We are a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that seeks to enrich our community with our talent and our treasure through singing barbershop style music.
Our chapter is an active sponsor of the music program (the Voices) at Beaufort High School, and our special charitable focus is on the work of the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Beaufort.
Use this site to learn about the history of the Harbormasters and Belles; gain knowledge of our parent organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society; and become acquainted with the barbershop style of music. We describe typical music activities we pursue and show the calendar of scheduled events. We provide a vehicle for contacting us to learn more about us, to visit rehearsal, or to request a performance.
Where We Meet
The Beaufort Harbormasters rehearse every Sunday from 2:30-4:30 pm in the Mission Building at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Ladys Island Rd
The Beaufort Belles rehearse every Sunday from 4:45-6:30 pm in the Choir Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Ladys Island Rd
Occasionally we will meet at another location – a nursing home for example.
Performances and Activities
On the first Friday of every month, we will be singing and strolling downtown Beaufort for First Friday.
Please come out and feel free to follow us around town as we sing and bring good cheer to all around us! Just look for the hats and red scarfs! For those adventurous types please feel free to join in and enjoy the festivities.
We plan and conduct activities in the Beaufort area that will accomplish the following:
Support the music program at Beaufort High School
Support the work of the Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort
Provide an enjoyable time of singing and of fellowship: to have fun.
Increase the musical knowledge and singing abilities of the members of the chapter chorus and quartets, and of the youth groups when opportunities arise.
Enrich our community and promote public appreciation for barbershop harmony
Perpetuate and promote a capella, four part, close harmony vocal music known as barbershop, and encourage other men to join us in this endeavor.
Support the objectives and activities of The Barbershop Harmony Society and its Carolina District.
To carry out these objectives we engage in these typical activities:
Performances at local charitable and civic events
Entertainment at private functions
Delivery of Singing Valentines, a rose and a card
Singing at retirement and nursing homes
Presentation of formal (ticketed) shows and some free shows.
Beaufort Harbormasters History:
In January 1999, Peter Stevenson, our founder and the heart and soul of our Chorus for many years, advertised for singers for a barbershop chorus. Four hardy men showed up for the first meeting in July, and by March 1999, we had 12 members and were qualified to be a chapter of the national society.
In September of 1999 the Harbormasters were granted a charter from the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society.
A tragic blow for us was the sudden death of our beloved Director and President, Peter Stevenson in March 2005. Mike Masters, one of our members, held us together as Interim Director and our membership remained loyal.
Since then we have been fortunate in finding qualified and exciting directors, musical professional who have come to embrace our music style in a big way, and who have helped us demonstrate that barbershop arrangements can be sung in almost every genre.
The Beaufort Belles History:
The Beaufort Belles got started got started even before that. In 1992 founders Doris Heard, Peggy Callahan and Audrey McBratney put an ad in the paper looking for singers. They had 9-10 singers then, meeting at the Two Suns Inn on Bay Street.
In 1996 they formed the Sea Island Chapter of the Sweet Adelines International, and competed in their first competition in 1998 with 16 members.
They became the Beaufort Belles when they withdrew from the Sweet Adeline organization in 2000.
The Belles have recently joined the Beaufort Harbormasters under the umbrella of the Barbershop Harmony Society and will share equally in their activities and board of directors.
Nick DiLorenzo caught the “Barbershop Bug” while in high school on Long Island.
In his 19 years barbershopping, he has shown his talent winning 3 championships, singing at high levels in choruses and quartets, as well as arranging and directing.
Nick exudes energy, charisma and determination, while making sure that most of all, singing is fun.
He now lives in Raeford, NC with his wife Tasha and their kids.
The Beaufort Harbormasters is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society
(Formally, the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America SPEBSQSA)