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Twice each month a different Barbershop arranger will be featured, along with 3-4 of his/her recent works. One of them might be great for your chorus or quartet.

Joe Mannherz

Joe Mannherz has been singing since the age of 8, from boy soprano in his church choir to tenor in his high school and later college/barbershop choruses. He has the dubious honor to be able to brag about singing for two different Pope’s, on two separate occasions with two different ensembles.

Joe has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 40 years; a 30-year member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus; and a member of the Handel Choir and the Concert Artists of Maryland.

A front-line director for over 30 years, Joe has been the Musical Director of Harford County’s “Bay Country Gentlemen” and Harrisburg’s “Keystone Capital Chorus”. He is currently the Artistic/Musical director of his jazz quintet “High Five” and the “Baltimore Vocal Jazz Ensemble”. He has been a member of numerous quartets in the Mid Atlantic District, the most recent: “Escapade”. Along with arranging 4 part men's/women's songs and medleys from contest stage to swing, Joe specializes in mixed 5 to 9 part scores. Several well known and respected quartets/ensembles have recorded Joe’s arrangements: The Gas House Gang, Capri, Wheelhouse, Night Magic and the Q-tones, to name a few.

Along with Directing/arranging/coaching, he can add several stage appearances to his credit: A Funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, 1776 and Man of La Mancha, to name a few of the most recent. More information about Joe's arrangements can be found at

L.O.V.E. Medley: Contest-oriented for both men and women, this 4-part medley consists of "Love makes the world go 'round", "L.O.V.E.", and "This can't be love". Moderate to severe in difficulty, this fast-paced, get-up-and-go, foot-stompin' romp is suitable for both quartet and chorus but not for the "faint of heart"!

Dance Medley: Contest-oriented, available (currently) in the women's key, this piece is made up of Madonna's "Now I'm following you" (from Dick Tracy); "Heaven, I'm in heaven" and Irving Berlin's "The best things happen while you dance" made popular in the movie "White Christmas". Moderate difficulty; suitable for both quartet and chorus and available as "vocal" learning tapes from Tim Waurick's web site, this swinging song won't have the audience in their seats for long.

I Won't Cry Anymore: A nice romantic ballad made popular by Tony Bennett and written by the duo of Fred Wise and Al Frisch, this song is available in both men's and women's keys and could be used in contest by those who don't mind a passing major seventh now and then in the melody. It also lets the tenor shine with a few melodic lines towards the tag.

I Can't Get Started With You: A well-recognized hit by Frank Sinatra aficionados, this song is contestable in male and female keys and in two versions; Straight (no chaser as they say) and as a comedy parody (by Joe) bemusing the trials and tribulations of quartets as they prepare for the stage and their relationship(s), or lack thereof, with the judges.

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