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  AUTUMN SERENADE  
               
   
    front: Roger Bosmoe
back l to r: Curt Larson, Duane Hall, Mark Bergland
   
         
 

Autumn Serenade, has been registered with the Barbershop Harmony Society for 5 years. Its beginning can be traced back to the formation of the Faculty Forum 20 years ago when four University of Wisconsin-River Falls faculty members performed in “The Music Man” at the St. Croix Valley Summer Theater.

Since that time, a number of personnel changes have occurred and the name Autumn Serenade has been adopted. Presently, two of the original members are singing in the quartet - the lead, Curt Larson, retired Physics Professor, and the baritone, Mark Bergland, Biology Professor. They are joined by Roger Bosmoe, retired Forest Lake Postmaster who sings tenor and Duane Hall, retired 3M Health Physicist who sings bass. All are members of the Croix Chordsmen Chorus.

Contact person: Curt Larson; phone: 715-425-5130 or email curtiss.o.larson@uwrf.edu

 
               
  SUMMERTIME  
     
   
  l to r: Duane Schuh, Cliff Turnbull, Loren Paulson, Dale Schueffner  
     
 

SummerTime, an A Capella Quartet, was formed in the fall of 2007. They have performed for various civic, church, corporate and seasonal events, including the Minneapolis Christmas Market, Como Park Centennial Celebration, and Chippewa Falls HOVER Fest for Veterans, and have opened for a national entertainment group. SummerTime routinely performs in the Croix Chordsmen Chorus Annual Spring and Christmas shows. They have also provided music for weddings/receptions, church services, and St. Paul Saints games.

Their repertoire includes new and traditional music, fun songs, and tags sung in traditional barbershop harmony. They are available for weddings, Christmas parties, Care Center events, backyard parties, funerals, corporate events (office parties, sales meetings, celebrations), singing Mothers Day Cards and Christmas Cards, Baby Showers, etc.

Members include Duane Schuh - Tenor, Cliff Turnbull as Lead, Loren Paulson singing Bass, and Dale Schueffner at Baritone.

Contact: Cliff Turnbull, 651-402-8271, cliff8t@gmail.com, or https://www.facebook.com/SummerTimeQuartet

 
     
  M & D HARMONY  
     
   
  l to r: Michael Franssen, Steve Plocher, Don Klassen, Mac Barlass  
 

M&D Harmony Quartet is a registered quartet of the Barbershop Harmony Society of America.

This quartet was first organized in 2006 when 4 members of the Croix Chordsmen Chorus of Stillwater, MN decided to get together to sing Valentine serenades. This is an annual activity of the Chorus. Since then the M&D Harmony Quartet assembles every year for those special surprise “Singing Valentine” presentations but it hasn’t retained the same four original fellas. Sustaining a quartet requires frequent rehearsals to polish the music and learn new songs. They are constantly challenged by colds, laryngitis, vacations, jobs, family priorities, and travel limitations. When one member leaves for whatever reason, finding a new singer who is a good fit is not easy. All 4 voices need to match to make the most of A Cappella singing.

The current quartet has been together since January 2015. They have performed over 100 “Singing Valentines”, have taken a Quartet Training Workshop, studied under 3 difference coaches, participated in a regional contest and are participating as a strolling quartet for several events in the St. Croix Valley this summer.

Members of the Quartet:

Lead - Michael Franssen from Chisago City MN. Mike has been a frequent soloist with the Croix Chordsmen, and is also a member of the Minneapolis based Great Northern Union Chorus which currently holds the rank of #3 in world competition. Mike works for The Pioneer Press distribution department.

Bass - Don Klassen from Lake Elmo is also active in the German American Institute Men’s chorus. Don likes to spend his spare time as a small time farmer and lumberjack. He is a retired 3M Chemist.

Tenor - Mac Barlass from Stillwater is the old guy in the group and has logged 53 years as a member of their Barbershop Singing Society. Mac is a retired County Extension Agent and is now active as a Professional Auctioneer.

Baritone - Steve Plocher from Woodbury is the youngest member of the group.  Steve is retired and previously had two careers.  First as a clinical psychologist and more recently as a project manager on software development projects.  Hobbies include woodworking and photography.  He is currently the Board Secretary of the Croix Chordsmen.

The M&D Quartet sings mostly Barbershop arrangements, but is constantly adding new songs to their repertoire to match the ages of the listeners of our music.

Contact: Don Klassen 651-245-1576 Email djklassen5@comcast.net

 
     
  RIVERCHASE  
     
   
  l to r: Brian Schultz, Judd Orff, Chuck Brictson, Ron Bullard  
 

Riverchase was formed in 2014 as a quartet that enjoyed singing together and want to convey that to our audiences.

BASS– Chuck Brictson has over 46 years with the barbershop society. He has sung in many quartets. He is most proud of his Norwegian heritage.

LEAD – Judd Orff has also belonged to the barbershop society for 46 years. He has sung in many other quartets. He is also a Norwegian. Well maybe only half.

TENOR – Brian Schultz is a professor at the UW River Falls. He is enjoying his 1 st registered quartet experience after 16 years in the barbershop society. He has NO Norwegian heritage.

BARITONE – Ron Bullard has quartet experience and has been a society member for 11 years. Ron also has no Norwegian heritage. Well Two Norwegians out of four works for Riverchase.

They enjoy singing four part harmony and entertaining audiences large or small. Enjoy the four part harmony music and corny jokes.

Contact: Judd Orff, 651-262-9843, or juddorff3108@msn.com

 
 
CHARIOT
 
 
 

Chariot Quartet is a registered quartet in the Barbershop Harmony Society. In 2011 Chariot won the novice quartet championship at the 10,000 Land of Lakes Division contest. Chariot Quartet provides gospel barbershop music for local churches in their area. They also sing for local civic groups and are a featured chapter quartet on the fall show of the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus in Polk County WI.

Left to right in photo:

Harley Schaffer sings tenor. Harley is a semi-retired truck driver. Harley is a member of the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus in Polk County WI.

Clint Gjerde sings Lead. Clint is a retired art teacher from the Amery, WI school district. Clint also sings with the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus in Polk County WI and his church choir.

Dan Valentine sings bass. Dan is a healthcare administrator in Luck WI. Dan sings with both the Croix Chordsmen Chorus and the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus.

Larry Fisk sings baritone. Larry works in accounting with a firm in Hertel WI. Larry is a member of the Indianhead Barbershop Chorus in Polk County WI, sings with the Bright Nights barbershop quartet and organist for his church.

Contact: Larry Fisk,715-327-8091, or larryfisk@centurytel.net

 
 
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