San Francisco has a vibrant choral community. We wanted barbershop to be a part of it.
The Fog City Singers are a men's vocal ensemble in San Francisco founded in Fall 2015. We like barbershop—we recently finished 7th at the 2018 Int'l Barbershop Chorus Contest—but we love choral and contemporary a cappella music too.
Our mission is to create a close fraternity of musicians; to apply diverse, world-class resources to our art; and to revolutionize how barbershop music is performed and appreciated.
The Fog City Singers were founded in October 2015 by six members of the Bay Area choral and barbershop communities. They had a simple question: what would happen if barbershop music were infused with influences from San Francisco’s rich musical tapestry? Specifically, what might Barbershop have to gain from the diverse music singing all around the city? Likewise, what might others learn from the techniques and traditions that barbershoppers cultivate in that unique American art form?
To explore these ideas, our founders invited 25 of the best singers they knew to memorize four songs at home, attend three rehearsals, then perform a friends-and-family concert immediately following the third meeting. In the end, we were pleased to discover that this was a winning strategy. The music gelled instantly, and the sound we produced was one that none of us had expected. For some of us, we were moved to unabashed squeals of excitement.
Nearly 100 people attended our debut concert on November 7th, and thousands more have watched our concert video on social media since then
We rehearse in San Francisco on select Monday nights and Saturdays at one of:
Want to spend a rehearsal with us? Come visit! See our calendar on our home page for exact rehearsal dates and locations.
We value diverse musical backgrounds. We value virtuosity. We value humility. We take our music-making seriously, but we never take ourselves seriously.
If you're an experienced singer interested in singing with us—for just one set or forever!—you can audition at the beginning of our next concert set.