The Senate Aires Premier Men’ Barbershop Chorus
The Senate Aires Chorus is an all-male barbershop chorus consisting of approximately 65 men. It was chartered in 1954 as the Salem Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. As such, it is part of the one of the largest non-profit groups in America with over 31,000 members. It is the only men’s chorus of this type in the Salem area.
The chorus is devoted to singing America’s unique barbershop style of music that originated in the late 1800’s when for entertainment, men congregated in barbershops or on street corners to sing in close harmony. It’s repertoire includes the classic songs of the early 1900’s as well as many modern compositions. From patriotic numbers to religious songs, to love songs, to up tunes to ballads, it’s repertoire is sure to include something to please any ear.
The chorus performs for many civic and charitable functions throughout the Salem area. It’s principle financial support is through annual dues, annual shows, Singing Valentines and paid performances for conventions, etc.
The chorus also prides itself in it’s achievements these past few years in winning the Evergreen District Chorus championship. In it’s history, the chorus has won 12 District championships and competed on the International stage each time. Achieving their highest placement of 5th in the world in 2012.
Chorus membership consists of men, not just from the Salem area, but from outside Salem such as Eugene, Portland, Bend and Lincoln City. It’s diversity is one of it’s strong points with the ages of its members ranging from about 10 years to the 80s, with vocations ranging from students to accountants, to mechanics, executives and retirees.