Update, Nov. 26

2021 Officers Elected

The chorus has elected the chorus leadership for 2021. Thanks to all chorus members who vote by email, and thanks to the Nominating Committee of Gary Lindsay, Bill Moss and Ryan Ballentine for filling the slate of with willing volunteers. Wendell Aldrich has stepped down and Chapter secretary after many years of service. Thank you, Wendell. Thanks also to Scott Wilcox for stepping up the Secretary office.

  • President: Cliff Newman 
  • Past President: Larry Hlavacek
  • VP Music and Performance: Larry Hlavacek
  • VP Membership & Chapter Development: Tom Read
  • VP Marketing and PR: Gary Lindsay
  • Treasurer: Al Huneke
  • Secretary: Scott Wilcox

Director Search continues

Our director search committee is led by Larry Hlavacek and consists of Bob Kerdus and Al Huneke from the chorus and Jesse Bunge and Barb Read. They will be posting the following information on the Iowa Choral Directors Newsletter. It has been posted on Harmonize from CSD and on Facebook and LinkedIn. Members can help this search by sharing the Facebook post on their own news feeds or by emailing this notice to anyone in their contacts who might be interested.

The Harmony Hawks Chorus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is seeking a front-line director.  For 70 years we have been entertaining audiences with our unique 4-part harmony, barbershop style music.  We have a strong history of active community involvement as well as participation in the yearly Barbershop Harmony Society contests and are now looking for an energetic and enthusiastic director who can reignite and help grow our chorus once we can return to in-person rehearsals. A background in Barbershop music is preferred but not required. Our Society (see https://www.barbershop.org) is an incredible resource for learning about our craft. An excellent place to learn more as an educator is athttps://www.youtube.com/user/BarbershopHarmony38. Click on the “What Educators should Know” playlist. 

For further information, please refer to our web site at www.harmonyhawks.org/director-search/. There you will find an on-line application form and more information.

Get your barbershop fix online

  • Ambassador of Harmony’s Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 5, at 7 PM CST. Let us lift your spirits for the holiday season… from the comfort and safety of your living room! The 4-time BHS International Champion chorus, the Ambassadors of Harmony, is excited to present a virtual Christmas show this year. We will share some of our holiday favorites from Christmas past… while looking forward with anticipation to Christmas present. The premiere of the event will be broadcast “live” on the Barbershop Harmony Society YouTube page, free to all with no pre-registration required. Please share this event with your family and friends and plan to join us!
  • The Masters of Harmony (9-time international chorus champions) — has created a FREE virtual Christmas show with the hope that it brings you joy and happiness and good spirits for the holiday season. The show will premiere two, new virtual chorus performances as well as a collection of audience favorites from past shows. The event will stream on December 5 at 3pm Pacific Time (7 pm CST). Click on the link below to RSVP and get your spot! www.watchbarbershop.com/moh
  • 2021 CSD Leadership Academy: The Central States District is excited to announce that the 2021 Leadership Academy will be hosted within the 2021 BHS Midwinter Convention! They have teamed up with Harmony Hall to host a dedicated space within the 2021 BHS Midwinter Convention’s virtual world specifically for the CSD Leadership Academy. With facilitators from throughout the barbershop world, we promise you’ve never been to a CSD Leadership Academy like this. For $99 barbershoppers will have access to the CSD Leadership Academy AND the entire BHS Midwinter Convention … from the comfort of your very own home. Curious how a virtual convention will work? Click this link for a video preview provided by BHS.
  • Scholarship information coming for CSD LA. The CSD will be making scholarships available to chapters to help offset the added cost. More details on this will be coming soon. We will be sending out more information in the coming weeks as we finalize the agenda and course offerings. We are very excited about this unique opportunity and cannot wait to see you there.

Upcoming Virtual Holiday shows from the BHS

These are from the Barbershop Harmony Societies listing, and some charge an admission fee. Click on the watch link to get to the complete information.

  • Dec 1 -31 (month-long) | on-demand | New Tradition Chorus | WATCH
  • Dec 5 (Sat) | Noon Pacific/3:00pm Eastern | Croix Chordsmen WATCH
  • Dec 5 (Sat) | 3:00pm Pacific/6:00pm Eastern | Masters of Harmony | WATCH
  • Dec 5 (Sat) | 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | Ambassadors of Harmony | WATCH
  • Dec 6 (Sun) | 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern | Beehive Statesmen | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | Noon Pacific/3:00pm Eastern | Land O’ Lakes District | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 2:00pm and 7:30pm Central | Vocal Majority | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 6:00pm Central | Fog City Harmonia
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 5:00 Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | SmorgasChorus | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | 5:00 Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | HALO | WATCH
  • Dec 12 (Sat) | Harmony Delegation with Harmony Central WATCH
  • Dec 13 (Sun) | 3:00pm Central | Heralds of Harmony | WATCH
  • Dec 13 (Sun) | 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern | Westchester Chordsmen | WATCH
  • Dec 18 (Fri) | 7:00 pm Central | Vocal Revolution | WATCH
  • Dec 19 (Sat) | 7:00 pm Central | Minneapolis Commodores | WATCH
  • Dec 19 (Sat) | AIC Show | WATCH
  • Dec 19 (Sat) | 9:00pm Central | San Diego Chorus
  • Dec 20 (Sun) | 3:00pm Eastern | Vocal Confluence with Voces Solis | WATCH
  • Dec 20 (Sun) | 3:30pm Pacific/6:30pm Eastern | Alexandria Harmonizers & Northwest
  • Sound | WATCH
  • Dec 23 (Wed) | 1:00pm Central | The Collective | WATCH
  • Dec 23 (Wed) | PDX Voices
  • Dec 29 (Tue) | 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | Music City Chorus | WATCH

Update, Nov. 10

Thank you, veterans

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a great time to remember the service of many of the Harmony Hawks and their significant others who have served in our armed forces. We often perform the “Armed Forces Medley” to honor these, but as the pandemic has halted performances for the time being, let’s honor them now. Thank You for your service to our country!

This week’s rehearsal

I am sure you have all been following the number of cases of COVID-19 in Linn County and/or Iowa and the positivity rate. This is VERY alarming. I feel that it is not in our best interest to hold a rehearsal on Thursday, so WE WILL NOT MEET this Thursday. I was really looking forward to seeing the chorus and to sing a few songs. I can’t, in good conscience, potentially expose people to the virus. Just to give you some numbers for Linn County residents:

  • 10/18-10/24: 408 reported
  • 10/25-10/31: 1,174 reported
  • 11/1-7/2020: 1,874 reported
  • 11/8: 543 reported

So for this week, let’s take our mind off of the huge increase in the number of cases and practice a little barbershop. Please work on “Old Account Was Settled”.

In harmony, Larry Hlavacek

Director search well underway

Our director search committee has developed a hiring process for our new director. Bob Kerdus, Al Huneke, Barb Read, and Jesse Bunge have been on the committee lead by Larry Hlavacek.

As a result of several meetings, the committee developed documents that will help us and the potential director candidates understand who we are and what we expect from our director. Thanks go to Metro Mix and Barb Read for providing many documents that they created and their application. This saved us a lot of time.

We have already reached out to several potential director candidates, and anticipate completing the process in February.

Our posting appeared in the Harmonizer last week and Gary Lindsay has created a page on our website for the director search. A link to an application is also on that page.


Ted Bey has renewed his membership with the Harmony Hawks for his 49th year.  As senior as he is, only a few in the chorus remember when he sang with us.  Ted has 5 persons of note and is approaching that Senior Member status when as a 50-year member he will become dues free for the society and district.

Ted has a great bass voice which he used on radio for many years. Thank you, Ted, for signing up for another year.

Joel Nettles has signed up for his 9th year with the Harmony Hawks.  A talented baritone, Joel sings with the Road Trip Quartet.  Thank you, Joel, for staying with us for another year.


Sadly, the chorus says goodbye to lead Gary Glockoff. Gary and his wife Kristen made a very quick move to the Des Moines area to be near their daughter’s family. Gary has long been a member of the chorus and the Profound Sound quartet. Thank you for all your years of service Gary. We will miss you.

Update, Oct. 5

This week’s prep work

I hope that everyone was able to work on Alexander’s Ragtime Band last week. I know at least one person worked on the song, and several others who have thanked us for starting this.

As we sent out last week, we are providing you a song that we would like you to work on. We are asking for thirty minutes to one hour of your time each week to work on the song. This can be in one day, or spread out over multiple days. Each song has the learning tracks available on the Harmony Hawks website at http://harmonyhawks.org/for-the-hawks. We will begin this effort with the songs that we would have sung on the Spring Show.

  • If you would like to record yourself and have feedback on your singing, I will be happy to have you send me the recording and I will give you written comments. If enough people want this, I will reach out to other members to help with the feedback.
  • I am collecting updates on your weekly practicing, which is entirely voluntary. Just send me the song and the amount of time you spend.

This week please concentrate on Roll Out of Bed With A Smile.