The Houston Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, devoted to performing a cappella, four-part Barbershop harmony, will constantly strive to achieve the highest possible level of musical and entertainment excellence with all our quartets and the Tidelanders chorus. We will actively contribute our efforts toward enhancing the overall lifestyle and cultural quality of our communities by providing wholesome entertainment, bonding diverse people through the joy of singing and supporting vocal music education with our youth outreach programs.
The Houston Tidelanders Chorus is the performing chorus of the 30,000-man Barbershop Harmony Society’s Houston Chapter. We are an a cappella, i.e. unaccompanied, men’s singing organization comprised of quartets and our large performing chorus. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, chartered in 1946. There are more than 825 BHS chapters in the United States alone and our peers consistently rank us among the Top 20 performing choruses at the Society’s International Chorus Competition.
While attempting to preserve the Barbershop harmony style, which, like jazz, is a musical form unique to the United States, we recognize the importance of broadening our audience appeal so that we are more than a niche performing arts group. We don’t merely sing those old “chestnuts” from the early 1900’s, beautiful though they may have been. Instead, we perform recognizable pop tunes, Broadway show music, country and western or Gospel songs, which are far more contemporary but which we sing in the Barbershop style, none-the-less.
Our membership is broad-based, ranging in age from 18 to 80, representing the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Greater Houston community, and including every occupation imaginable. With the exception of our Musical Directors who receive modest stipends for their musical talents, all of our members are volunteers. We rehearse 46 weeks per year and the average member of our performing chorus attends nearly 80% of the rehearsals plus most of the performances. Few volunteer organizations are able to claim that level of member dedication.