AHSOW is an Affiliate of the Barbershop Harmony Society

The Ancient Harmonious Society of Woodshedders (AHSOW) was formed in 1977 with its purpose to preserve the skill of woodshedding as an art form within the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA).

"Woodshedding" is defined as the act of three men creating Barbershop harmonies "by ear" to a given melodic line sung by a fourth man. The melody should not have a well-known arrangement, and it is ideally not well-known by the three harmonizers before the melody-singer introduces it to them. This art hearkens back to over a century ago, to the origins of barbershop quartet singing, where four men would gather (frequently at the local barber shop) and harmonize to the familiar tunes of the day.

Today, more than 1,300 AHSOW members have demonstrated their proficiency at discovering and creating harmonies by ear in Barbershop quartets. The AHSOW Officers and every AHSOW member stand ready to welcome all barbershop singers who wish to participate in this fulfilling activity. 

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LiveWire brings you a quick read of current and upcoming activities and programs of the Barbershop Harmony Society. We hope you’ll share this information with your chapter, quartet and district to help all Barbershoppers get the most from the barbershop hobby. 

Read LiveWire on the web at www.barbershop.org/livewire.

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