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Barbershop harmony show salutes America


Two choruses, three quartets perform in Pitchpipers' 47th annual show Feb. 16 in Canby

Seventy-five years of barbershop harmony in the world and America, and more than 100 years of music directorship spanning three generations will be celebrated on one day in two big shows coming up in Canby.

The Oregon Trail Pitchpipers Barbershop Chorus will present “Celebrate Harmony,” its 47th annual show, Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts in Canby, 721 S.W. Fourth Awve. (at Canby High School).

The show includes the Pitchpipers, chartered in the Northwest more than 48 years ago; the 2012 district quartet champions Time After Time; the Region 24 Sweet Adelines champion women’s quartet Sound Wave; the Tonsorial Four men’s quartet; and the Cascade Harmony Chorus, the 2011 Regional 24 champion women’s chorus.

“Two choruses and three great quartets will continue our legacy of shows that support our communities and are consistently rated outstanding,” says 2013 show chairman Bob Cavanaugh, who also is celebrating 20 continuous years of planning Pitchpiper regional shows.

The Pitchpipers include three generations of the Mitts family — Nathan Mitts of Newberg, his son Caric Mitts and grandson Jordan Mitts — whose experience in music arranging, critiquing and fine arts directorship for the chorus totals nearly 90 years.

Proceeds from the event will support the women’s championship chorus Cascade Harmony Chorus (for travel expenses to the national level competition) and the Oregon Trail Pitchpipers outreach support for regional fine arts music programs in schools.

For more information and reservations, call Nathan Mitts at 503-538-4335 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..