The Barnstormers is a 4-part male choral group that gets together three times each year to perform concerts throughout New England, PA and NY.
Members come from all the New England states, as well as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida. New singers, from high school age and up, are always welcome and accepted without audition in four men's voices: Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone and Bass.
The music is a mixture of spirituals, gospels, and patriotic pieces.
The Barnstormers meet three times a year: late April, mid July and late September. Rehearsals are held Friday afternoon and evening and again on Saturday morning. The concert is held Saturday evening, and those that are able, sing at a church service on Sunday morning.
A warm invitation is extended to men that love to sing to join our wonderful group. Rehearsals are on Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm, and on Saturday morning from 9 am to 12 noon. If you're unable to attend the 2 pm practice on Friday you can still sing at the Saturday concert.
Please send us your contact information here and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also contact the president of the Barnstormers, Norm Lasda, at (315) 488-8165.
William C. Davis is a native of Naugatuck, Connecticut, where he was Choral Director and Music Coordinator for more than 240 students at Naugatuck High School from 1973-2001. During that time he led the Naugatuck High School Chamber Singers, who performed extensively throughout New England, Pennsylvania and Virginia, plus in Quebec and Nova Scotia, Canada.
Mr. Davis earned degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University, New York University and the University of Bridgeport, with additional study at the Hartt School of Music and the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Davis served as a frequent adjudicator and guest conductor at festivals in Portland, Durham and Ellington, Connecticut, and at the C.M.E.A. Southern Regional Music Festival. He was also a guest conductor at Laurel Music Camp for nine seasons and directed the Heritage Singers in Southbury, Connecticut for 14 years. He also directed the Naugatuck Community Chorus from 2001-2005 and the Keene Chorale from 2010-2016.
Jean Degan has been the choir director for vocal and hand bells, and an organist and pianist at St. Joseph Church in Bristol, CT since 1986. She has also been accompanist for recitals, auditions and other concerts. Jean is a piano and pipe organ instructor. She has been Music Director and pit musician for many musical productions, including Bristol Eastern High School and Central Connecticut State University. Jean has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, with piano, from UCONN. She also has a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and Master of Music degree from Hartt School of Music in CT.