Conewango Clippers to perform Thursday in Scandia

The popular Conewango Clippers will present a “songfest” of vocal harmony at the Scandia Community Center at 7:30 on Thursday, September 19. The Annual Meeting of the Elk Township Historical Society will precede this program, beginning at 7 p.m.. The public is cordially invited to attend and light refreshments will be served.

The Conewango Clippers Chorus, under the direction of Floyd Moore, is the Warren County Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (now officially known as the Barbershop Harmony Society). SPEBSQSA originated in1938 when Tulsa, Okla. businessman Owen C. Cash and Rupert Hall, an acquaintance, happened to run into each other at the Kansas City airport. They discussed the slow decline in popularity of barbershop quartet singing over the past thirty years, and decided to do something about it. They invited fourteen friends to a “songfest” and soon between 75 and 150 men attended their weekly “songfest”.

SPEBSQSA was chosen as the official name of the organization in maybe-not-so-gentle mockery of President Franklin D Roosevelt administration’s method of identifying newly created agencies and government programs by their initials: Tennessee Valley Authority, Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration.

The local Conwango Clippers Chorus was founded in 1947, making it one of the oldest on-going chapters in the United States. 2013 marks their 66 anniversary (even though current members may or may not look or act that mature).

Recently, the Conewango Clippers has presented programs at the Red Ok Campgrounds, at the Scandia Covenant Church and at the 9-11 Service at Memorial Gardens in Starbrick. They frequently perform at local long term care facilities, such as the Cambridge, the Rouse and the Watson Home. On Valentine’s Day, one can request the group to serenade their love with a singing Valentine.

The present Conewango Clippers chorus is comprised of 10 -12 singers, who perform for the love of singing and the gratification they experience from making people happy!