A Brief History of Acapella Rising

Little Rock's Premier Men's Barbershop Chorus, Acapella Rising is an all-male barbershop-style group with over 35 active members in a choral environment. It was chartered in 1955 as a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA). As such, it is part of the largest non-profit men’s singing group in America with over 34,000 members. It is the only men’s chorus of this type in Little Rock.

Although appearing principally in the greater Little Rock area, the chorus membership is made up of members from as far away as Star City, Ark., and has a good representation from the surrounding areas of Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Maumelle, Russellville, and North Little Rock. Its diversity is one of its strong points with the ages of its members ranging from the early teens through the 80s...with vocations varying to all walks of life..

The chorus is devoted to singing America’s unique barbershop style of music that originated in the early 1900’s when, for entertainment, men congregated in barbershops or on street corners to sing in close harmony. Its repertoire covers the classic songs of the early 1900’s as well as many modern compositions.- its repertoire is sure to include something to please any ear.

The chorus performs for many civic and charitable functions throughout the greater Little Rock metropolitan area. Its primary source of financial support is through annual dues, an annual show, singing valentines, and corporate sponsors.
 
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