Sing a song. Sing out loud. Sing out strong.
The Old Line Statesmen is a Westminster-based barbershop chorus that performs for local groups — health care centers, churches, civic groups, retirement communities and for birthdays, anniversary celebrations, and just about any other special occasion.
We make people happy.
As we sing, we watch faces light up with joy, we hear voices join with us to sing along, we hear people laugh.
The Old Line Statesmen is a growing, thriving, quality a cappella singing organization — recognized as such by The Carroll County Arts Council and by those who hear us sing.
Our mission is to provide our audiences with entertaining performances that are diverse in content, yet rooted in the tradition of four-part barbershop harmony. Our performances provide audiences, members and prospective members with a source of enrichment, fun and fellowship by incorporating the qualities of humor, showmanship, variety, community involvement and audience participation.
Barbershop harmony is brotherhood. Men from all over the world, all walks of life and all ages can come together and share in this truly American art form and find common ground through self-expression in song. The Old Line Statesmen has singers as young as 12, and some well into their 80s.
Barbershop harmony is a way of life. Perfecting this musical art form takes commitment. When done well, our music reaches audiences on a personal level. You will experience personal growth, build self-confidence and create lasting memories as you work to sing with others, performing for a variety of audiences, from large concerts to intimate Singing Valentines.
Barbershop harmony is music in a very pure form created with nothing but human voices coming together to produce a rich and satisfying texture that is pleasing to the ears and invigorating to the soul. This began as men passed time at their barbershop singing spirituals, folk songs and popular songs. This generated a new style, consisting of unaccompanied, four-part, close-harmony singing. Barbershop singing originated in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. This tradition and joy lives on today in Carroll County and all over the world.
The Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus embodies all of the above. Come on out for a visit and see if this is something you would enjoy. There are no auditions, only a warm welcome. If you like to sing and enjoy good camaraderie, we think you will have a great time.
Come hear us. Or better yet — come sing with us! We meet and practice at 7:30 every Monday evening at Carroll Lutheran Village in the Krug Chapel. But it’s best if you call first (410-795-5050) — we might be out in the community, singing to our heart's content, and the audience’s joy. Our web site is www.oldlinestatesmen.org. Look for us on Facebook by searching for the Old Line Statesmen.
Dean Carroll is the vice-president of marketing and public relations, and a bass, for the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus.