About Our Chapter

A Brief History of the Pueblo “Sunsational” Chorus also known as the Arkansas River Chorus
(Liberally plagiarized [with apologies] from the pen of Dr. Emmett O’Leary)

On November 28, 1967, a group of 28 Pueblo men signed an application for a license to operate as a chapter of SPEBSQSA, Inc. (now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society – apparently very difficult to remember that “alphabet soup”).

On July 21, 1969, 38 men signed the petition to Charter the Pueblo Chapter.  The Charter was granted on September 4, 1969.  The sponsor for this Charter was the (then) Pikes Peak Chapter (Colorado Springs), now known as the American the Beautiful Chorus.
For most of these 41 years, Sunsational has presented an annual show featuring the chorus and quartets from all over the country.  In addition to this they have presented:

  • An annual Christmas Show and Caroling “adventures”
  • In February, the Quartets of the Chorus will go out and present “Singing Valentines” to, often, unsuspecting ladies/gents.
  • Frequent Sunday “Sing-Outs” for churches in the area.

Churches have been the major source of practice locations, with many in the area providing rooms. The chorus is currently meeting Sonrise Church, located at 421 E Spaulding Ave, Pueblo West, CO 81007.

Barbershop music first surfaced in 1840, but it was in 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that Owen Clifton Cash (tax attorney) and Rupert I. Hall (Investments) form the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society – see above), headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.  There are now over 800 chapters and more than 40,000 members in the United States.  This makes it the largest all-male singing society in the world, and is but one of the many reasons we can honestly say:

“It’s Great To Be A Barbershopper!!!”