Rising is an all-male barbershop chorus consisting of approximately
30 men. It was chartered in 1955 as a chapter of the Society
for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet
Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA). As such, it is part of
the largest non-profit men’s singing group in America
with over 34,000 members. It is the only men’s chorus
of this type in Little Rock. A
history of the Chaper through 1996 may read by clicking here.
appearing principally in the greater Little Rock area, the
chorus membership is made up of members from as far away as
Clarksville, Ark., and has a good representation from the
surrounding areas of Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Sherwood, Jacksonville,
Maumelle, Russellville, and North Little Rock. Its diversity
is one of its strong points with the ages of its members ranging
from the 20s through the 80s...with vocations varying from
doctors and lawyers to accountants and mechanics...from hospital
workers to social workers...from corporate executives to retirees.
chorus is devoted to singing America’s unique barbershop
style of music that originated in the early 1900’s when,
for entertainment, men congregated in barbershops or on street
corners to sing in close harmony. Its repertoire covers the
classic songs of the early 1900’s as well as many modern
compositions. From patriotic numbers to religious songs, from
love songs to comedic songs, from up tunes to ballads, its
repertoire is sure to include something to please any ear.
chorus performs for many civic and charitable functions throughout
the greater Little Rock metropolitan area. Its primary source
of financial support is through annual dues, an annual show,
singing valentines, and corporate sponsors.
Chorus rehearses each Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. until
10:00 p.m. at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1402 Kiehl Ave,
Sherwood, AR 72120 (directions are on our home page).
if you like to sing and want to be part of an award winning,
friendly singing group, call (501) 791-SING (7464) for more
information or contact Dick