HALO- Barbershop's First International African American Quartet Competitors

Rooted in the African American heritage of barbershop, we're enthusiastic about connecting more people to the music and to the community. HALO loves harmony-- hip hop AND barbershop!

A Tribute to Dr. King

“Too quickly, apathy and disinterest rise too the surface when the next logical steps are to be taken… as the nation passes from opposing extremist behavior to the more pervasive elements of equality, White America reaffirms its bond to the status quo. Let us not think of our movement as one that seeks to integrate the Negro into all of…

#HALOGrind 2022

Greetings, HALO family, friends and followers! We hope folks have hung on with hope amidst the disorienting and fluctuating conditions of the pandemic through the holidays. Many of our own were also affected, but we are grateful to have pulled through. We are so happy looking back on 2021, a full and exhausting year finishing our most extended Race and…

Pressing On

Goodness, it’s been a long time since we’ve shared updates here! I’m sure from the experiences we’ve shared in this quartet and the echoes of exhaustion resounding through social media that we’re not the only ones working to catch our breath after a year and a half of life under the pressures of the pandemic. But we’ve been blessed to…

Race and #RealTalk Virtual Concert

Hello to all of our friends, family, followers, and supporters– and we hereby dub you #HALOfam!!! Wow, what a year this has been and we know it’s not over. Since the outpouring of support for our upcoming Race and #RealTalk series, HALO has been hard at work creating virtual presentation materials, gathering and organizing program content, and connecting with organizations…

Singing in the Darkness #blackoutTuesday

Family, friends, followers, and new visitors. The turmoil which beset the world, the nation, our communities and households in March has buried us in what feels like a tsunami of confusion, fear and grief. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, followed by the brutal murder of George Floyd unleashed centuries of festered pain, grief and rage which has…

#HALOeffect- Introducing Pinnacle!

Soooo… we said we’ve got exciting new things ahead! One very cool leap of faith toward growth we’ve made is a move toward expansion to include a new quartet in HALO, Incorporated’s work, straight outta Sweet Adelines. Introducing Pinnacle! So last summer, we made connection with Christine Czuhajewski, who reached out to learn more about the research work I’ve been…

HALO Effect- Recapping Race and #RealTalk

Hello, everyone!! Wow, it’s been more than a minute. Our fall and holiday season was intense as we embarked upon our research study, Race and #RealTalk: A Community Music Therapy Model for Addressing Racism in the United States, which culminated into another public Race and #RealTalk performance on December 15. Our series was focused on “Immigration: Engaging Across Political Perspectives.”…

HALO & History: More Connections with Heart of the Civil War

Barbershop is known for connecting people through the community it creates. I’m pretty stoked to learn more and more its power to connect exiting communities and organizations! From reading our last blog post, Kyle Dalton reached out to offer me a tour of the Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. This is the place I’d mentioned passing many times…

HALO and Heart of the Civil War- Keepin it #RealTalk

Hello there, friends, fam and followers! Long time no nothin’, huh? We came off a VERY busy spring season. Just to quickly recap, we were with North Carolina Central University for the Barbershop Revival hosted by the Caronlinas District of the Barbershop Harmony Society in March. In April we presented a Race and #RealTalk workshop for the community of Frederick,…

Revived by Barbershop

One of the hallmarks of a truly transcendental experience, I’d wager, is the inability to ascribe words that adequately describe it. To that end, I’ll give myself some grace for really being at a loss for expressing what an unforgettable and uplifting weekend the Barbershop Revival with the Carolinas District of the Barbershop Harmony Society was for HALO and the…