History of Southwest Vocal Alliance

History of Southwest Vocal Alliance

Chartered in September 2019, the Southwest Vocal Alliance was one of the first new mixed chorus charters of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

History of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of BarberShop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American close harmony musical art form whose roots lie in African-American improvisation and European harmony traditions. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee since 2007, our nonprofit organization provides active programs and resources in music education, publishing, performance, and community outreach.

Originally founded as an all male organization, the BHS opened its membership up to all genders in the summer of 2018.  In doing so, men’s, women’s, and mixed quartets and choruses can now compete in the same contest and celebrate in the same harmonious family.