Lakeside Hosts Barbershop Quartet Festival

Posted Aug 27th, 2010 by Delaine Farr  Category: Arts & Entertainment,



Lakeside, Ohio – Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly, including such performers as the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Kathy Mattea and The Spinners. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages in Lakeside.

Admission to the Lakeside grounds and Hoover Auditorium nightly entertainment requires a gate pass. The last week of the Chautauqua season (Aug. 29-Sept. 6) is half-off gate admission ($8.75 for adults, $6.25 for youth ages 12-18, and free for children under 12 and guests over 90). Labor Day Weekend’s entertainment will include:

Saturday, Sept. 4
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
61st Annual Barbershop Quartet Festival

Lakeside will celebrate the 61st anniversary of the Lakeside Barbershop Quartet Festival with “The Show of Champions” at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 in Hoover Auditorium. The show will be the final Hoover performance of the 2010 Chautauqua summer season.

Barbershop emerged in the U.S. in the early 1900s from African-American music traditions, and went through a revival in the 1940s. The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) describes barbershop as “four-part, unaccompanied, close-harmony singing,” with consonant chords, “understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.”

The Lakeside Barbershop Quartet Festival will feature three award-winning groups: The Men of Independence Chorus (pictured above) and quartets Lightly Seasoned and 4-Way Stop.

The Men of Independence: The Men of Independence is the chorus of the Independence, Ohio, chapter of the BHS. The chapter is home to several talented quartets, including district finalists The News! and Sunshine Committee. Both the chorus and quartets from the chapter will perform.

The chorus competes in the Johnny Appleseed District (JAD) of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which covers Ohio, parts of West Virginia and the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. After consistently placing in the top three for several years, they were Chorus Champions in 2010.

The chorus is under the direction of Dr. Thomas Scott. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and master’s degree in choral conducting from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in music theory and music composition from Kent State University.

Lightly Seasoned: Lightly Seasoned (pictured above) is a quartet from northeast Ohio. The group is comprised of lead George Alcorn, tenor Joe Fraley, baritone Greg Batchelor and bass Darryl Flinn. The quartet were the 2009 JAD Senior Champions and the 2010 International Seniors Bronze Medalists.

Though the four retirees come from different backgrounds—pipe fitting, railroads, printing and insurance—they share a passion for barbershop music and have years of experience singing it. Batchelor also founded the Independence, Ohio, chapter of the BHS. Flinn is retired from an executive position with the BHS. He currently coaches quartets and choruses, judges barbershop contests, directs the City of Flags Chorus, a women’s barbershop chorus, and is active with the Canton Hall of Fame Chorus, a men’s barbershop chorus.

4-Way Stop: 4-Way Stop (pictured below) has been performing since 2004. In 2009, they were the JAD Quartet Champions and International Collegiate 5th Place Medalists. The group is comprised of lead Robbie Churgovich, tenor Mike Wright, baritone Joe Downey and bass Ryan McDivitt. All four men are past or current members of The Alliance Chorus, a two-time International Bronze Medalist and consistent top 10 finisher. Churgovich and McDivitt started singing barbershop in high school, in two separate quartets with Wright. Downey, a second generation barbershop singer, met them through The Alliance Chorus.

Known as the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call 866-952-5374.


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