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The Beehive Statesmen's Spring 2017 show was a smashing success, with an audience of nearly 300.  The  younger folks delighted in songs like "I Will  Go Sailing No More, (from Toy Story 2), and "Be Our Guest", (from Beauty and the Beast), while the more seasoned audience members enjoyed old favorites like "Danny Boy" and "God Bless America".  The Statesmen's efforts were bolstered by Rocky Mountain District Quartet Champions "The Pine" and by three local quartets, Fourth Street, SLiC City and Deck of Bards.

This Valentine's Day 6 quartets from the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus acted as cupid by delivering over 100 "Singing Valentines" to folks along the Wasatch Front. In addition, the chorus held Special Valentines Day Concerts for the Veterans at the VA hospital, and for the residents of Silverado Aspen  Park Memory Care, and Canyon Park Senior Living in Salt Lake.  The Beehive Statesmen, and their quartets,  touched the hearts of their audiences and in turn were deeply touched by the residents of all three centers.  

It was a special day for the  Beehive Statesmen who look forward to 2018!


The Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus had the incredible opportunity to perform at Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake City, in the historic Assembly Hall.
The audience was vey exepting of the Christmas themed repertoire.  Along with many Christmas Favorites this year...the Beehive Statesmen introduced a new song...which speaks to the communication between us all "Text Me Me Merry" Christmas!   It was a crowd pleaser!   Chapter quartets 4 th St, Gray Matters, and
SLicK City entertained the audience as well.   The Beehive Statesmen were treated to a standing ovation at the conclusion  of the evening's performance!


Ringing in Christmas was the theme for this years Annual Chistmas Show with the Beehive Statesmen, held on December 5, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.  It was a great evening as the Chorus performed 4 new songs in our Christmas repertoire. Here We Come A Wassling,   In The Bleak MidWinter,  Joy to the World, and finally...a crowd favorite...Text Me Merry Christmas!    A modern twist on our communication these days with our cell phones and interaction at Christmas time with friends and love ones.  "Text me, Merry Christmas"...It's the least that we can do!

Paul Ellinger, our great friend, coach and vocal trainer paid another visit to the Beehive Statesmen on November 12, 2016.  We all were blesses to be apart of his
WaveBox Singing Workshop.  His 7 concepts to better singing as a chorus are amazing!  He taught us that it is truly...what to think rather than what to do.  There are so
many tricks to our trade, to being the best chorus we can be.  Paul was inspirational, those in attendance were all moved with emotion as we sang together, these skills.

The Beehive Statesmen along with our Director Penny Peshell enjoyed a great day, a great BBQ lunch...our event was held at This is The Place State Park at the Pack Home.

It was a great day!

The Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus "got cultured" with the West Valley Symphony on Monday evening at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center at the outdoor
Amphitheater.  A large lively crowd enjoyed the fusion of great Barbershop Harmony and Symphony favorites.  A rousing rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Stars and Stripes Forever by the Statesmen and the Symphony combined for a grand finale.  It was a great evening!   Looking forward to singing with the Symphony again!

The Beehive Statesmen returned to the Utah Arts Festival this year to help celebrate it's 40th birthday.  The Statesmen sang an hour-long concert on Thursday, June 23rd, the first day of the festival.  The crowd, swollen by free admission to the festival, was large and appreciative.  The Statesmen, led by assistant director Paul Barlow, and by our new director Penny Peschel, presented a reprise of the Spring show.  The chorus was bolstered by two quartets, 4th Street and SLiCk City and by emcees Doug Jones and John Close. A great time was had by all! Details about the event can be found at City Weekly.



In what has become an annual tradition, the Beehive Statesmen performed an hour-long show as part of the Music-in-the-Park Series (?) at Bingham Young Park.  The weather was perfect, the crowd was large and engaged, and the chords rang and echoed off the downtown towers.  The Statesmen were directed by Paul Barlow and Penny Peschel and augmented by the quartets 4th Street and SLiCk City.  As always, Clark Gable served as host and provided both a space to warm up and afterglow goodies