About Us

About Barbershop


Capital Harmony sings acappella in the Barbershop style. Acappella means “unaccompanied singing”. Barbershop is a style that uses four voice parts: the “lead” sings the melody or tune; the “bass” sings the lowest notes; the “tenor” sings the highest notes; and the “baritone” sings whatever is left over – making a four-part chord!

In Barbershop, the aim is to tune the chords so that “overtones” (extra notes) or “ringing” sounds are created. Standard Barbershop uses particular chords and song structures to make this distinctive sound. However, Capital Harmony Chorus also sings four part “do-wop” (where the lead sings a solo part) and “jazz chord” arrangements (where the notes are very close together).

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We are available to entertain at all sorts of functions from concerts to birthdays, and any other type of special event where good music from fine women is appreciated!

Singing at a community carols' concert, Amesbury School, December 2014

Singing at a community carols’ concert, Amesbury School, December 2014

Musical Director Profile

Joanne Oliver – Musical Director

Jo has been a Sweet Adeline since 1993.

She was a founder member and second director of the Nelson City Chorus. Before becoming director of Capital Harmony (or Wellingtones as it was then known) in 1999, she was section leader and assistant director for Faultline Chorus for four years. She was also director of the Wellington Sound Investment Men’s Chorus from 1996-2000.

Joanne received classical voice training from Pamela Sims in Nelson. She has also been a member of the Imperial College Choir (London), the Nelson Civic Choir and the Jack Wentworth Singers.

She has been a member of several quartets, in particular the Applechords, Quattro and her current quartet Phoenix. She regularly judges college quartet competitions at regional and national contests.

Joanne has attended every national contest for both men and women from 1994-2001, singing or directing in all but two of these. She attended the 1995 International contest in New Orleans which was also the Sweet Adelines 50th Anniversary celebration. She has attended most of the directors’ training courses held since 1995 and regularly attends the education courses and seminars run by Sweet Adelines in New Zealand.

Jo is ably assisted in the task of directing by Mary Sagato – who’s our backbeat guru!

Other Barbershop sites

New Zealand Sweet Adelines site (Region #35) which contains information about the region’s activities.

Homepage of Australian Sweet Adelines (Region #34)

The Sweet Adelines  International site. N.B. Sweet Adelines International’s data policies.

The men’s New Zealand Association of Barbershop Singers Inc (NZABS)

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