We take our craft seriously and enjoy working hard and continually improving, while making time for quartetting and other fun activities. Each rehearsal runs the gamut from highly focused performance rehearsal to informal tag (the ends of songs) and quartet singing.
An important part of our Mission is Youth Outreach, and each year we introduce deserving high school youth to our unique hobby by sponsoring the one day Metrowest Youth Harmony Festival and, along with other barbershop groups in the area, the three day Harmony eXtreme Camp Northeast.
The Sounds of Concord (or simply 'SOC') performs at civic and private functions all around the Boston area. We've sung at anniversaries, birthdays and block parties, larger scale events such as local business, town and church functions, and even big industry conventions. Our Christmas caroling, special Singing Valentines and Annual Show are seasonal specialties. SOC also entertains senior citizens and hospital patients at facilities around the area.
SOC is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, (formerly known as SPEBSQSA, Inc.) Our members come from all walks of life, but along with over 28,000 other barbershoppers, they share a passion for fellowship, making good music together and entertaining audiences. SOC rehearses every Thursday evening at 7:30 at Temple Emunah in Lexington, Mass., and guests are always welcome (see our Rehearsals page for more information).
In addition to our many performances, SOC regularly competes against other barbershop choruses at fun local and regional conventions. We have competed eight times at the International level after winning first place honors at the District contest. In summer 2012 we will make our 9th International appearance as we were named Northeastern District champions in October 2011!
SOC is a also member of the Bedford, Concord and Lexington (MA) Chambers of Commerce.