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This is a photograph of the barbershop quartet the Bensonians, an offshoot of the Fairfield University Glee Club. Pictured from left to right are Thomas J. Petrozziello ’74 of Garwood, New Jersey; William J. Kuhn ’75 from North Babylon, New York; Donald A. DiLorenzo ’74 from Waterbury, Connecticut; and Daniel G. Rowland ’74 from Lynbrook, New York.


Barbershop music – typified by unaccompanied four-part harmonies and ringing chords - is an American folk art. It grew up around the turn of the century, a time when popular songs were characterized by sentimental lyrics and uncomplicated melodies. Barbershoppers often got together singing improvised harmony at parties and picnics. It was a convenient way of making music, since it required no instruments. Over the years, the popularity of barbershop harmony has grown and its participants have changed. The barbershop harmony of today is a highly stylized art form requiring the same high degree of singing skill as other types of choral music. Now there are as many women's quartets as male quartets, and large choruses of anywhere from fifteen to a hundred people compete locally and also in international competitions. Image date is approximate.


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