Thursday April 03, 2014
The Green Mountain Chorus took first place Saturday March 22 at the Regional Contest of the Northeast District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. South Burlington residents Al Carpenter and Dick LaBreque are just two of the members of the chorus which includes singers from all over Northern and Central Vermont and Quebec.
Choruses from Quebec, Vermont and Northern NY, gathered in Nashua, NH for the weekend of competition, which is held every spring to determine who goes on to the district contest and eventually to the international contest, held this year in Las Vegas, NV.
“It was a great win for the Green Mountain Chorus, and a great way to send off Director Greg Morrill in his last contest after 25 years,” said GMC President Neil Schell. “There were mixed emotions for sure. We were excited and proud because we sang well and won the contest. Yet we were also a bit reflective knowing this was Greg’s last contest as our Director after so many wonderful years.”
The Green Mountain Chorus took the championship title in what is called the Mountain Division of the Northeast District. Morrill went on to say, “These competitions are not only great fun, but they help us polish our singing for upcoming public events like our annual Spring Show. I’m really proud of the way they performed today.
The Green Mountain Chorus is the Burlington, Vermont chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has been singing for 67 years. It is a 501c-3 non-profit organization and the chorus sings at public events, supports youth programs such as Youth in Harmony, and puts on shows and concerts throughout the year.