Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus was formed in 1993 by an enthusiastic group of women who loved the different sound of barbershop harmony.
Several of these founding members still sing with the chorus. We share a love of singing and have a lot of fun learning and improving our craft.
We perform for community and private events and periodically stage shows and concerts. We run singing courses and as part of our commitment to sing and perform with excellence we regularly compete at the national women’s barbershop competition, hosted by Sweet Adelines NZ.
Barbershop singing was originally a male dominated craft born in the southern States of USA. These days approximately 30,000 women belong to barbershop choruses around the world, under the guidance of Sweet Adelines International.
Nelson Bays Harmony is one of 15 choruses in NZ who are affiliated to Sweet Adelines International, we have a wonderful network with a vast resource of sheet music, vocal training material and world class vocal coaches.
Our Director – Kathy Jamieson
Kathy originally sang with the Greater Auckland Chorus before moving to Nelson in 1996 and joining Nelson Bays Harmony. She sings tenor and has sung in three quartets: Hot Ash (2002 – 2007), Escapade (2009), and Offbeat (2011 – 2014).She brings a wealth of experience to the Chorus.
Assisted by two assistant directors and a large music team, Kathy teaches and directs the Chorus in barbershop singing, auditions new members and plans the chorus programme.