Welcome to the Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus!

Our 50th Anniversary Show!

 A Celebration of Harmony

Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus

Under new direction since January 2017, the Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus is singing well these days, and have prepared a set of new songs for your enjoyment (and ours)!

Feature Quartet
Pratt Street Power

Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pratt Street Power has been fittingly called one of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s “young powerhouses of today!” Since their formation only a year ago, they have already accomplished a great deal – including winning the 2016 International Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest in Nashville, TN! They are also  2017 Mid-Atlantic District 2ndPlace Quartet Finalists, and active members of Parkside Harmony 2017 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Champions. The members of the quartet all have classical music training but also have studied many other kinds of music, which has influenced the music they choose to sing.

Guest  Chorus
Parkside Harmony

Honoring our 50th anniversary with a special guest appearance. Based out of Hershey, PA, Parkside Harmony is proud to present a variety of recognizable and entertaining songs, all in the a cappella style.

2017 Show Afterglow

Thank you to the many folks who purchased tickets online! Have to close the online box office now, it’s SHOWTIME!  Tickets are still available at the door.

Hanover Dutch Days

We are participating in this again this year!

29 Jul 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Delicious foods, handmade crafts, and great music – combined, these traditions have drawn thousands of people to downtown Hanover for three decades for the Hanover Dutch Festival.

Stop by and say hello! Always held the last Saturday in July, the Dutch Festival is a standing Hanover tradition in itself.  Keep an ear out for a strolling quartet throughout the day!

2017 Officers

The 2017 officers of the Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus were installed at the Annual Installation Dinner at Trinity UCC Church on Monday, January 9.  Pictured from right to left are: President Ed Maxwell, Immediate Past President Ralph McGregor, Treasurer Earl Erb, VP of Marketing Dick Graybill, Wayne Meyer VP of Chapter Development, Doug Bayliss VP of Music and Performance, Don Myers Member at Large and Wendell Hoover Member at Large.  Representing the Barbershop Harmony Society, Chapter Advocate Lamar Bortner was the installing officer.

2017 Officers

Lamar Bortner at right installs the 2017 officers (facing him) of the Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus January 9th

Coinciding with the installation of officers was the introduction and welcoming of the new Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus director, John Markel (Mar-kel.) John brings to Hanover a wealth of barbershopping experience including several years of directing

John Markel

choruses and singing in outstanding barbershop quartets.


His goal is to improve the performance level of the Hanover Barbershop Chorus to the point that men who like to sing will want to be a part of it, and will come to Homewood at Plum Creek chapel at 425 Westminster Avenue on any Monday at 7:00 pm to “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

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 7:00pm at Homewood At Plum Creek,425 Westminster Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331. Enter through the front door and just ask the receptionist to point you to the Barbershoppers.

#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


Annual Shows

Each year the chorus presents a two-hour musical stage show.  Along with the Chorus, we always try to feature an ensemble of singers from the local area and a featured quartet, often flown in from out of town.Several chapter quartets get in on the act and entertain by singing one or more songs.   The featured guest quartet presents a “show-within-the-show” that lasts about 30 minutes.

Keep an eye out for show flyers in shops and store windows all around town around September of each year.

Photos from 2014 Show


Hanover Standardbred Chorus 2014



THROWBACK: The definition of ‘throwback’ basically means: a reminder of the past. Music certainly has the power to take us back to that special place, or remind us of that certain someone. This quartet brings together an infectious energy and a love of yesterday’s music, and we’re certain their fresh spin on familiar melodies will entertain audiences of all ages! Swing by their website to stay in touch with their latest news and performance dates. Members Paul Phillip Betancourt Sean Devine Alex Rubin Michael Skutt

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


Contact Us

Please feel free to call or send us an email today!

Phone: 717-478-8280
Email: hanoverbarbershopchorus@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

We meet Monday nights at 7:00pm
Homewood At Plum Creek
425 Westminster Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331.



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


2015 Annual Show

Annual Barbershop Show

Hanover Standardbred Barbershop Chorus Annual Show!

“As Time Goes By”

Saturday 9/26/15

Doors open at 6:45pm, Show at 7:30pm
Hanover Senior High School
401 Moul Ave, Hanover PA
Ticket price: $15.00

Gimme Four

Announcing our guest quartet for our 2015 annual show. Gimme Four is a barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Paul, Dave, Will, and Joe have been singing together since 2011

L to R- Tenor: Paul Franek, Lead: David Ammirata, Bass:  Will Downey, Baritone:  Joe Servidio

L to R- Tenor: Paul Franek, Lead: David Ammirata, Bass:
Will Downey, Baritone: Joe Servidio

In their first year, they won the Rahway Valley Novice Quartet Championship and were named the 2012 Mid-Atlantic District Collegiate Champions.
That summer, they competed at the 2012 International Collegiate Quartet Contest in Portland, Oregon, placing 8th. In 2013, they finished 6th at the same contest in Toronto. Later that year, they competed and placed 2nd at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Contest.
They qualified to compete in the 2014 International Quartet Contest in Las Vegas, placing 40th, and took 3rd at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Contest. Thereafter, the quartet successfully qualified for the 2015 International Quartet Contest in Pittsburgh. At this contest, Gimme Four became an International Semifinalist, finishing 19th. The quartet is now hard at work preparing for District.

Paul Franek just graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Business. He is an avid barbershopper and presentation coach.

David Ammirata went to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and works as a video editor at a post production house. He is also the director of East
Coast Sound, a barbershop harmony society chapter and youth chorus.

Will Downey has a degree in music education from Ithaca College. He currently teaches violin and has a number of his own private students.

Joe Servidio is currently attending Montclair State University. He is working full time and finishing his degree in Philosophy.