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The Mt. Rushmore Chapter looks like many mid-sized chapters in mid-sized cities, with a roster of 36 members. But these Barbershoppers have a lot going for them. The chapter brings top talent to its annual Harmony Happening in the Hills, where Barbershoppers from around the region join for a day of rehearsing several songs and then performing them that evening at Mt. Rushmore just prior to the lighting ceremony.

They’re also active in outreach activities, as seen in this EXEMPLARY case study, reported by John Elving.

Music in Our Schools Month was special in Rapid City, SD in 2015. For the first time in many years, all five local Middle Schools United in Song for a spectacular celebratory concert.

The 450 seventh and eighth grade students were able to sing John Leavitt’s Festival Sanctus thanks to the Mt. Rushmore Chapter, which purchased the music for them. Budget cuts to the fine arts programs in the Rapid City schools would not have allowed them to purchase that music. When the members of the Shrine of Democracy Chorus heard about that, they immediately offered to supply the schools with that piece of music.

In addition to that purchase, the men’s Barbershop chorus also purchased classroom sets of Get America Singing…Again, Vol. 1 for each of the five schools to replace worn out classroom sets. This was due in large part to the sponsorships from the community that they offer each year for their show program. Last year they were able to sell $18,750 worth of sponsorship ads so that the chapter can do more for the community and schools.

This wonderful concert closed out with the concert choirs from the two high schools joining in with the middle school students in a finale of Cynthia Gray’s Let the Music Ring!

The Shrine of Democracy Chorus was in attendance for the concert as they were honored for their contribution in keeping music forefront in the lives of students within the area. They were also happy to serve that evening as ushers and ticket takers as all 1,745 seats were sold out. Once again, the Mt. Rushmore Chapter is happy to let people know that Music is Cool After School.”

Middle School Mass Choir