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The Harmony Katz, Syracuse's own barbershop chorus, is comprised of nearly fifty men from all walks of life who love to sing and through their singing give back to their community. If you visit us at a practice, you will find that we are men of good character who enjoy life, have fun, and when you get to know us better you might think we really are characters! The Harmony Katz believe that singing enriches our lives, that of our families and the community we reside in. Harmony Katz is a fraternal organization, a brotherhood of barbershoppers joined together in four-part harmony.
We have pledged to use our gift of 4-part harmony our voices and "Sing To Feed Them All"; our theme song and service project in support of the Food Bank of Central New York. We're dedicated to ensuring that no one goes hungry. In the last three years the Harmony Katz have raised over $12,000 for the food bank, but more importantly we have helped raise awareness of the hunger that afflicts our neighbors here in Onondaga County.
In addition the Harmony Katz support many groups with our unique gift of barbershop harmony: Onondaga County Firefighters Association (through an annual show occurring on the Saturday of fire prevention week), Young Life Capernaum, Various Assisted Living Homes, Food Pantries and Church Groups.
In December 2013 the Harmony Katz produced our first CD, a Christmas album entitled "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" with proceeds going to the food Bank of Central New York. The album, a compilation of favorite Christmas carols, brings to the listener the joy of Christmas in four-part harmony in the barbershop style.
Harmony Katz was founded in 1996 by Norman Manor and Pete Carentz and was originally called Music Masters. Music Masters was initially created to be a haven for men who wanted to sing in a high quality performance group. that performed in competitions. Over time a deeper purpose rose to the forefront and in 2010. The chorus name was changed to Harmony Katz, and our mission of providing service to the community began to take hold and grow. Our most important focus is helping to support the Food Bank of Central New York and other charitable organizations by holding concerts for their financial benefit! We've shown we can make a difference by raising the "siren's call" through singing.
The closing song for our food bank concerts and every practice is a barbershop number titled - "We Sing to Feed Them All". This characterizes our purpose. The lyrics are:
Harmony Katz welcomes men of all ages and good character who like to sing. Join us any Monday night at St. Daniels Church, 3004 Court St, Syracuse, NY 13208 (Lincourt area near the corner of Court St. and Teall Ave). For more information or directions please call 315-396-0399. Practices are at 6:00pm - 8:30 Mondays (We rehearse in the gym in the back of the church). You need not be a great singer, just a man who likes to sing. Simply show up at practice or contact our membership chairman Steve Harrington at Map to St. Daniels Church practice site.
'Tis the Season', and we will have the opportunity to hear Christmas Carols almost everywhere we go, but 'Upon The Midnight Clear' was recorded for more than just listener pleasure. It was specifically produced as a benefit for the Food Bank of CNY, and at least 50% of our net sales will be donated directly to them. This production includes many old favorites sung in the barbership style, and at least one little known carol from the 1800's "The Birthday of a King" formatted especially for the Harmony Katz by Joe Brown, an arranger well known for his work on barbershop music.
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