2017 BHS Midwinter

I’ve never been to a mid-winter meeting of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), I’ve been to many of their annual contest/meeting sessions held in July of each year, but never a mid-winter.  While the July contests focus on quartet and chorus contests with a youth quartet contest added on, mid-winter focuses on a seniors (over 55) quartet contest with a Youth In Harmony event added on.

This years mid-winter was held in San Antonio.  Since my sister lives nearby and my parents winter with her it was a chance to get a visit in with family in the area, and hear some great music too.

Now San Antonio is known for the Alamo and the River Walk.  On the River Walk there are plenty of restaurants and some great food and drink.img_0751For me, the libation is beer, like this 32 oz. Shiner Bock, that took a bit of time to get down.

Since it was a barbershop harmony event we were not surprised to find singers everywhere,img_0752like these young men checking out the acoustics under the Alamo Street Bridge.

If you sat down at a restaurant it was quite likely that you could work up an impromptu quartet img_0038like we did with these guys.  Those two with the medals around their neck are from last years senior champs, High Priority.

My dad did not make it down to San Antonio until Saturday,img_0035but he still got in on the Seniors Quartet Contest and the Saturday Night Show.  Let me tell you the music was great.  We saw a whole bunch of great, over 55 quartets, and the Saturday Night Show was stupendous.

They had 700 young men and women at the youth festival to get scored and learn more about a cappella music.  The best young women’s group was called Treblemakers, they were from Chandler High School in Arizona.  Just a few days before the contest their director was called away on a family emergency and one of the young women in the chorus stepped forward to do a wonderful job.

Clinician for the youth was Francisco Nunez a well respected composer, conductor and music educator from New York.  By the reaction of the young people he was working with, they really loved and respected him.

The young men have been coming to this event for ten years, but this is the first year young women were invited.  This caused an explosion in attendance.  As the Saturday Night Show drew to a close all 700 of the young men and women filled the stage and the aisles to sing to us, WOW!

So if you get a chance join the folks at the BHS Mid-Winter, you will really have a great time.  Maybe I’ll see you there and we can ring a few with those around us.

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We must be doing something right

For a small chapter like ours to get a mention (*) in the Barbershop Harmony Societies Magazine, “The Harmonizer” you have to be doing something right, but to get a second mention a few years later, Wow, What are they up to?

I feel our chapter is doing several things right, we sing well and we are having fun, and that makes all the difference.  That our director, Kent Mickelson, is a big part of our success goes without saying.  Kent leads us and encourages us and he puts up with our craziness as long as we sing well.

Our greatest success may lie in our youth outreach.  With our scholarship and Youth in Harmony programs we are encouraging good, new, a cappella singers for the future.  That some of them may come back to continue singing with us in only icing on the cake.

The biggest challenge we have for our chapter is in recruitment.  Our chapter is in need of some more singers.  Last Sunday we had 23 members at our Windom church tour, a great turn out, but much less than we could have if we had more bodies at practice.  It’s hard for every group now days to get and keep members, but we have something no other group can offer, we are “the service club that sings.”  Let’s promote that connection.  Let’s keep doing something right.

(*Our latest mention in the Harmonizer is in Marty Monson’s column of the May/June 2016 edition.  Our first one was an article about singing at a Twins game.)

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September 27, 2015 performance

2015 Welsh

The posters are out for our September 27 performance in Mankato.  Come to the First Presbyterian Church, 220 East Hickory at 1:00 for some great congregational singing.  The Chordhustlers will be singing six songs during breaks in the singing.  Even non singers can come to enjoy the music.

2014 Food Shelf Benefit

The Windom Chordhuslters Chorus will be hosting their annual Food Shelf Benefit Christmas Concert at Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake on Sunday, November 30 at 4 p.m.  Admission is by a donation to the food shelf.  Come help the Chordhustlers start the holiday season.

They will continue their holiday activities the next night when the sing at the Sogge Good Samaritan home (5:45), Mickelsen Manor (6:10) and Remick Ridge (6:30) apartments on Monday, December 1.  If you have a loved one in any of the facilities come join us.

The Summer is ending

10295178_695926990461560_1350741281691520494_oThis was it, last Monday’s performance at BARC was the last singing engagement we have for the summer.  The shifting of gears has already happened for winter, we have a Christmas number in our folders.

It’s amazing how fast it happens.  County fairs have already started and just after the middle of August some area schools will start.  Summer will be over.  In the mean time we can look forward to our chapter picnic and singing at the Twins game on August 17.

Details are still coming in for the picnic.  This year we will be hosted by Ken and Jean Fast at their home at 1845 Red Leaf Court.  To get to their house, head northwest out of Windom on River Road (County 13) to 18th Ave.  Take 18th Ave. north and take a left on Red Leaf Court.  Their house will be on your left.  Red Leaf Court is U-shaped so if you miss the first one, take the second one and go around the loop.

Last I heard it was burgers on the grill and a dish to pass.  Bring your own dinner ware.  Food will be served at 7.  Any other details or changes will be announced at practice.  See you all there.

Summer 2014

A busy summer has already started.  Our first tour of churches was last Sunday, June 15 in Windom and was well received.  Members and fans may want to get some of these dates on their calendar.

July 11 will find us singing at Jackson’s Rhythm of the River Days.  Details will be coming, but for now put 5:30 down as our singing time.

July 13 will be our second tour of churches going east this time.

July 20 is the date for our last tour of churches as we sing in the north part of our area.

July 21 will be the BARC picnic.  Since that is a Monday, we will meet early to sing and then practice after that.

Those of you wanting to go to the Twins game need to talk to Terry to get on the list.  We will be joining other chapter from the region to sing on August 17.  Here’s your chance to be on Target field.images

The very next day we will have our chapter picnic.  That’s August 18 for those of you not keeping track.

Many of these days do not as yet have times locked down so be sure to be at practice. As I get more details I will let you know.

Our new summer shirts have been well received.  Please take care of them, they should give us many years of use.  Uniform of the day will also be discussed at practice.

10th Youth in Harmony

Saturday, January 18, 2014 75 students from Southwestern Minnesota gathered in Jackson, Minnesota for the Windom Chordhustlers 10th Youth in harmony event.  74 young men and women were coached musically by the quartets S.A.S.S. sass5

and Sound Image.


The high school students came from Butterfield-Odin, Martin County West, Red Rock Central, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Windom schools.


Both the young men,


and young women practiced and performed alone and as a large group with the Chordhustlers and the quartets.100_2539

Although there were some high winds blowing some snow around during the day, by show time the winds had decreased and everyone was able to travel safely.



Mix music and robotics and get fun

Robotics students raise funds via barbershop

Posted by Brian Lynch | Posted in In The NewsPress Clippings | Posted on December 6, 2013, 2:10 PM


How did you guys get your start singing barbershop? Who introduced you to it?
The group’s name is “TBA”, and there’s typically 8 people in the group. It was started at our high school a few years before we were students there. It is an auditioned group. Our music teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Reece, introduced us.

Where you guys from?
Peoria Illinois (Dunlap high school)

How you decide on using “Hello Mary Lou” as the parody vehicle?
We already knew it and decided to use it

Who wrote the actual words to the song you sang?
Andrew Jensen rewrote the words, and Adam Christiansen helped a lot

How did people respond to the song and video when you released it?
Everyone at school loved it!

Did you (or do you) have any concerts lined up where your group sang?
We’re performing at the Youth in Harmony Bloomington event, and we have small gigs around the community from time to time.


Food shelf concert

Chordhustlers’ benefit concert draws big crowd
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was nearly filled to capacity for the Windom Area Chordhustlers’ annual Food Shelf Benefit Concert Sunday afternoon.

Admission to the concert was an item for the food shelf or a freewill monetary donation. A total of 509 pounds of food were collected at the concert as well as $615, which was all donated to local food shelves.

The 90-minute concert featured a number of holiday selections performed by the hosts, which included secular songs of the season as well as several classic Christmas hymns, all sung in traditional four-part barbershop harmony. The men’s barbershop chorus numbers 30 men from all around the area.

In addition to the Chordhustlers, Original Blend, a quartet of Chordhustlers members Irvin and Brian Sether, Jay Imker and Karl Frederickson performed a couple of holiday selections.

A highlight of the concert was a guest appearance by the Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus from the Walnut Grove area. The group sang several numbers from its holiday concert series it will be performing in Marshall, Lamberton and Lucan.

Among the songs the group sang was “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth,” an arrangement made famous by Bing Crosby and David Bowie.

The concert concluded with members of the two choruses coming together to sing one song from each group’s repetoire.

The Chordhustlers have held a food shelf benefit concert for over 30 years.

2013 food shelf benefit

Foodshelf Show 12-1-13

The Windom Area Chordhustlers will help you get you and your family in a positive holiday mood as you support their annual Foodshelf Benefit Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom (548 17th St). Also performing will be the Original Blend Quartet and special guests The Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus.

Admission is a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the local foodshelves. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

The Chordhustlers are a thirty man, four part a capella harmony music group featuring singers from Windom and the surrounding area. They are directed by Kent Mickelson from Lakefield and are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. www.barbershop.org For more information contact Kent Mickelson 507-830-0324kdaemick@mysmbs.com