(CBS) — There are 140 of them who get together for the joy of singing.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says the Melodeers are all someone you should know.READ MORE: 4 People Hospitalized When Car Crashes Into Building In Humboldt Park
It all began when barbershop patrons started singing while waiting to get their hair cut. A century or so later, the Melodeers chorus is taking the music to a dazzling new height with 140 ladies singing in unaccompanied four-part harmony.
“I love it. I’ve been around a barbershop all my entire life. The organization calls me a barbershop rat,” jokes member Erin Keeber.READ MORE: At Least 1 Person Killed, 22 Wounded In Gun Violence In Chicago So Far This Weekend
The group rehearses each Wednesday evening at the Mart Mariam Chaldean Catholic Church in Northbrook. Mater director Jim Ans says members come with all experience levels.
Kaye Jensen is the oldest member.
“I live a Melodeer life at home. I’m singing all the time. It’s contagious,” she says.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: A Quiet Pattern To Come
The chorus has won six Sweet Adeline International gold medals.