Fort Wayne’s Summit City Chorus finished first among all other Indiana based units at the recent district competition of the International Barbershop Harmony Society. The 20-man unit, directed by local musician Patrick Garmire, outscored choruses from South Bend, Muncie and Terra Haute.
Competing in the Cardinal District which also includes choruses from the state of Kentucky, Summit City was eager to win the district title and qualify for international competition next July in Nashville, Tennessee. That honor, however, was earned by a chorus from Louisville, Kentucky.
“Being the highest ranked chorus in Indiana was a great achievement,” Garmire says. “But we will continue to strive for international competition in 2016.”
The chorus will be performing at the Fort Wayne Komets game on December 19 and again at its annual dinner show on May 1 at Cerutis Reception Hall on Ludwig Road.
First chartered in 1944, the Summit City Barbershop Chorus is the original Fort Wayne Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The Chorus performs at events such as the Three Rivers Festival and several professional athletic events throughout the city. The chorus also supports many non-profit groups by providing entertainment to help generate support for their respective groups. The chorus’s members include men of all ages and from all professions and walks of life. Photos are attached.