Who We Are

The Barbershop Harmony Society logo.

The Blue Ridge Barbershop Chorus is Fauquier County’s chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, formerly known as SPEBSQSA (The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America).

You Can Join Us!

At the core, we’re just a bunch of guys of all ages and backgrounds who love to harmonize.  We invite you to join us in this epic quest for chords that are so well-tuned they ring!

 

Sit in on a rehearsal and try it out.  We meet most Monday nights at the Warrenton Church of Christ fellowship hall at 6398 Lee Highway Access Rd, in Warrenton (opposite Denny’s).  (The entrance door is in the picture at the top of this page.  When you enter, go down the hall to your left.)  We’d love to meet you, so don’t hesitate to come by!

Rehearsals are sometimes canceled for various reasons, so it’s a good idea to call the same day (Glenn, or Director,  is at (540) 788-4257) and check that we’re meeting.  Once a month, for example, we like to have dinner and harmony at Longhorn Steakhouse in place of rehearsal.

Part of the chorus singingin around a table at Longhorn Steakhouse.
Part of the chorus singing around a table at Longhorn Steakhouse.

You Can Hire Us!

We have quartets that can deliver a Singing Valentine to your sweetheart or a singing telegram o your parents for their anniversary.  They’ve sung at weddings, funerals, birthday parties…we’ll make any special occasion even more special.

 

So if you’re looking for a wedding singer or a simple way to add a touch of music to any event, you’ve come to the right place!

Just go the the Contact Us page, send us a message, and we’ll do our best to hook you up.

A coin featuring photos of the Mint Condition quartet and the words
A quartet singing with the Silver Tones Swing Band.

Officers

Portrait of Glenn.

Glenn Williamson

Director

Glenn’s 58-plus years of barbershop singing includes four Northern Virginia choruses and 14 quartets; he also directs the Bull Run Troubadours.  As a retiree from the United States Mint, he is the Father of the Mint Condition quartet, where he has sung baritone since it was formed in 2016.

Portrait of Worth.

W. Worth Kirkman

Chapter President

Worth has been singing barbershop for the past 18 years and was the bass in the Great Escape quartet for several years.  After he retired, he rejoined the Blue Ridge Barbershoppers, sings with the Silver Tones swing band, and co-founded the Mint Condition quartet, singing bass.

Portrait of Griff.

Ralph “Griff” Griffith

Secretary/Treasurer

Griff met barbershop in high school (1960), joining the Manassas-aires.  He joined the Bull Run Troubadours and the Blue Ridge Barbershoppers in 2000, later serving as Secretary of the former and President of the latter.  Griff sings lead with the Mint Condition and Now and Again quartets.

History

The Fauquier County Chapter

 

We call ourselves the Blue Ridge Barbershoppers, but our formal name is “The Fauquier County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.”  The Society was formed in 1938 under its previous name, The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). 

The Barbershop Harmony Society is an international, non-profit, educational organization.  It works to preserve and encourage the barbershop style of vocal harmony by supporting unaccompanied quartets and choruses.

Our chorus was officially formed early in the 1990s.  We’re proud to say that our chorus, along with its embedded quartets, has been entertaining the people of our county and the surrounding area with this American art form for more than 30 years.

 

 

We have performed for The Farm Bureau, AARP, Lions Clubs, Ruritan Club, Virginia Gold Cup, 4th of July at Great Meadows, The Home and Garden Show, Culpeper Days, Marshall Heritage Days, Bluemont, Christmas in Old Town, First Night Warrenton (New Year’s Eve), Fauquier Hospital, and at various nursing homes, churches, and local businesses.

Although the members of our Chapter come from all walks of life, the music we sing ties us together.  It creates for us a special fellowship as we use our voices to create ringing chords in our special style of four-part a capella harmony.

We hope that enjoyment shows as we have the special pleasure of sharing that uniquely American sound wherever we go, whenever we can.  Singing in harmony is fun to do as well as to hear!