Welcome to the New Tradition Chorus

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About the New Tradition

The New Tradition, is one of the most award-winning and entertaining men’s a cappella choruses in the world…and they are right here in Northbrook! The ensemble has been thrilling audiences with a distinctive combination of superb musicianship and professional presentation since 1982. The group delights audiences with its exciting musical harmony, dazzling choreography and eye catching costumes.

The New Tradition is an all-volunteer group. We are always looking for men of any age or skill level who would like to join us. If our mission of musical excellence appeals to you, we’d love for you to come visit our rehearsal. Find out if the chorus is right for you!


The New Tradition has a proud history of competition. We have won 19 medals in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Chorus Contest including a streak of 8 Silver Medals (followed by a Gold Medal in ’01) that remains unrivaled.

Competition is a great way for us to focus on singing at our very best, and it’s a lot of fun for the men in the chorus as well as for the audience! The New Tradition has created many innovative contest packages, including our Irish Packages, Les Miserables, the Soldier Package, and many more. Contest time is always one of the most exciting parts of our year.

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  1. My husband and I just watched your performance on WGN this morning. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
    You are excellent! Brought tears to my eyes, Proud to be an American is one of my favorites. We live in the Chicago western suburbs. Do you have a schedule of your engagements?
    Thank you!
    Melody Ryan

    1. We produce two show per year. Our next show is for the holidays the first weekend of December. I will put you on our email list. you can also signup here

  2. Howdy,

    As I write this, I am listening to a vintage “Grandma’s boys” barbershop record. Headlined by none other than Jay Giallombardo. I bought a crate of records at auction and many were barber shop. I really like this record. I was born in 1975 the year this was recorded. Growing up, my dad sang barbershop and I can remember tagging along to many practices and concerts. I’m glad to see the chorus still remains. I get made fun of quite a bit for liking barbershop music but just like Bob Seger, I pull these old records off the shelf and sit and listen by myself. I’ve included some photos. I hope they come through. Best wishes,
    Matt- Ankeny, Iowa.

    Sent from my iPad

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