Upcoming Performances

The Harmony Hawks present the Best of Cedar Rapids Gospel Concert

Best of Cedar Rapids Gospel Concert, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022

Location: St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8300 C Avenue, Marion, Iowa

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. , Concert begins at 7

The Harmony Hawks Chorus presents our annual Best of Cedar Rapids, Gospel Concert 7 p.m. Friday, November 11, at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8300 C Avenue, Marion.  This annual fall tradition brings together many outstanding vocal and instrumental groups and soloists from the Cedar Rapids area performing a variety of Gospel and religious music.

The Harmony Hawks Chorus will anchor the show preforming our Gospel and Patriotic Songs.

Admission is free with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken to benefit Matthew 25.  For more information please contact Wendell Aldrich at 362-1587.

We hope you will join us this year to experience a fun and inspirational evening.

Tribute To Heroes, Friday, June 17

Location: The Hotel at Kirkwood
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The chorus will entertain at one of the signature events of the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, the Tribute to Heroes Ceremony. This event recognizes several amazing heroes and individuals that have made positive contributions to our community! Those nominated and selected will be honored at our Tribute to Heroes in-person event, will be featured on KCRG, and act as Grand Marshall in the Freedom Festival Parade (returning to downtown Cedar Rapids Saturday, June 25th, 2022)!

For more information about this event see the Freedom Festival’s website: https://www.tourismcedarrapids.com/events-calendar/tribute-to-heroes-dinner-fundraiser/

Linn Country Fair, Military Appreciation Day June 26

From the LInn County Fair website: “Join us as we roll out the red, white and blue to celebrate all Military who are or have served our country. All military registering for a name badge out front of grandstand will receive free admission to the following grandstand events Dony Races 12:00 p.m. and Tough Trucks 6 p.m.. Special presentations prior to each grandstand event will honor our military.   Quilts of Valor Presentations will be held at the Farm Bureau Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00p.m.”


Other Upcoming Events

  • October 6-9 – Central States District Fall Convention  
  • November 11 – Best of Cedar Rapids Gospel Concert

Weekly Updates

Weekly Update for June 5

These are some of the guys who performed at the Memorial Day observance at Cedar Memorial Cemetery May 31. Several hundred attended this event which is becoming an annual tradition.

Rehearsal Plan for June 7

Tuesday Songs

  • Armed Forces Medley
  • America the Beautiful
  • Shenandoah
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • God Bless the USA
  • Polecat that we know with peeling off quarteting members like a hot potato
  • Tag or two

Tribute to Heroes Details

  • When: Friday, June 17
  • Time: 6:00 – Arrive & Rehearse, 7:00 – National Anthem, approx. 7:45 – 3 songs
  • Where: The Hotel at Kirkwood
  • Attire: Black tux pants, red shirt, white tie, shiny shoes
  • See Larry Hlavacek if you are interested in eating and listening to the program
  • Keynote Speaker: University of Iowa Women’s Wrestling Coach Clarissa Chun

Golf Outing Details

SAVE THE DATE: Our annual golf outing will be Friday, August 12.  Join fellow members of our chorus in this fun event. Golfing ability is NOT a prerequisite to enjoy this event. It is a fun social time that just happens to include golf. Even if you do not have clubs, sign up and join us—-we will find clubs for you. The scoring will be set up in a four-person best shot format so all levels of golfers will have a good time.

  • WHEN: Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m.
  • WHERE: Airport National Golf Course, 3001 Wright Brothers Blvd East.
  • COST: $36 payable at the clubhouse
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED: Nine holes of golf with electric cart. Also included is a meal of either hamburger or brat, chips, and a 20 oz. soft drink. (Beer will also be available for purchase).
    • Long drive
    • Closest to the pin
    • Longest putt
    • Prize for every participant based on your team’s finish   

ALSO INCLUDED: Lots of fun, fellowship and singing!!!

We will have signup sheets at rehearsal soon.

If you would like to sign up now contact Bob Kerdus at 319 – 350 -7344 or email him at thekerdi@gmail.com

Upcoming Events (See the details on HarmonyHawks.org)

  • June 17 – Tribute to Heroes (Friday)
  • June 26 – Linn County Fair Sing-out (Sunday)
  • August 2 – Kernel’s National Anthem sing out
  • August 12 – Golf Outing
  • October 6-9 – CSD Fall Convention  
  • November 11 – Gospel Concert

Weekly Update

‘Silhouettes’ added to the website You can now access and download the PDF and tracks for “Silhouettes.” The past two weeks we have introduced this song. Long-time members may remember singing this in the past. This song was a favorite of the Doo Wop era, and it was made popular by The Rays in 1957. …

Update for May 16

A personal reflection on Saturday’s show From Gary Lindsay, webmaster. Those who saw me studying my music up to show time Saturday and at intermission might have already concluded that I did not feel totally ready to perform all our music. I had misgivings, some serious ones, and I don’t think I was alone in …

About us

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 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’s 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 have members ranged 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 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Come join us at one of our public performances
  • Call Jack Ray (319-360-6858), to visit rehearsal
  • To schedule a performance, contact Larry Hlavacek (larry.hlavacek@gmail.com)

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.

2022 Harmony Hawks Board of Directors and Officers

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

2022 Spring Show Chairs

  • Tom and Barb Read, ‭(319) 360-3765‬, tomandbarbr@yahoo.com

Contact us:

  • Larry Hlavacek, Music VP,  larry.hlavacek@gmail.com
  • Gary Lindsay,  Webmaster, VP Marketing & PR 319-721-0781
  • Jack Ray, to visit rehearsal or for scheduling performances 319-854-6858, email at Jandbray04@netins.net