Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.

Mission Statement


Bring people together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing.


“Everyone In Harmony.”


A substantial body of scholarly research points to seven key points of value when people sing together:

1. When people sing together, their lives are improved at many levels – physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual.
2. When people sing together, their communities are healthier.
3. When young people receive music education and sing together, it helps them learn, develop, and become healthier adults.
4. When people sing together across generations, it enhances the lives of all the generations.
5. When people sing together across cultures or groups, it unifies them and reduces barriers between groups.
6. When men sing together, it helps them become better men, and when young men sing together, it helps them develop a healthy identity.
7. When people facing significant challenges sing together, it helps them with those challenges, and is likely to help society address those issues as well.

If singing together is good, more singing together would be even better. But there are several barriers to singing together, barriers that barbershop is uniquely suited to overcome. Thus, getting people to sing together is the focus of all of our work.

The big idea behind Everyone In Harmony is that the mysterious alchemy and joy of singing together is too wonderful for us to keep to ourselves. It is a gift that we are not only compelled to share, but one that we have the capability, resources and unity of purpose to share with young and old, with people of every color and every strata, with city people and country people and everyone in between, because the world needs what we have.

Harmony compels us to blend, to cooperate, to create beauty. Indeed, to love each other. We think of the gift of harmony as not just for our own enjoyment, but as a tool for direct social impact.

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Posted on

October 1, 2021