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Pasadena Crown City Chorus: Christmas Barbershop Style

Jo Anne Disney

On December 14th, I had the pleasure of attending the Christmas show of the Pasadena Crown City Chorus, including the barbershop quartet, Impact. It was a wonderful performance with guest ladies quartet, Hot Topic. It was a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
The Pasadena Crown City Chorus is a group of talented men who meet every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 North Lake Avenue in Pasadena. The Pasadena Crown City Chorus was formed in December of 1946. They belong to the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, singing 4-part harmony. And, each year the chorus competes nationally in barbershop chorus contests. In watching John Minsker, the Musical Director with the group, he really knows how to produce the showmanship and styles needed to win competitions.
The Pasadena Chapter is comprised of a talented group of men that enjoy fun and fellowship and live by their motto, “Sing Well, Have Fun!” They welcome new members who love to sing and want to sing better. One of the descriptions I read regarding the Crown City Chorus said they were “a professional quality singing organization comprised of amateur performers.” While they may be classified as amateurs, they are quite a remarkable singing group.

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