HALO- Barbershop's First International African American Quartet Competitors

Rooted in the African American heritage of barbershop, we're enthusiastic about connecting more people to the music and to the community. HALO loves harmony-- hip hop AND barbershop!

HALO Summer Happenings!

Hi, folks! Whew, so much has happened in a fairly short amount of time. For starters, HALO qualified to compete at Harmony, Inc. Internationals in November!   Also, we’d announced the great news that we would be going to Harmony University this July for the first time as recipients of the Red Caps Scholarship. We mulled over the course list…

Guess Who’s Going to HARMONY UNIVERSITY!!!

About two months ago, Harmony University announced and celebrated a $50,000 endowment from the Barbershop Harmony Society to create the Grand Central Red Caps Scholarship for singers, educators, and directors of color. Beginning this year in 2018, an annual full scholarship award will be extended to 4 applicants of color with backgrounds in music education and directing. HALO is very…

What’s Good?

Hey, folks! HALO has been up to some things and it’s been a while since we’ve shared stories, so if you wanna hear ’em, here they go-   GIGS! Back in February, HALO sang on the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweeps contest at The Birchmere! It was a fun day and a fun crowd. A little birdie maaay have told us that…

Session 5- We Shall Overcome

A few days prior to our last session, having earlier provided learning tracks to aid everyone’s practice, I called upon the participants who would be willing to arrive a little early to share some reflections and thoughts with me that we could record for a promotional video. (Yes, a cute 5 minute promo through the graces of smartphone technology and…

Race and #RealTalk Session 4

Voices in Vulnerability           About a year and a half ago, I was commissioned by my now brother in law to orchestrate a romantic proposal for my sister. With our shared vision for a shared presence in our musical heritage through HALO as an organization, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to bring together the…

Race and #RealTalk Session 3

Cognitive Dissonance to Social Harmony?    It took about a full 5 days to reflect on our third session, which took a couple of twists and turns into some uncharted territory. With Niambi away in Halifax for Harmony, Inc’s International Contest and Convention (where she shared with Bella Nova Chorus in taking 4th place!), HALO called upon some ringers to…

Race and #RealTalk- Session 2

There’s a famous line from the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” I don’t have  a succinct parallel for this quote, but I think it’s safe to say that if you build it and they come at 9 o’clock in the morning, you’ve got something good. We greeted a slightly larger group yesterday morning, joined this time…