Prospective Member Page

Prospective members, welcome...
    SINGERS WANTED  The Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus is a singing organization for men, so before you are invited to join us, we need to know - can you sing? We have singers at many levels of talent, but everyone must know basically how to sing. Can you sing without accompaniment, hold a note for a few seconds, sing a scale, and match a pitch?
     WHEN DO YOU START SINGING?  Interested visitors are welcome to sit in with us any Monday night. You will get a guest book that contains all of our current music. Unless you have prior Barbershop experience or are sure of which part you want to sing, we recommend you begin with the Lead section (melody).
     SCHEDULING YOUR TRYOUT  Very few singers fail their tryout. So if you are really interested in singing with theArlingtones after one or two visits, we will schedule an easy voice evaluation for you.This will provide our director with the information needed to grade your singing skills and to help place you in the best voice section for starters.
          The Bass is the foundation of the Barbershop chord.  It requires vocal strength and range to hit the lower notes.
          The Baritone is middle range and mostly harmony notes.It is considered the most difficult and important part to a 4 part Barbershop chord.
         The Lead is also a middle range part which provides the melody. Many singers begin as leads but later move to another section more suitable to their voice and range.
         The Tenor is the highest voice and completes the classic 4 part harmony of a Barbershop song. Most tenors sing in a falsetto voice and must have a good ear to keep the pitch in tune.
     JOINING THE ARLINGTONES  After you’ve passed your tryout, you are eligible to join when you’re ready. At your request, you’ll receive the forms needed to apply for membership.Good Luck. 

       The Arlingtones sing and have a good time doing it,-                              (Click links below for samples)

- at our Monday night rehearsals. No three hours of standing. The Arlingtones stand when we need to and sit when we can. A  novel approach. The brain learns better when the body is not exhausted.

Typical rehearsal night.

- with our music, no musical rut here. Stout Hearted Men, Honey Little Liza, There is Nothing Like a Dame,….
- during rehearsal with quartet singing by a pick up or chapter quartet. Anyone can participate.
- after rehearsal. A little coke, a beer, some pop corn and, would you believe it, a song or two? No one rushes to go home.  We enjoy each others company

See typical rehearsal night

- doing chorus gigs. Libraries, basketball games, civic events, etc.  

National anthem, UIC Pavillion, Chicago.

- with our chapter quartets. We have three chapter quartets that sing throughout the Northwest Suburbs and others that sing on our Fall Show or just for the fun of it.

Various quartets.

- delivering singing Valentines. There is nothing like delivering a rose and a song to someone’s sweetheart in front of their fellow office workers.
- putting on our Fall Show. Everyone is involved.

Lots of work for everyone, but a great night.

- and enjoy singing and learning under our director, Roger Turek, who knows how to get the best performance out of our group with out beating us to death.

Our director, Roger Turek

- because we are actively involved in the community in which we sing. We have performed at the Walter Payton Run for Cancer Research, (one of our members actually ran in the race, most of us were content to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the starting line.), The Chef’s Fest at Arlington Park. The Northewest Sububurban Special Education District ‘s annual Christmas party, various retirement homes, etc.

See an example of our Living in Harmony program performed a Luther Village in Arlington Heights.

Are you interested? Please contact John Kent, Membership VP, at 773-259-0838or Email him at Are you convinced?  Please join us at our next rehearsal.

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This is a very brief overview. We hope it has answered some of your questions. There are many more aspects to be discussed. We have learning CD's for all our music. We put on a fall show which is a cabaret style show, we deliver singing Valentine's, we have an annual formal dance, etc. All this you can see on the previous pages. 
Mostly we have fun with a tremendous bunch of guys. And that is what it is all about.
Send this Email to our membership chairman, John Kent,and he will get back to you to anwer any questions you might have.