History of Hospitality

History of Hospitality

In September 1988, four members of the North Shore Chapter of SPEBSQSA (international Barbershop Harmony Society) formed a pick-up quartet to perform at Evanston's Tasters Fest, on Chicago's suburban north shore.

Little did we know we would so enjoy the flavor of the music we created that we would remain together as a foursome. Welcoming all to enjoy our special brand of harmony, we chose the name Hospitality for our quartet.

Over the years, Hospitality has performed at a variety of public gatherings, private parties, and business and civic functions in the Chicago area--including a brief appearance on WBBM-TV news with Bob Wallace.

Our appearances on the contest stage have not been numerous, but we have improved our ranking in each successive contest. Most recently, we attained top ten status in Illinois District SPEBSQSA International Prelims (Spring 1999). Unlike many other, more competitive, quartets, we haven't let success go to our heads.

We have built a varied repertoire of songs, encompassing ballads, mid-tempo tunes, and uptempo rousers, spanning the period from the golden age of barbershop (1880s-1920s) to more contemporary numbers.

With over 93 years' combined barbershopping experience, we now represent both the North Shore and Northbrook Chapters of SPEBSQSA. We invite men of high school age and older who like to sing, to find out more about our chapters:

  • North Shore Chapter (home of the Shoreliner Chorus) - meets 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Elliott Hall, Presbyterian Home, 3131 Simpson St. (Golf Rd.), Evanston
  • Northbrook Chapter (home of the New Tradition Chorus) - meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Christian Heritage Academy, 315 Waukegan Rd., Northfield

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