About us

The Harmony Hawks perform under the direction of John Hayden at the 2013 Spring Show at Prairie High Concert Hall .
The Harmony Hawks perform under the direction of John Hayden at our Spring Show at Prairie High Concert Hall .

Harmony Hawks Chorus

The Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus is a community service chorus based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Men and boys aged 16 and older from across Eastern Iowa sing with us. We are affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society, and barbershop harmony lies at the heart of our repertoire that also includes patriotic, gospel, and popular music arranged as four-part acapella harmony.

Community Service:

Some highlights last year include:

  • Providing entertainment for Tribute to Heroes, the kickoff event for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
  • Raising money for charity in our annual Gospel Concert
  • Providing music for many Naturalization Ceremonies
  • Teaming up with choirs from College Community‚Äôs Prairie Point middle school in our annual spring show
  • Visiting area schools to demonstrate vocal technique and barbershop quartet singing
  • Sponsoring a Youth in Harmony Festival for 150 students 7-12

Our mission: to promote singing for a lifetime.

Our current members range in age from high school youth to senior citizens with over 60 years of singing experience in our chorus. By learning to blend our voices, we develop both our vocal skill and the bonds of friendship with each other. Singing invigorates us and keeps our minds sharp. Our mission includes reaching out to schools to assist them in bringing the gift of singing to their students.


  • If you are a male aged 16 or older who loves to sing, come to any rehearsal
  • We meet Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Come join us at one of our public performances
  • Call Tom Read, to visit rehearsal or for scheduling performances 319-360-3765

Singing in competition:

The Harmony Hawks Chorus and quartets compete yearly in the Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Preparing for contest sharpens our skills and raises the level of performance on all our songs.

Director, John Hayden

Under John Hayden’s direction, the Harmony Hawks have won the Plateau AA Championship in the five-state Central States Region. He is an active clinician at choral festivals in the United States and Canada, an arranger, festival judge, and has been on the faculty of Harmony University. John also has extensive quartet experience including singing lead with the current CSD Champion Quartet, Switchback.

John teaches vocal music at Benton Community in Van Horne, Iowa.

2020 Harmony Hawks Board of Directors and Officers

  • President, Cliff Newman
  • Past President, Larry Hlavacek
  • Music & Programming VP, Larry Hlavacek
  • Membership & Chapter Development VP, Tom Read
  • Secretary, Wendell Aldrich
  • Treasurer, Al Huneke
  • Marketing & Public Relations VP, Gary Lindsay
  • Bill Moss, at large

Contact us:

  • Larry Hlavacek, President, larry.hlavacek@gmail.com
  • Gary Lindsay, Past President, Webmaster, Marketing & PR 319-721-0781
  • Tom Read, to visit rehearsal or for scheduling performances 319-360-3765

One reply on “About us”

Hi you guys look fantastic and are way ahead of the Chorus we set up in our community just 8 years ago in 2012. Our web site is Sweet-Harmony.org.uk where you can find out all about us. I am lucky enough to be coming to Cedar Rapids with work tomorrow (TransAmerica) for two weeks and would love to come along to your practice on Thursday evening 5th March to see how it is really done. I sing base in our chorus and in our quartet called Take four.

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