New Tradition Chorus works toward consistently improving its sound while enjoying the comradery of a group that is focused on excellence. Our membership includes men of all ages and represents a wide range of backgrounds and careers.
The Music we Sing
New Tradition Chorus has an extensive repertoire including Broadway numbers, popular music from the 40s to the 80s, patriotic melodies, and festive holiday favorites. While arrangements are primarily four-part a cappella, usually done in the barbershop style, the chorus has also performed with orchestras and with other instrumental accompaniment.
The New Tradition Chorus represents the Northbrook chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). It was founded in 1982 as a performing chorus and continues to put on two major productions a year, a Holiday Show in December and a Spring Show, usually in May. In addition, the chorus has performed publicly for community festivals and concerts, appeared at senior facilities, and sung privately for company events.
In addition to volunteering in the community, the chorus offers free music lessons through a 6 week singing program for adults and sponsors a Youth in Harmony festival for local high schools.
New Tradition Chorus competes annually in the Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Chorus Contest. It consistently wins the District competition and, as a result competes in the chorus contest at the International Convention of BHS each July.
The Chorus has a proud history of competition and collectively, has won 19 medals at International Chorus Contests. Among the 19 medals was a streak of 8.
Becoming a Member
New Tradition has both experienced singers and novice singers. If you are interested in joining the chorus, we ask that you visit us three times. As part of the membership process you will be asked to learn one of the chorus songs. To find out more about becoming a member come to a meeting or email membershipBook
The New Tradition Performs Les Mis (July 2000)
About Our Director – Mitch Greenberg
Mitch Greenberg took the helm at the New Tradition Chorus in August, 2021 with over ten years of barbershop directing experience. In addition to directing the Palm Beach, Florida Coastmen Chorus for over 2 years, he also directed the Women of Note Chorus of West Palm Beach, Florida for 9 years, growing them in numbers and taking them to the Sweet Adeline International contest stage.
While in Florida, Mitch also sang in the quartet Hotshots. They won the Sunshine District quartet contest in 2006 and competed on the International stage 3 times, including a top 20 finish. Mitch also sang in a mixed quartet, Three Queens and a Joker. They became the inaugural Sweet Adelines International Mixed Quartet Champion in 2017.
Mitch also brings leadership experience in all aspects of barbershopping. He has served as the Sunshine District’s VP of Marketing, and also as a clinician for several Young Men and Young Women in Harmony programs.
Mitch was raised in Chappaqua, New York. He first came to the Midwest to attend Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, graduating with a degree in Telecommunications. He presently lives in Riverwoods, Illinois with his wife Stacy and two children. He works in the home renovation field and is employed as a designer and project manager.
New Tradition is excited to have Mitch take the New Tradition Chorus forward on our musical journey.