter meetings.



The current competition uniform consists of a white tuxedo with white shirt, vests and accessories. We also have black pants to accompany the tuxedo. You will be required to purchase the black pants.   A (one time) uniform maintenance fee may be assessed each new member to procure and maintain the formal chorus uniform during the term of membership.   The formal uniform must be returned upon resignation of membership.


The chorus has a current casual/traveling uniform which consists of black pants and Green Polo Shirt (with logo) and a Blue Long Sleeve Dress Shirt (with Logo).  Each new member will be issued the logo shirts from the chapter.   A fee may be collected upon resignation of membership, if logo shirts are not returned to chapter in good condition.  A Red & White Santa Hat was added and issued to active members in November & December 2011 and must be returned upon resignation of membership.

Our Chorus uniform policy changes and  each member's responsibility is subject to those changes as decided by the chapter

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