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The music in the Arlingtones' repertoire is selected because of ease of learning and its popularity.
Men and women who are interested in learning about singing barbershop are encouraged to attend a chorus rehearsal, If you enjoy the music and fellowship, pick-up a sheet of music and join-in with the section that your voice finds most comfortable. You can listen to the chorus member next to you to find the note.
When you join the Arlingtones, you're becoming a member of the 33,000-man Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). It has over 700 chapters in the U.S. and affiliates around the world. There are over a dozen barbershop choruses in the greater D.C. area. The BHS Code of Ethics embraces "... the association of congenial men and women of good character... who aspire to preserve old-fashioned, vocal quartet harmony." To this end, BHS organizes many events and has published ten songs (Polecats) that all members are encouraged to learn. Imagine going to Baltimore and singing with a two thousand-man chorus!
The Arlingtones welcome any man or woman who is sincerely interested in singing barbershop-style, close harmony and is willing to participate in chorus activities. There is no audition required to join, The cost of membership is low, about $20 per month. This is possible because the chorus operating expenses are funded by admission fees colected for performances and paid sing-outs . If you have further questions about the Arlingtones, don't hesitate to ask.