A Virtual Chorus
Update on our Holiday 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 creating a virtual Holiday 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
Statement of Unity and Support by the Northbrook Chapter of SPEBSQSA
Our values as an organization are rooted in the unified Society Vision for Everyone in Harmony – and as such, we stand firmly in solidarity with all individuals who continue to struggle against systemic racism and discrimination in their fight for their own liberties.
Given the recent events in our national conversation, we are all being reminded of our racial history in the treatment of others that we somehow think are different. We acknowledge that our own hobby’s musical heritage originates with African-American roots and therefore we absolutely cannot ignore the continued racism feeding the civil unrest happening to our country today. The history of the Barbershop Harmony Society itself has a discriminatory past that we are not proud of, but it is a hard lesson that we have learned. It is foundational behind our current vision of Everyone In Harmony, a guiding principle that is desperately needed now more now than ever. We are all one people, and we all deserve to be treated well – and never, never suffer discrimination.
Moving forward, we recognize our opportunity and responsibility to listen louder, to exercise empathy, and to give ourselves permission to grow. Some of our most cherished performances capture various aspects of the human experience we’ve all shared at points in time: fighting for independence in our Les Miserables contest package, longing for a brighter tomorrow in Over the Rainbow, and keeping hope in our Tribute to World Peace.
Discrimination in any form is, quite simply, in conflict with the ethics that we value in our organization. We are all better when we work together and share in our burdens. In that context, in this current time – in this moment of our history – a large burden is being unfairly carried by a racial minority. They need to know that they should not have to carry that load by themselves – that they matter. Therefore, let this be known:
We stand in solidarity with all organizations and communities who strive to answer the call for equity and justice, especially during the recent violence experienced in diverse communities.
We also recognize this sentiment is long overdue. Truthfully, we needed time to educate ourselves and have these difficult, but important, conversations. Of course, the dialogue should not end here. As members we will continue to ask, listen, and improve as we strive to make the New Tradition risers a more inclusive and welcoming space together.
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.