Our History

Buckeye Chapter, Inc. was chartered in 1950 by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The Society is now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). Since then, the chorus has entertained audiences all over Ohio and in many other states and countries.


Over the last seven decades, the Singing Buckeyes have represented the Johnny Appleseed District at the International Contest 17 times finishing in the top ten six times and as high as 7th in the world.   We have traveled throughout the country to Indianapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Nashville, Miami, Denver, Anaheim, and Salt Lake City to name a few.  We have won 11 District chorus championships and are the only chapter in the district to win the contest in every decade it has been held.  


Many of the members of the Buckeye Chorus participate in registered quartets as well as sing with the chorus. Seven of the chapter's quartets have won the Johnny Appleseed District Quartet Championship. One of these, Joker's Wild, was crowned International Champions in the 1994 International Quartet Competition in Pittsburgh, PA. When the chorus performs, one or more of these quartets are usually called on to sing, adding extra spice to the program.


The Singing Buckeyes also look for ways to bring this wonderful American artform to other parts of the world.  We traveled to Russia for a 10 day tour bringing Barbershop to St. Petersburg and Moscow.   


The Buckeye Chorus strives to provide excellent entertainment for audiences by blending true barbershop sound with lively stage presence and appealing routines. In addition to our annual Spring and Christmas shows, the Buckeyes perform throughout the year at both public and private engagements in theaters, parks, churches, shopping malls and other locations throughout Central Ohio and the state.