The Barnstormers is a 4-part male choral group that has been thrilling audiences and spreading the joy of song for more than 70 years. The group gets together three times each year to perform concerts throughout New England, PA and NY. The music is a mixture of spirituals, gospels, and patriotic pieces.
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 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.
William C. Davis, is a native of Naugatuck, Connecticut and was Choral Director and Music Coordinator of the Naugatuck High School from 1973-2001. He led a program of five choral ensembles involving over 240 students. Mr. Davis has 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 has been a guest conductor at festivals in Portland, Durham, and Ellington, Connecticut, and at the C.M.E.A. Southern Region Music Festival. He was also a guest choral director at Laurel Music Camp for nine seasons and conducted the Heritage Singers in Southbury, Connecticut for fourteen years. Under the direction of Mr. Davis, the Naugatuck High School Chamber Singers performed extensively throughout New England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Quebec and Nova Scotia, Canada.
Since retiring in 2001, Mr. Davis has directed the Naugatuck Community Chorus (2001-2005). He currently leads a church choir in Keene, NH, and is the director of the Keene Chorale.
|Joan Reppert is a piano teacher with a studio of 23 children and adults; and as a composer, has four choral pieces that have been published. Her song “Put Your Arms Around the World” has been published by Global Praise, the music arm of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Joan has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Mansfield University and a Masters in Religious Studies from Mundelein College in Chicago.|
Since 1992, she has been writing songs for children that have been used in an ecumenical setting for children in Tully, NY.
A warm invitation is extended to men that love to sing to join our wonderful group. Come and rehearse with us 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.