The North Shore Harmonizers

A Women’s Barbershop Chorus

We are a women’s chorus dedicated to the art of singing four-part a cappella harmony. Our members include Chicagoland women from all walks of life with a variety of musical backgrounds. We are a community chorus dedicated to spreading the joy of singing and music to our family, friends and neighbors. Established in 1952, we’ve been singing ever since, with new members, of course!

Some of our community activities include

  • A major show featuring our chorus and small ensembles that is open to the public

  • Performances for senior citizens and other community groups throughout the year
  • Programs and caroling during the holiday season

  • Community farmers’ markets during the summer

History

The North Shore Harmonizers is one of the longest standing traditions of the North Shore. Founded at the Wilmette Women’s Club over 60 years ago by Evelyn Frisby, the Harmonizers have, over the years, been affiliated with the Wilmette Park District and are now an independent Women’s a cappella Barbershop Chorus. We sing for fun, civic functions and for charity.

In the same year as our founding in 1952, the Harmonizers were invited by the Wilmette Park District to host a Barbershop Harmony Festival Night at the Wilmette Bowl’s Starlight Theatre, and we continued to be a part of this tradition for 50 years.

In addition to producing our own shows, highlights of the Harmonizers include being featured at the Chicago Civic Opera House; performing at Chicago World Garden Shows; appearing at Ravinia; performing at the State of Illinois Building downtown Chicago; appearing several times a year at various historic and civic festivals in Long Grove, Illinois; caroling at Christmas time; and performing at many nursing and retirement homes throughout the years.

We love to sing and to bring joy to other people through our songs. Barbershop harmony has now evolved to the point that more contemporary songs are regularly included in the barbershop repertoire, and the Harmonizers make a point of singing old standards along with contemporary music to please our audiences.

Our current director, Alice Lane, has been our leader and inspiration since 1991. Prior to 1991 our directors included: Bob Haeger, Earl Baumgarten, Dick Savane, Tom McCracken, Dan Ryan, Dick Gallagher and Frank Fabian.

In addition to producing our own shows, highlights of the Harmonizers include being featured at the Chicago Civic Opera House; performing at Chicago World Garden Shows; appearing at Ravinia; performing at the State of Illinois Building downtown Chicago; appearing several times a year at various historic and civic festivals in Long Grove, Illinois; caroling at Christmas time; and performing at many nursing and retirement homes throughout the years.

We love to sing and to bring joy to other people through our songs. Barbershop harmony has now evolved to the point that more contemporary songs are regularly included in the barbershop repertoire, and the Harmonizers make a point of singing old standards along with contemporary music to please our audiences.

Our current director, Alice Lane, has been our leader and inspiration since 1991. Prior to 1991 our directors included: Bob Haeger, Earl Baumgarten, Dick Savane, Tom McCracken, Dan Ryan, Dick Gallagher and Frank Fabian.

About the Director

Alice Lane was an active member of the North Shore Harmonizers for four years before becoming our director in 1991. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and has recently “retired” from her 20 year stint as Music Director/Organist for the Lake Street Church of Evanston. She sang baritone with the “4 On A Chord” barbershop quartet for over 20 years and continues to maintain an active piano studio in her home. Her years of experience as a professional teacher, director and performer keep us focused on our goal of producing music of the highest quality.

Alice and her husband, Paul, make their home in Evanston, and have three sons and six grandchildren.