Welcome to the Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus!

Rehearsal Starting Up Again

The chorus is planning to start rehearsals again on Monday April 26th at 7:00pm.


Hanover Church of the Brethren [go to the rear door]

601 Wilson Ave, Hanover, PA 17331

6:45pm – 8:45pm

Our Chorus

Some choruses are dedicated to devoting much of their time toward competition within the society. If you have seen any of the TV programs (especially on PBS) featuring barbershop choruses/quartets, you know that there are some outstanding singing groups within our society.  Remember, these are men who do this as a hobby not as a group of  professionals.

Our chorus is dedicated to getting together as a group of men who enjoy singing four-party barbershop harmony. We furthermore are dedicated to keeping the Barbershop Harmony craft alive!

We invite you to visit any Monday night at 6:45pm at Hanover Church of the Brethren. Enter through the rear door.

#Hanover Barbershop Chorus Rehearsal
By: Clare Becker
Published on: August 5, 2014

We do not have auditions for men who want to join our chorus. If you like to sing, we will put you in a chorus and help you learn how to fit your voice in tone of the four parts.

We are lucky to have a competent new director who is dedicated to helping each member be the best they can be.

Standardbred Barbershop Chorus

Our History

In the summer of 1965, four men – Earl Bittinger (lead), Bob Carthew (tenor), Dave Landis (baritone), and Gary Forry (bass) formed a quartet and began singing barbershop-style music in Hanover, PA.

They soon decided to attempt to form a chorus and apply for a charter as a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.  So they sent letters to men in this area whom they thought might be interested in joining a chorus.  About fifteen men attended a first meeting held at the Utz Potato Chip Co. pavilion in early October 1965.  Formal meetings began on the first Monday of April, 1966.  At that time, the first elected board of officers considered selecting a name for the chorus and decided to call the group “Chorus of Conewago”.

On the first Monday of March 1967, the Executive Board members of The Hanover Chorus met with the Area V.P. of the Mid-Atlantic District, the Penn Dutch Area Counselor, and the President of the York Chapter to discuss the procedures for incorporating, licensing, and obtaining a charter as a chorus of the International Society.  By February of 1968, the incorporation had been completed through the York County Court, and the formal application for a charter was sent to the International Society.  The Chapter was formally presented at the first Annual Harvest of Harmony Barbershop Show on September 14, 1968.

In 1973, the chapter membership voted to change the chapter’s name to the “Standardbred Chorus” because Hanover is well-known as the primary location for breeding standardbred horses.

What a remarkable history, thanks to remaining charter members Don Myers and Dick Weaver plus all others who worked and cooperated to make it happen!

Standardbred Barbershop Chorus

Standardbred Barbershop Chorus


Public Performances

We perform publicly on many different occasions throughout the year.  Contact us today and see about adding barbershop harmony  to your event!

Published on May 26, 2014

The Hanover Barbershop Chorus sings at the Hanover Memorial Day Parade
By: Mike Rubin