About The Minnetonka clippers

The Minnetonka clippers is a membership organization of singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun. We currently have 20 singers from all walks of life, and from all parts of the western suburban area as far away as Buffalo  and Elk River.

 

Activities

 

The main purpose of The Minnetonka clippers is to get out and sing in our community. We sing at  the Como Park Annual Show, at community events, and at group homes for seniors. We also perform Singing Telegrams around Valentines Day.  We are available to sing at your next function or event so contact us If you're looking for a unique musical experience to liven up your event, please check out our Hire Us section.


Education

In addition to sharing our music with others, another great passion of ours is learning more about the art of acapella singing. Vocal instruction is a regular part of chorus rehearsals, and a very important component of the chorus experience for all members: newcomers as well those with long time experience.  Another of our  goals is to demonstrate the fun of barbershop singing to youth so that they may enjoy a lifetime of satisfying participation.  Barbershop singers begin their participation with in the whole spectrum of musical ability but many begin with limited to no experience.  Ability to read music is certainly an advantage but by no means is necessary.  Chapter members are provided learning cd's so that the music can be learned by ear.


Competitionlogo toronto smCompetition is an essential component of improvement, both as individuals participants as well as the chorus as a whole. It is a special time for quartets and choruses from our region to come together to sing for each other, and get some constructive feedback from a panel of judges. It provides incentive as well as camaraderie with other barbershoppers. The annual spring competition this year will be on May 3 -4 at Northwetern College in Roseville, Mn. The winners of the regional competition in both quartet and chorus categories get to travel to International Competition, which is held in the fall in a city selected each year. In 2013, International Competition will be held in Toronto. Click here to learn more.

Quartets

Most choruses have a number of members who form their own vocal quartets in addition to singing with the chorus. The Minnetonka clippers currently is home to a number of wonderful quartets, and we are very proud of them! Click here to see our quartet section to learn more about them.

 

Affiliation

     The Minnetonka clippers is a chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society, a non-profit international organization of approximately 25,000 members in choruses and quartets, worldwide. The Headquarters is in Nashville, TN.

     We are also a chapter member of the Land O' Lakes District (LOL) of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  LOL comprises all of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and the western half of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, USA; and all of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and the western half of Ontario, Canada. Within the LOL are 53 barbershop choruses or "chapters," and many more registered quartets.

 

 
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