The Chorus of the Chesapeake is actually the name of the performing chorus of the Dundalk Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.) , now named Barbershop Harmony Society. The chapter was incorporated in Maryland in 1957 as a non-profit educational, charitable and fraternal organization.
Originally founded to provide a musical outlet for men who desired only the finest music education and performance standards, members have always been dedicated to achieving absolute excellence in choral sound production and showmanship. Through this dedication and hard work, the Chorus of the Chesapeake has won many Mid-Atlantic District Divisional and District Chorus championships, two International chorus championships in 1961 and 1971 as well as several International level competitors in recent years. Some of the singers you see on the risers at rehearsals have been with us since 1957. Others have joined in the past few months. Virtually every singer who attends his first Dundalk rehearsal or show is somewhat “awed” by the combination of sound and choreography displayed by such a large group. However, every man you see on the risers had to start from “square one” and absorb the music and performance skills over a period of months. It obviously takes time, commitment and concentrated dedication. But when you constantly strive to remain the best in what you do, the rewards are worth every minute of it!
Like to sing? So why not check us out! We meet every Tuesday evening at 7:30p at the North Point Government Center on Wise Avenue at Merritt Boulevard.