Press Release

Pawtucket, RI, May 17, 2017 — Harmony Heritage Chorus, the Southern New England chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, recently earned regional recognition and qualified for a spot in the Silver Division at Harmony, Inc.’s international competition, which will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia later this year. The chorus also won the Rising Star Award for showing the greatest improvement in scoring over the previous year.
Harmony Heritage, based in Pawtucket, RI, competed with 9 other choruses in Harmony, Inc.’s Area 2, which encompasses all of the New England states plus Montreal. The competition took place in Devens, Massachusetts in April, and participants earning a score of a certain threshold are qualified to participate in the international competition of Harmony, Inc. choruses in November.
“The Harmony Heritage chorus rehearses all year to become more masterful at the four-part harmony that characterizes the barbershop style, but qualifying to participate in the International Convention & Contests of Harmony, Inc. is truly an honor,” says Anne Diggle, chapter president. “We plan to build on the success of our area contest showing as we prepare for our international performance, and we’re proud to represent the Pawtucket community among choruses from all across the United States and Canada.”
Harmony, Inc. has hosted area and international conventions for more than 50 years, gathering female singers of all musical backgrounds and experience levels to participate in a series of competitions for quartets and choruses. Participants are adjudicated by a panel of trained judges evaluating categories that encompass what songs the performers elect to sing, the skill with which they sing those songs, and how they perform the songs, which can include emotionally connecting with the audience. “The Harmony Heritage not only earned area recognition for its performance, but it has also accomplished something equally notable in qualifying to join other choruses at the premier event in Harmony, Inc.’s annual competition cycle,” says Christina Lewellen, Harmony, Inc. president. We appreciate the talent that these women bring to the barbershop harmony genre.”
With approximately twenty members, Harmony Heritage is directed by Bob O’Connell of Pawtucket, RI. The chorus presented two songs from the 1940’s at the area contest to earn its qualification, “We’ll Meet Again” and “That Old Feeling”. These selections are a small sample of the chorus’s extensive repertoire, which is ideally suited for a wide range of audiences and events. To learn more about the chorus’s upcoming performance schedule, visit

About Harmony Heritage:
Founded in 2001, the Pawtucket, RI chapter of Harmony, Inc., also known as the Harmony Heritage chorus, brings four-part a cappella harmony to the local community through regular performances and educational events. The chorus consists of women representing a wide range of musical backgrounds, from novice to trained professionals, and performs under the direction of Bob O’Connell. Harmony Heritage rehearses at 7:15 PM on Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 50 Park Place in Pawtucket.. For more information, visit Inquiries may also be made to Barbara-Ann MacIntosh at 401-560-0073 or or Mary Levasseur at 508-336-6956 or
About Harmony, Incorporated:
Harmony, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Since 1959, the organization has expanded from its Eastern roots in Providence, RI to include more than 60 chapters in the United States and Canada, from California to Newfoundland, and from Manitoba to Florida. For more information, visit
Photo byline:
Harmony Heritage women’s a cappella chorus won the Rising Star Award at Harmony Inc.’s Area 2 Contests and Convention
Chorus photo courtesy of Betsy Groner, Best Bets Photos © 2017

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