The Lincoln Continentals are a non-profit men’s chorus whose mission is to preserve an American art form: Barbershop Harmony. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for participants of all ages to sing together in harmony. We serve our community through performances, educational camps and clinics, and charitable giving in Lincoln and surrounding areas.
Founded in 1946, the Continentals are proud to be the Lincoln, NE chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The Continentals host a variety of performances each year, including their annual Spring and Christmas shows, singing valentines, sporting events, and church services.
Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a primarily homorhythmic (the same word sounds at the same time) texture. The melody is consistently sung by the lead (second tenor). The (first) tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the
chord. Barbershop harmony is rooted in African American traditions of the late 1800s in the South
Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS)
The Continentals are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (legally and historically named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), BHS is the first of several organizations to promote and preserve barbershop music as an art form. BHS has over 22,000 members across North America and affiliated men’s and women’s organizations in more than a dozen countries with the total number of active singers reaching more than 80,000 worldwide.