Harmony College Northwest

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About Harmony College NW

How did HCNW get started?

Harmony College Northwest was created with a dream to provide a fun weekend of education and training in singing skills and the barbershop style. The early organizers wanted to share the knowledge, approaches and talent of barbershop “superstars”. And, we wanted to provide coaching for quartets and choruses with coaches they might normally not have access to.

‚ÄčTom Condon, past HCNW Dean says, “My sources tell me that 1980 was the first year for HCNW (then called a HEP: Harmony Enhancement [or Education] Program). Chester Colpitts, then Music VP for the Evergreen District, asked Jim Bloxzyl to set it up, because Chester lived in Canada and they wanted the school in the Puget Sound metropolitan area. Jim did just that. They were hoping for 150 students the first year; they got 210!”

Working Together

The barbershoppers of the Pacific Northwest and western Canada truly enjoy sharing our craft and music together, and we understand the power of working together. No other regional school in the Barbershop Harmony Society has this much participation and cooperation between the two organizations! HCNW has served as a shining example for districts and regions to pursue the value of working together.

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