Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Barbershop Style

Four-Time International Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) Ambassadors of Harmony performed their annual Christmas shows last weekend in St. Louis. The St. Charles based men’s acapella group continually draws sold-out crowds to their Christmas performances each year. According to their website, “The choir is comprised of about 135 singers known for powerful and musically masterful performances. The Ambassadors of Harmony’s diverse repertoire encompasses Broadway classics, barbershop, jazz, pop, and a wide selection of holiday favorites.

The non-profit, all-volunteer chorus was founded in 1963 and is co-directed by Jim Henry, head of choral studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Jonny Moroni, baritone of the 2006 BHS International Champion quartet, Vocal Spectrum. Master arranger David Wright serves as associate director and provides the chorus’ musical vision.”

Their rehearsals are just as magical as their stage performances, as you can see and hear for yourself in this video recording of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, posted on their Facebook page.