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Barbershop warbles in the Kirkham

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The Carousel Chorus, a Rexburg-based barbershop ensemble, performs on Jan. 25 at the BYU-Idaho Barbershop Festival.

High school and university gros performed along with Barbershop International Quartet Championship winners OC Times and Ringmasters at the Barbershop Music Festival in the Kirkham Auditorium on Jan. 25.

Barbershop is more than just music, said Bob Doolittle, a member of the Carousel Chorus. The gro is a community barbershop quartet based in Rexburg and is affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

“It lifts you ,” Doolittle said. “The adrenaline just gets going, and it’s an amazing experience. I don’t know how else to put it.”

Doolittle, who is on his fourteenth year singing in the Festival, said that while sports and other hobbies can fade with age, singing stays with performers throughout their lives.

“Nothing lifts the soul and lightens the heart like a good song,” Doolittle said.

Sean Devine, lead singer of the OC Times quartet, said he believes in the power of barbershop music. He said it is accessible to everyone, whether they are part of the chorus or the audience.

Tyler Hamberg, a freshman studying communication and a Center Stage director, said that while he has never been involved in barbershop before, he was surprised at how much he enjoyed the show.

“They put on a show with their voices and their humor,” Hamberg said.

Eden Whitehead, a sophomore studying early childhood and special education, said she thought the show was spectacular. She said she was particularly impressed by the raw talent of the gros and the lifting music they shared.

“Everything today is autotuned and fake. It’s so refreshing to hear real talent,” Whitehead said.

The Barbershop Music Festival has been a BYU-I tradition for the past sixteen years, Doolittle said.

The Carousel Chorus meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. to rehearse at the Rexburg Tabernacle on North Center Street.

All who wish to join and share their talents are invited to attend.

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