Choir Celebrates Major Milestone

They are looking to add to their flock.

By Sabrina Ahmed | iasahmed@weareiowa.com

Published 09/29 2016 10:05PM

Updated 09/29 2016 10:05PM

Any given Thursday night, walking the shops of Merle Hay Mall, you could hear a familiar tune or two.  It's not the elevator music, it's the Harmony Central Chorus.
"We've had some members that were out there heard us singing and they joined out chorus," Lucile Summy said. 
This is an all womens Barbershop Chorus, meaning a four part harmony with dozens of singers.
"It's perfect harmony that w're working to achieve."
It's a kind of music Lucille Summy has loved for decades, 52 years to be exact.  That makes the 60th anniversary extra special for her.  
Sixty women, young and old. Directed by Nathan Green.  He's a charismatic barbershop singer himself. 
"To me, it's the most natural art form there is," Green said. 
These women are lifers.  Meara Moore grew up watching her mom sing in the group.  
"I would always go in and listen to her and I loved the music and I wanted to be just like that," Moore said. 
And now, at 19 years old, she's the youngest member of the group.
"When you really get into the music it's just pure bliss," Moore said.
Lucile said she's not going anywhere either. 
But the whole group is looking to grow.  They need more singers, like Meara Moore, who will keep the choir going another 60 years.  
" I want them to have the joy that I've had singing for all of these years," Summy said. 
The concert is Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 pm.  It will be at Hoyt Sherman Place. For more information, click here.

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