The SenateAires Chorus is an all-male barbershop chorus consisting of approximately 65 men. Chartered in 1954 as the Salem Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, it is part of the one of the largest non-profit groups in America. 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. In those times, for entertainment, men congregated in barbershops or on street corners to sing in close harmony. Its 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 toe-tappers to ballads, its repertoire is sure to include something to please any ear.
The chorus performs for many civic and charitable functions throughout the Greater Salem area. The SenateAires Chorus also supports the Marion-Polk Foodshare as part of its altruistic mission. A portion of all revenue from its regular parformances is given to the Foodshare to help them in their efforts to bring people together to end hunger and its root causes.
The chorus also prides itself in its achievements these past few years in winning the Evergreen District Chorus championship. In its 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 areas such as Eugene, Portland, Bend and Lincoln City. Its diversity is one of its strong points with the ages of its members ranging from high school age to well into their 80s.
The Chorus rehearses every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Family YMCA, located at 685 Court St . NE in Salem (at the corner of Court St and Cottage St). If you like to sing and want to be a part of an award-winning, friendly singing group, call 971-208-7135 or write to email@example.com.