Clipper City Chordsmen -
The Manitowoc Chapter is the home of the world-famous International Champions Schmitt Brothers Quartet, and features an outstanding barbershop chorus and several talented and entertaining chapter quartets. Join us at our rehearsals or contact us if you are looking for group to entertain at your next function.
Learn more about the origins of barbershop-style music.
Performing Chorus Name
Clipper City Chordsmen
Manitowoc County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Inc.
The Chordsmen are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Inc., with 30,000 members in 800 chapters with over 2,000 registered quartets. We are affiliated with the Society's Land O' Lakes District (LO'L) and part of the Packerland Division. Read more about LO'L events and information in the district's publication, The Pitch Piper.
The Clipper City Chordsmen Chorus is an ever-growing, well-respected brotherhood of men who love to perform a cappella music in the barbershop style, preserving the heritage of the barbershop quartet. The Chordsmen strive to improve the quality of life for our members and our community through music education programs and family-friendly musical entertainment.
The Chordsmen Chapter was established in March of 1945. The founder of the chapter was O.H. "King" Cole, a former Kingsbury Brewery Executive. Milt Detjen was the first director.
A Touch of Harmony
• Annual participants in the Packerland Division Chorus and Quartet Competition each May.
• Annual Spring Show
• Annual Christmas Show
• Annual Awards Banquet in January
• Annual "Singing Valentines"
• Annual participants in the Memorial Day and Flag Day Services
• Annual performances each summer for Manitowoc's Metro Stage, Two River's "Music Under the Stars" and Mishicot's "MAGIC" concerts at the Old School
• Annual visitations/performances at area Nursing Homes and Holy Family Convent
• Perform with other choruses for special events
• Perform for Business, Fraternal, and Social Organizations upon request
For more information
Entertainment Requests: call 920-973-SING (7464)
Visitors: Contact either Roger Gottschalk or Alan Boeldt, or any smiling Barbershopper.
Chapter donates time and money to deserving organizations and charities. Through Harmony Foundation, the Society's charity, grants are awarded to support vocal musical education in schools and communities.
Board of Directors
President - Jim Rasmus
Immediate Past President - Ron Krupski
Secretary/Treasurer - Bob Brey
VP Music and Performance - Bruce Schlei
VP Marketing/Public Relations - Don Lewellen
VP Membership and VP Chapter Development - Anthony Schreiter
Board Members at Large - Randy Detjen, Steve Giebel, Ken Gottschalk
Music Director - David Buss
Asst. Music Director - Roger Gottschalk
Asst. Music Director - Bruce Schlei
Chapter Manager -Terry Guay
Youth in Harmony Coordinator - Roger Gottschalk
House Chair - Ron Krupski
Uniform Chair - Bruce Beyer
Librarian - Tim Steffen
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