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Posted November 26, 2013

Arts & Culture

Chorus Welcomes New Director

Waterloo - Grand Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is thrilled to welcome Chris Arnold as its new Chorus Director. Well-renowned within the barbershop music community, Chris is a well-appreciated addition to the Waterloo, Ontario based chorus.

Chris Arnold has quite literally been around barbershop music his entire life! Chris joined the Twin City Harmonizers Kitchener, Ontario chorus at the age of 16 and during his time with the chorus he rose to the ranks of Assistant Director and eventually Director.

Chris' love of vocal music lead him to Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. This was followed by a Bachelor of Education degree from the Althouse Faculty of Education in London Ontario. During his studies, he continued with his barbershop activities, including directing and quartetting. He also branched out into vocal jazz, becoming a founding member of Minor Infraction, an a cappella jazz combo that earned a place at the National Music Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Chris parlayed his vocal and sight-singing skills into a successful business making learning tracks for barbershop groups. During the eight years that he ran Quick Start Vocal Productions as his primary venture, he recorded over 700 songs for men's and women's barbershop groups.

Chris has been a successful quartet singer, singing baritone with District Championship quartets Discovery (1995), Contagious (1997), and intrigue (2001). He then switched to bass and won the championship with The Fixx (2004). Between 1995 and 2013 he has sung on the International stage eight times, including with a comedy quartet from New York City called Bigtime.
In 1997, Chris became a founding member of the Toronto Northern Lights. As the Associate Director, he helped lead the famous small chorus to a 5th place International Bronze medal, followed by 5 consecutive silver medals. In 2005 when June Dale retired as Director of MegaCity Chorus, Chris was approached for directorship. Under his leadership, the chorus competed three times at the International Convention, and in 2008 they were invited to be the featured performers at the 9th Russian Barbershop Festival. This landmark trip included performances in the greatest concert halls in St. Petersburg, where his arrangement of Moscow Nights and a 17-part arrangement of Circle of Life received standing ovations. In 2010 Chris left MegaCity Chorus to pursue a diploma in Video Game Design and Development. About a year after that program was completed, he returned to the Northern Lights for a reunion show, and has been with them ever since. In 2013, he was able to be a part of the chorus that he helped to found as they earned their first International Gold Medal in Toronto!
Throughout the years, Chris has served the Barbershop Society in many ways. In addition to directing, he has taught at numerous schools throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He was a Certified Music Judge for 9 years. He was one of the first Certified Trainers for the Chorus Directors Workshop Intensive program. He also served on the Ontario District Executive Board as the Music and Performance VP. In 2001 his coaching efforts were recognized with the Larry Dale Coach of the Year Award. He is also the current Director of the APOC chorus, comprised of members of the Association of Past Ontario Champions.
Chris is thrilled to be the Director of Grand Harmony Chorus. He also recognizes that none of his accomplishments would be possible without the love and support of his family.
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Chartered in March 1995, Grand Harmony Chorus is a group of dynamic female barbershop performers who sing and dance with energy, emotion and excitement. As a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, Grand Harmony Chorus endeavors to promote harmony, friendship, self-esteem and a sense of belonging among women of all ages, races, ethnic background and level of performance readiness. The chorus can deliver a professional caliber performance whether a six-minute competition package, a 30-minute performance or a two-hour show. We would enjoy the opportunity to share the love of music at meetings, parties, events, occasions or venues. Our repertoire includes traditional barbershop, patriotic songs as well as contemporary tunes sure to please a diverse audience. The chorus meets weekly on Tuesdays, 7 – 10 PM. If you love to sing, like to make new friends, have travel opportunities, then join us at our rehearsal location at Parkwood Mennonite Home (726 New Hampshire, Waterloo ON).

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