Weekly Update

There is NO REHEARSAL TONIGHT! 

Our rehearsal is this Thursday, a joint rehearsal with Old Capitol Chorus. The complete schedule between now and October’s contest can be found on the Harmony Hawks website.

Thursday rehearsal information

Location: Grace Community Church, 2707 Dubuque St NE, North Liberty. Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Carpool: If anyone is interested in carpooling to North Liberty, meet at Scottish Rite by 5:55. Will need to begin the drive by 6:00.

Thursday Schedule:

  • 6:30: The Old Songs / Warm-up – Oakley 
  • 6:40: Polecat – John Marshall choice
  • 6:45: Homeward Bound
  • 6:55: Daydream
  • 7:00: sectionals
  • Lead Leader: Wendell Keith; Bass Leader: Larry Hlavacek; Bari Leader: Oakley Lyon; Tenor Leader: Ryan Ballantyne.
  • Non-lead parts: Notes on brother can you spare a dime. Notes on middle section of Happy Days “your cares and troubles are gone” etc. And tag.
  • Leads: tenor solo section on Shenandoah.  Happy Days “your cares and troubles are gone” etc. And tag.
  • 7:25: Contest – Happy Days (are Here Again)
  • 7:40: Shenandoah
  • 7:50: Break – any quartets want to sing for the group?? If no quartet, then we’ll do a tag.
  • 8:00: Contest – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  • 8:25: Lullabye
  • 8:40: Hallelujah 
  • 9:00: KTWWS – Larry

It’s going to be a long evening but we’ll take a couple breaks as needed and I want to get a lot of great singing in. Please forward to whomever else might be interested in joining us. It’s not too late!

Registering for Fall Contest

Information about the contest and convention is on the Central States website which you can access at this link. The early registration deadline is September 11, and the hotel reservation deadline is Wednesday, September 15.

At last night’s meeting the board voted to pay the registration fee for all who register through the chorus joint reservation by September 8. Contact Larry Hlavachek to let him know you plan to attend no later than September 8.

This will be a considerable expense to the chorus and the board invites all who can afford it to donate back to the chorus their registration fee. (The cost of the registration tickets vary as shown on the photo below.)

Designate the Harmony Hawks through Amazon Smile

The last treasurer’s report showed that the chorus received $5 from Amazon Smile last month. Did you know that Smile will donate a portion of your purchases on Amazon at no cost to you by simply designating us as your charity of choice? Just go to Amazon and type Smile into the search bar to get started.

An invitation from the Dubuque chapter

Eric Windsor of the Music Men Chapter has invited us to participate in a golf fundraiser sponsored by their director’s father, Don Munn, a cancer survivor. The event is Saturday July 31 at the Three Elms Golf Course in Independence. For more information call Eric’s cell: 563-513-7468

Weekly Update

Tuesday Rehearsal


(from Chad)You are invited! Bring some folks with you! As most of you know, we are starting this Tuesday with our combined chorus rehearsal for October convention and other combined show songs. These will continue every other week until October when we evaluate and continue a path forward. We need your voice!  (Every week in September)
Rehearsals will be taking place in Swisher DanceMor – 77 2nd St SE, Swisher, IA 52338
Please listen to the songs so you are prepared to be a leader in your section.https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1lS_EvMVgRCOBL9u_YQObF9pkFUMUmevm
The hardest song for us to get started on is brother can you spare a dime. Here is a video to help get the interp down prior to Tuesday. What I want to do is close to this. https://youtu.be/t0BhgqDFkEA


Tuesday, July 13 – 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Songs to be sung are (link above to learning tracks):
  • Shenandoah
  • Daydream
  • *Contest – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  • *Contest – Happy Days (are Here Again)
  • Homeward Bound
  • *Lullabye
  • Hallelujah

*Indicates harder song where listening to learning tracks for your notes is highly important!
Looking forward to leading you all on this journey. Let’s have fun doing it and making music together!


Saturday Picnic

Where: Penn Meadows Park, North Liberty – South Concession Stand170 North Dubuque St, North Liberty, IA 52317
When: Saturday, July 17. 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

What to bring:

  • Meat
  • Dish to share
  • Table service
  • Beverages (ALCOHOL is Prohibited)
  • Games
  • Lawn chairs (?)

We plan on singing at 5:00, and eating right after that. See you there!

Weekly Update

Here are the songs for Tuesday, July 6.

  • Homeward Bound
  • Lullabye
  • Brother, Can you Spare a Dime
  • Tag?
  • Happy Days
  • Beautiful Savior
  • Shenandoah tag (if time permits)
  • Isn’t She Lovely

Off The Music Dates:

  • Last week: Shenandoah
  • Last week: Homeward Bound
  • July 13: Happy Days (coming up VERY soon)
  • July 27: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

Sing at the ballpark

Those who signed up need to report to Veteran’s Stadium at 5:30 this Thursday to join forces with the Old Capitol Chorus singing the National Anthem and, if you wish, stay for the game.

Joint rehearsals start July 13

 From director Chad Knipfer:

We are about to embark on joint rehearsal with the Old Chorus in an endeavor to compete in Lawrence, KS on Oct. 9. I would like to see at least 40 guys on the risers for this event. Please send this out to anyone you think may be interested in attending. If someone is interested but doesn’t think he can financially afford it, please feel free to reach out to me (knippysing@gmail.com) or a member of your chorus’ board, as there are options available to try and accommodate all.

We will NOT just be singing and working our contest song in these joint rehearsals; we will be singing other songs that we both know. Below are the details of the rehearsal schedule and song list. 

Mission: To create a musical experience and memory to last a lifetime with like-minded fellows & to elevate the barbershop experience in Eastern Iowa for as many people who want to participate. Creating and performing with a group such as this takes effort and commitment from everyone involved. Please respect everyone’s time by coming to rehearsals as prepared and warmed up as possible so we can make the best music possible with our time together.

Rehearsals will be taking place at DanceMor Ballroom, 77 2nd St SE, Swisher, IA 52338

During combined rehearsal weeks (below), we will not be holding normal chapter night on the “off” day (Thursday OCC, Tuesday Hawks), so that everyone needs to only commit to one night a week. Friends & Family are welcome and encouraged to come to rehearsals to listen and root us on!

Friends & Family Potluck

Saturday, July 17 – 4-8 pm, Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty – south shelter. Group sing around 5 pm. Bring a chair, dish to share, meat of your choice, and own drinks and table settings. Lets have everyone there!

Combined rehearsals:

  • Tuesday, July 13 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday, July 29 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 10 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday, August 26 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 7 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday, September 16 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 21 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thursday, September 30 – 6:30pm-9:00pm – Family & Friends send-off night. Will rehearse for an hour then perform our set a couple of times. 

Songs to rehearse:

  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Contest
  • Happy Days (Are Here Again) Contest
  • Homeward Bound
  • Shenandoah
  • Hallelujah
  • Lullabye
  • Daydream

Support Oakley’s Great Guitar Buildoff

Oakley showed us his completed project Tuesday night, and it is impressive. To get a better idea of just what work went into this, watch this YouTube video and then go and vote.

To vote, all you need to do is click on the heart icon on the page to submit your vote!

Please share this with all of your family and friends coworkers, retired friends, golf buddies etc to help get that number up!!

Where to vote: (Again just click the heart icon to vote)https://greatguitarbuildoff.com/products/oakley-lyon

Membership Renewals

Ryan Ballentine, Chapter Secretary, Tom Read, and Cliff Newman.

Now that we are back rehearsing in person we will be featuring those who have renewed their memberships. This week we honor Tom Read who has been a chapter member for 47 years and has served as Chapter Development VP and Music librarian for many years. Thank you, Tom, for all you have done for the chorus!

Upcoming Events

  • July 9: National Anthem at Veteran’s Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
  • July 17: A joint cookout with the Old Capitol Chorus, 
    • Penn Meadows Park, North Liberty – South Concession Stand
    • 4 – 8 pm
    • Sing @ 5:00, eat following
    • Bring games
    • Open invitation for anyone
    • Bring your own meat, dish to share, table service, beverages
  • August 13: Golf outing @ Airport National
  • September 25(?): Possible dessert fundraiser, two one-hour small audience concerts
  • Fall CSD Contest, Oct. 8 – 10 in Lawrence, KS
  • Gospel Concert, tentatively scheduled for November 12 or 19