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About The Clipper City Chordsmen
Our barbershop chorus is a membership-based organization of male singers that meet regularly to practice, perform and have fun. We currently have over 40 members of all ages from all walks of life.
Schmitt Brothers Quartet

The Manitowoc Chapter is the home of the world-famous International Champions Schmitt Brothers Quartet, and features an outstanding barbershop chorus and several talented and entertaining chapter quartets. Join us at our rehearsals or contact us if you are looking for group to entertain at your next function.

Learn more about the origins of barbershop-style music.

Performing Chorus Name

Clipper City Chordsmen
Barbershop Show

Chapter Name

Manitowoc County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Inc.


The Chordsmen are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Inc., with 30,000 members in 800 chapters with over 2,000 registered quartets. We are affiliated with the Society's Land O' Lakes District (LO'L) and part of the Packerland Division. Read more about LO'L events and information in the district's publication, The Pitch Piper.
Land O Lakes

Mission Statement

The Clipper City Chordsmen Chorus is an ever-growing, well-respected brotherhood of men who love to perform a cappella music in the barbershop style, preserving the heritage of the barbershop quartet. The Chordsmen strive to improve the quality of life for our members and our community through music education programs and family-friendly musical entertainment.

Date Founded

The Chordsmen Chapter was established in March of 1945. The founder of the chapter was O.H. "King" Cole, a former Kingsbury Brewery Executive. Milt Detjen was the first director.

Current Quartets

Quartet Singing

A Touch of Harmony
Cool Street
Lake Effect


• Annual participants in the Packerland Division Chorus and Quartet Competition each May.
• Annual Spring Show
• Annual Christmas Show
• Annual Awards Banquet in January

Chordsmen Singing
• Annual Barbershop Harmony Society schools and training sessions
• Annual "Singing Valentines"
• Annual participants in the Memorial Day and Flag Day Services
• Annual performances each summer for Manitowoc's Metro Stage, Two River's "Music Under the Stars" and Mishicot's "MAGIC" concerts at the Old School
• Annual visitations/performances at area Nursing Homes and Holy Family Convent
• Perform with other choruses for special events
• Perform for Business, Fraternal, and Social Organizations upon request

For more information

Entertainment Requests: call 920-973-SING (7464)
Visitors: Contact either Roger Gottschalk or Alan Boeldt, or any smiling Barbershopper.

Charitable support

Chapter donates time and money to deserving organizations and charities. Through Harmony Foundation, the Society's charity, grants are awarded to support vocal musical education in schools and communities.
Chordsmen Cookies

Board of Directors

President - Jim Rasmus
Secretary - Jon Cisewski
Treasurer - Anthony Schreiter
VP Music/Performance - David Rabe
VP Marketing/Publicity - Don Lewellen
VP Membership/VP Chapter Development - Al Boeldt
Members at Large - Johnathon Purvis, Ken Gottschalk, Steven Giebel
Past President - Ron Krupski

Chorus Leadership

Music Director - David Buss
Asst. Music Director - Roger Gottschalk
Asst. Music Director - Bruce Schlei
Chapter Manager - Chris Neumeyer
House Chair - Ron Krupski
Uniform Chair - Bruce Beyer
Librarian - Tim Steffen

Early Chordsmen Chorus
Origins of Barbershop-style Singing
Barbershop harmony is music...a fraternity...a way of life — a truly American artform.

Barbershop-style singing originated in the U.S. between 1890 and the 1920s, and was revived in 1938 with the formation of "The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America" in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Barbershop has expanded beyond the quartet and is now sung in choruses of all sizes as well as by all-women and mixed-voice quartets and choruses. From the highest tenor to the lowest bass, man or woman, the style offers everyone the opportunity to sing, whatever their vocal range. Many different types of music are adaptable to the barbershop style, from traditional hymns and southern gospel through to doo-wop, swing and show tunes. Many popular songs have been successfully adapted to be sung in barbershop style. (From Deke Sharon's Article, Barbershop: A Cappella's Martial Art)

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