So what makes this sweeeet sound of barbershop harmony?
We sing in Four-parts, in very close-harmony, unaccompanied with any instruments:
Artistic singing in the barbershop style exhibits a fullness or expansion of sound, precise intonation, a high degree of vocal skill and a high level of unity and consistency within the chorus. The presentation and visual delivery is from the heart, believable, and sensitive to the song and its arrangement. The presentation artistically melds the musical and visual aspects to create and sustain the music to engage the listener – That's barbershop!
There is also the Barbershop Harmony Society which is the world's largest all male singing organization with 30,000 members worldwide. On many occasions, RiverOaks will team up with some of these groups and/or other SAI Chapters and quartets for performances and shows.