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Update on our Spring Show

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and directives from governmental authorities and our own Barbershop Harmony Society – and in the interest of public health and safety – The New Tradition is canceling its spring show.  Our shows are a critical source of the income we use to run our chorus. We have music to purchase, a rehearsal hall to rent, and a director to pay, even if we don’t sell tickets to a show. We would greatly appreciate your support during this pandemic crisis. If you were planning to come to our show — or if you just love and support our chorus and barbershop harmony — any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Call 800-746-9246 for information on how to support the New Tradition.

Who We Are

The New Tradition Chorus is an award-winning men’s barbershop chorus located in Northbrook, Illinois.  Chartered in 1982, this Illinois District chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society has a long-standing reputation for delighting audiences through exciting harmonies and memorable performances of songs spanning decades and genres.  

Our Mission Statement

Through a cappella performances of diverse musical styles, the New Tradition Chorus strives to delight audiences and enrich lives through song. The chorus is committed to helping men who love to sing become the finest performers they can be, both as individuals and as members of an ensemble dedicated to making and sharing great music.

If our mission of pursuing musical excellence with fellow brothers in harmony appeals to you, we’d love to hear from you, and we invite you  to come join us for a rehearsal! Our membership is open to men of all ages, and we’re always looking for new members. We rehearse every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El in  Northbrook, IL

Community Outreach

We sing at nursing homes, and hospitals as well and organize a youth program (youth in harmony) that we sponsor every year where we work with a high school to educate students in our style of music .  Last year we initiated a community 6 week “Free Singing Lesson” program to the which welcomed men as well as women.


  1. New Tradition’s new director, Dan Wessler just finished 2 arrangements for the Holiday show. Just heard them at rehearsal! Wow! His jazzy style really makes some old favorites come alive. Be there to hear them on Dec 14 2:30 or Dec 15 2:30

  2. My cousin, Henry Diettrich (Hank) sang with your choir. I recently visited his wife, Barbara, and we were talking about the choir and I found it on YouTube. Well, the other day I had Pandora on my SmartTV and I heard New Tradition singing Christmas Carols. I said to myself, I have to get a CD. I received one today, America. Love it. Wish I had seen Hank singing when he was alive.

    1. Hi Susan,

      Glad you’re enjoying our ‘America’ CD, and we hope it will carry on Hank’s memory in your family. Best wishes!

  3. I attended your concert this werkend and was blown away. Have been searching desperately for your recording of “I have Seen the Light”. Can you help me?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Teresa,

      Sorry for the delayed reply, and thanks for your kind thoughts! At this time, we don’t have a recording of “I Have Seen the Light”, but if you visit one of our November rehearsals we’ll sing it just for you!

      See you at our Spring Show!

  4. The last thing that Dan said at the end of rehearsal on Saturday was “If you put that on the contest stage, I’ll be happy.” The chorus did and he was…and so was everybody else! As the curtain opened, the chorus was greeted with rousing applause, hoots and hollers. Then, the electric performance ignited the crowd! It was a banner day for the “new” New Tradition winning the Most Improved award, the Most Entertaining award and earning the right to represent the Illinois district at International. Congratulations!

  5. 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

  6. 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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