The Barnstormers - A Male Chorus

70 Years of Singing Thus Far

The Barnstormers was founded in 1946 by G. Loring Burwell, a music teacher and choral director from Waterbury, CT, and 15 other men that loved to sing.  Why that name was chosen we do not know, although the meaning of barnstorming is "to travel from place to place making brief stops."  The first Barnstormer concerts were in Vermont and New Hampshire. The group originally had four concerts each year.  Due to the inclemency of northeastern winters, the winter concert was discontinued.

The Original Founding Members

This photo shows the 16 founding members of the Barnstormers. It was taken on July 17, 1949, in Manchester Center, Vermont.  Loring Burwell, the first director of the Barnstormers, is in the front row, center, wearing a suit.  

 

 

 

 

Directors of the Barnstormers

1947 – 1956        Loring Burwell

1957 - 1957         Bob Hudson

1958 – 1959         Fred Werner

1959 – 1962         Bob Hudson

1962 – 1973         Jeannette Brown

1973 – 1975             John Crosley

1975 – 1993             Frank Yeaw

1993 – 2006             Rod Mansfield

2007 – Present         Bill Davis

Accompanists of the Barnstormers

1947 – 1952         Frederick Werner

1953 – 1993         Olive Witham        

1994 – 2005         Jeannette Brown (Accompanist Emeritus)

2006 - 2006          Sally Stuart Mansfield 

2007 - Present      Joan Reppert                  

Presidents of the Barnstormers

1962 – 1965     Phil Houck

1966 – 1969     Chet Fell

1970 – 1971     Howard Whitham

1972 - 1973      Olive Whitham

1973 – 1979     Peter Jones

1980 – 1982     Will Reger

1983 – 1984     Don Brown

1984 – 1985     Bill St. John

1985 – 1987     Larry Brown

1988 – 1989     Bob Emerson

1990 – 1995     Stan Cottrell

1996 – 1999     Jack Stang

2000 – 2001     Gene Cushmann

2002 – 2007     Terry McKeown

2008 – 2011     Nelson Reppert

2012 - 2016      Terry McKeown

2017 – Present  Norm Lasda

Previous Concert Locations

Concert locations since 2000 click here

Concert locations from 1949 to 1999 click here