Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summertime Fun!

We are smack dab in the middle of our busy season! Our annual show in April kicked off the time of year when we do most of our public performances from church Sermon-In-Song sing-outs do community performances around town. Here is just a small sample of what we've been up to so far:

Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus performing in
front of Grandon Civic Center in downtown Sterling, IL.
On June 27th we had the pleasure to sing as the pre-concert music for the Sterling Municipal Band at Grandon Civic Center in downtown Sterling, IL. This year the band is celebrating their 90th anniversary and as a part of that celebration they are bringing in musical groups from the surrounding communities to perform their music and share their talents. We are proud to be one of those chosen groups and pleased that we were able to help the band celebrate 90 years of musical tradition!

Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus under the direction of Music Director Tim Pashon.
We are helping to celebrate a lot of anniversaries this year! In addition to performing for the Sterling Municipal Band, we were pleased to help the First Congregational-UCC of Lee Center commemorate their 175th Anniversary. What an amazing achievement!
Above: RRVBC performing for the First Congregational-
UCC of Lee Center 175th Anniversary celebration.
This church has such a rich history and it was wonderful to be able to walk around and see the exhibits showing the amazing people and events from the last 175 years.
Left: Lost in the Woods, our newest quartet, singing Darkness on the Delta.




Greenridge Musical Kaper singing
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Spontaneous Combustion performing
Muskrat Ramble

Occasionally we are able to get some quartets from within our chorus involved in our appearances. This time we had the joy of hearing three quartets add their own talents to the depth of our performance!



We had never performed there before so we were incredibly surprised and excited to see all the friends of our chorus that are a part of this church! The audience was wonderful and we can't wait to come back and sing for them again!

Throughout the summer we will continue to be active through our Sermon-In-Song performances at various churches throughout the area. These sing-outs include a plethora gospel songs as well as a message presented by chorus member Jim Brotheridge that will make you laugh and cry and feel warmth in your soul.
Jim Brotheridge during one of his very
memorable Sermon-In-Song messages.


RRVBC under the direction of
Associate Director Kevin O'Keefe
We have had so much fun singing for the groups we have already visited and we can't wait to share our message with the people we have yet to meet!



We have had such a busy summer so far and we look forward to the performances yet to come! Please check out our calendar for future performances. If you are a man who enjoys singing, come on out to one of our rehearsals in Rock Falls, IL. Check out our Come Join Us page for more details. You can fill out the form or just show up. Whether you come and join us for a rehearsal or see us at a performance, we can't wait to meet you!



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Come join us for our 67th Annual Show!!!




The Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus’ 67 th Annual Show “Songs Around
the Camp Fire” will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Centennial Auditorium at Sterling
High School, Sterling, Illinois. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. Join the Chorus for an entertaining
afternoon of songs, laughs “barbershop-style”.

Our special guest The Committee is composed of four powerhouse voices. The Committee is a
barbershop quartet that loves to perform for audiences, large and small. Formed in 2011, The
Committee after multiple Top-Five finishes in competition on the Illinois District contest stage
became the 2016 Illinois District Champions. The quartet has also represented the district at the
Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2014 and 2017 International Contests both in Las Vegas.
While the sound of the quartet keeps all four members excited to sing, it is the camaraderie,
fraternity and laughter that makes rehearsals fly by-sometimes with more laughter than song. The
memorable sound of The Committee comes from the unique talent and experience that each
member brings to the quartet.

 Please enjoy the big sound and the variety of musical genres that the group sings.
Tickets for the show are on sale now. Adults - $15; Seniors 62 and over - $12; Students - Free
(with School ID). Tickets may be purchased at Community State Bank locations in Sterling,
Morrison and Rock Falls; Select Employees Credit Union; First State Bank in Polo; from any
Barbershop Chorus Member; or by calling 847-922- 7267 or 815-990- 1931. Tickets will also be
available at the door.

For additional information about the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus, follow us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/RRVBarbershoppers.

Getting ready for the show!

Our annual show is coming up next weekend (April 28th) and we are having so much fun getting ready for it! We're putting some finishing touches on our songs, our quartets are are giving us previews of what they are singing, and we're working on some very funny skits. Even our directors are getting in on the fun!






















Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Come join us for our 66th Annual Show!!!



Come join us for the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus' 66th Annual Show "Our Green Acres" at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at the Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School, Sterling, Illinois! We know you will enjoy an entertaining afternoon of barbershop-style songs and laughs!

Our featured performer this year is 2016 International 4th place Bronze medalist, Signature! These powerhouse voices hail from the great state of Florida and have been singing together since 2013. All four members have been barbershoppers since their early teens and have been in many different quartets. The quartet first appeared on the International competition stage in 2015 where they finished in 15th place; among the finest barbershop quartets in the world! We know you will enjoy their big sound and while they sing a variety of musical genres.

Tickets for the show are on sale now. Adults - $15; Seniors 62 and over- $12; and Students - Free (with School ID). Tickets may be purchased at Community State Bank locations in Sterling and Rock Falls; Select Employees Credit Union; First State Bank in Polo; from any RRVBC member, or by calling 815-990-1931. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For additional information about the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus, please see the rest of this website and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RRVBarbershoppers.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017




Yesterday a number of quartets from the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus went around the Sauk Valley Area to spread some Valentine's Day love in the form of music in the form of Singing Valentines! Along with two songs, recipients received a handmade card, a box of candy, and a flower from Behrz Bloomz. The quartets were willing to go wherever they were needed to send the message of love. They could be seen in hospitals, banks, schools, and even made a special poolside appearance. This is an important fundraiser for the chorus but the greatest joy came from seeing the joy on the faces of the recipients and other innocent bystanders! Funds raised are used for the operational expenses of the Sterling-Rock Falls Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Check out some pictures below of our quartets sharing their gifts! Also, check out this article from Sauk Valley Media!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


The Rock RiverValley Barbershop Chorus' 65th Annual Show "Murder on the Voice" will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th, 2015 at the Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School, Sterling, Illinois. 

Our featured performer this year is Double Date!

Tickets for the show are on sale now.  Adults - $15; Seniors - $10; and Students - 5 (with ID). 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 BHS Internation Convention

Our president Ben Dirks and director Tim Pashon traveled to Pittsburgh, PA for the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2015 International Convention and Competition on July 1st-July 5th.  

Ben had the opportunity to compete on the international stage with the Sound of Illinois Chorus from Bloomington, IL.  Placing 12th out of 28 competitors.

They enjoyed exploring the beautiful city but most of all listening to all of the great choruses and quartets from all around the world!
                                      


The 2015 International Quartet Champions is "Instant Classic" from the Indiana area.
The 2015 International Chorus Champions is the Westminster Chorus out of the California area.