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!

Singing in the Darkness #blackoutTuesday

Family, friends, followers, and new visitors. The turmoil which beset the world, the nation, our communities and households since March has buried us in what feels like a tsunami of confusion, fear and grief. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, followed by the brutal murder of George Floyd unleashed centuries of festered pain, grief and rage which has…

#HALOeffect- Introducing Pinnacle!

Soooo… we said we’ve got exciting new things ahead! One very cool leap of faith toward growth we’ve made is a move toward expansion to include a new quartet in HALO, Incorporated’s work, straight outta Sweet Adelines. Introducing Pinnacle! So last summer, we made connection with Christine Czuhajewski, who reached out to learn more about the research work I’ve been…

HALO Effect- Recapping Race and #RealTalk

Hello, everyone!! Wow, it’s been more than a minute. Our fall and holiday season was intense as we embarked upon our research study, Race and #RealTalk: A Community Music Therapy Model for Addressing Racism in the United States, which culminated into another public Race and #RealTalk performance on December 15. Our series was focused on “Immigration: Engaging Across Political Perspectives.”…

HALO & History: More Connections with Heart of the Civil War

Barbershop is known for connecting people through the community it creates. I’m pretty stoked to learn more and more its power to connect exiting communities and organizations! From reading our last blog post, Kyle Dalton reached out to offer me a tour of the Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. This is the place I’d mentioned passing many times…

HALO and Heart of the Civil War- Keepin it #RealTalk

Hello there, friends, fam and followers! Long time no nothin’, huh? We came off a VERY busy spring season. Just to quickly recap, we were with North Carolina Central University for the Barbershop Revival hosted by the Caronlinas District of the Barbershop Harmony Society in March. In April we presented a Race and #RealTalk workshop for the community of Frederick,…

Revived by Barbershop

One of the hallmarks of a truly transcendental experience, I’d wager, is the inability to ascribe words that adequately describe it. To that end, I’ll give myself some grace for really being at a loss for expressing what an unforgettable and uplifting weekend the Barbershop Revival with the Carolinas District of the Barbershop Harmony Society was for HALO and the…

Magic, MLK, and Midwinter!

Hi, friends!! Well we know we’re late by a lot since we’ve had so much happen over the last two months… but now that our marathon is at a resting point, we just want to share the amazing experiences we’ve had. HALO for the Holidays! We enjoyed giving a terrific show of barbershop, holiday songs, and the presentation we worked on with…

Singing to Ourselves…

Hi there, followers! It’s been a few weeks since we’ve shared updates for folks to follow our discussion and process in this season of Race and #RealTalk. But we have been processing… The Fun Work- Barbershop! We’ve been incorporating a variety of ideas and discovering some new ones that enrich our concept of the dialogue we feel is necessary in…

Race and #RealTalk- Reboot!

Hey, y’all! So due to an early surprise, we were on a little “time-out” with our Race and #RealTalk sessions… we were expecting the tenor-baby to be born in November, about a week from today. But she apparently did not think HALO traveling to ICC inches away from her birth was a wise decision, so she made a 5 week…

Race and #RealTalk Fall 2018 Kicks Off!

We are excited and hopeful! Our first session of this season’s program was all in all a success. Even with what can feel like drudgery in the way of orientations, the group shared experiences and perspectives in an open and trusting discussion, which left members feeling simultaneously supported, safe, and challenged.   With Jasmine in Texas, we had the master…