Formed in 1959 as the Reseda Chapter, changing names in 1969 to the San Fernando Valley Chapter when membership expanded to include all communities in the Valley. It is now past the half-century mark for continuous operation in the valley, celebrating 50 years of harmony in 2009.
The Valley Harmony Singers currently have over 40 members, with most actively participating all year. The men, who range in age from under 30 to over 80, come from varied trades and professions. They are brought together by their love of 4-part harmony, the musical style, and a strong sense of camaraderie that creates a warm bonding relationship with one another. The chorus is led by Master Music Director, Laura Pallas.
The chapter is one of several hundred belonging to the Barbershop Harmony Society, spread throughout North America and several European countries. The Society was formed in 1938 to perpetuate one of the very few uniquely-American musical art forms, four-part a cappella barbershop harmony.
The Valley Harmony Singers Barbershop Chorus is a 14-time Champion of the Southern California Southwest Division. It ranks as one of the top competitive choruses in the strong Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and is considered to be one of the top barbershop choruses internationally. In 1986, the Valley Harmony Singers became the first Los Angeles area chorus to win the Far Western District title, and earned the right to represent the District in International Competition in Hartford, CT, where the chorus was judged ninth best in the world.