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Sharing Barbershop with the younger generation

A small group of Crosstown members were invited to the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education to sing for students in kindergarten all the way to high school. We just love sharing this art form with people who have likely never heard it before. For us music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. We hope we inspired more than a few minds with our performances today. Thank you for inviting us to your school!

Harmonizing at the Brookfield Senior Center

Crosstown Harmony enjoyed performing at the Brookfield Senior Center for an after lunch performance. The Brookfield Senior Community Center offers a variety of leisure and recreational opportunities to all area senior citizens. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, educational or social opportunities, you’re sure to find something of interest at the Center. Check out their website for more information

We hope to be invited back again soon!


Cheering on the participants at Brigg's & Al's Run/Walk

Briggs & Al's Run & Walk is a Milwaukee tradition and a critical fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. For over 40 years, thousands of people have come together to walk or run in support of a child they love, connect with their mission and celebrate the kids they serve. Crosstown Harmony Chorus was delighted to be there cheering on the participants with songs along the route. 100% of the funds raised by participants directly support programs and services that prevent and ease the suffering of children.

Coaching with Jim Arns

Last night we were treated to an awesome coaching session by Jim Arns, fabulous director of The Melodeers chorus. A veritable font of singing knowledge that he was happy to impart to us. Such an exciting evening. Thank you Jim!

Chorus outing, a Puuurfect evening

Crosstown members, family & friends participated in a fun social event this Thursday visiting the first Cat Cafe in Milwaukee, Sip & Purr. It was a great evening of socializing with our friends with two and four legs. If you're a cat lover, you have to check this place out.

Serving up drinks & harmony at the Ozaukee County Fair

Crosstown Harmony Chorus members filled the beer stand at the Ozaukee County Fair to serve up suds to its' fairgoers. We had a great time hanging out with our Crosstown sisters and singing for our supper! Thanks to everyone who gave their time to work the fair and to the patrons who generously tipped us for our hard work. We'll be back again next year!

Coaching with Jim Arns

On Monday, June 25th we had the honor of learning from Master Director 700 Jim Arns!

Jim Arns has directed the Melodeers Chorus since 1988, and is one of an elite group of directors to receive the Master Director 700, created in 2009 by Sweet Adelines International to honor musical directors whose choruses score 700 points or more (out of a possible 800) in Regional Competitions.

Soaking in the summer sun at West Allis Ala Carte

The Annual West Allis A La Carte is the biggest non-fair park event in the city of West Allis! This event brings local businesses, schools, community organizations, and restaurants together for a real taste of the city. 2018 was the 11th anniversary, and Crosstown Harmony was there to perform for the attendees once again this year. We had a great time and hope to apart of this great event again next year.

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Coaching with Bonnie Fedyski

On Wednesday, May 30th we had the honor of being coached by Bonnie Fedyski!

Bonnie Fedyski joined the Choral-Aires Chorus in the early 1990's and has been co-director of the chorus since July 2012. Members of the chorus have had the privilege of representing the region in 13 international contests, placing in the top ten, ten of those 13 appearances. In 2013, the Choral-Aires Chorus earned eighth place medals in the Sweet Adelines International Competition held in Hawaii.