Welcome to the New Tradition

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About the New Tradition

The New Tradition, under the direction of Jay Giallombardo, 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.