Harbor Sounds Chorus
Harbor Sounds Chorus, located in Auburn, MI, is a non-profit a cappella choir open to singers of all genders, ethnicities, ages, and musical backgrounds. Founded on Sept. 29, 1940, this choir serves as the Saginaw-Bay Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and frequently sings throughout Michigan's Tri-Cities area with performances in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, Auburn, and Freeland. We enjoy collaborating with the Sweet Adelines and other local choirs near us! A normal music calendar for this choir includes a competition in the fall, an annual show, and several community performances in the Great Bay Lakes Region (including singing the national anthem at Dow Diamond)! We currently rehearse from 7 pm - 9 pm every Wednesday at Bay City Western High School, 500 W Midland Rd. Auburn, MI 48611.
Until 2018, BHS was an exclusively all-male organization and Harbor Sounds was limited to male members. In June 2018, BHS opened its doors to members of all genders through the Everyone In Harmony campaign and Harbor Sounds responded. We are proud to say that all genders are now welcome to join and sing with us! We currently sing TTBB music, but plan to transition to SATB as our membership allows. The current vocal ranges for our parts are shown below.
Meet Our Director
Zach Rolfs is a lifelong musician and has been our director since July, 2023. He grew up in St. Paul, MN, where he started playing piano at age 5 and cello at age 9. After his experiences in MN All-State Choir, he's been addicted to vocal music. Zach took private voice lessons for several years under Karen Wilkerson and James Mckeel and studied music and chemistry at St. Olaf College.
Zach has been singing barbershop for over a decade, most notably in:
Midwest Vocal Express, where he competed on the international stage
Chord-tastrophe Quartet, which was a top 5 quartet in the Land O' Lakes district
Zach holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moved to Midland, MI to work at Dow. When not directing our chorus or singing in a quartet, he enjoys spending time with his wife Hannah and daughter Claire.
Harbor Sounds has a history of musical excellence. Above is a picture of us winning the Pioneer District Plateau in Lansing, MI back in 2003.
In 2004, Bay City recognized our efforts and established a Barbershop and Community Harmony Week!