Doug Carnes named GNU’s new director

Changing the world through music is Great Northern Union’s vision. Now that dream is one shared with its new director. 

The Great Northern Union Chorus is proud to announce the hiring of its newest front-line director: Doug Carnes, of Dix Hills, New York.

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The mission behind 'Sing With Our Ears'

Reaching out to underserved communities with barbershop: That’s the motivation behind an upcoming performance at Patrick Henry High School. 

As part of our "Sing With Our Ears" outreach program, GNU will be performing a free community concert on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Patrick Henry.

Earlier this year, GNU conducted a mini-clinic on barbershop at Patrick Henry. After singing a few numbers each, GNU member quartet Kordal Kombat and another GNU in-house quartet spent a great evening singing and teaching tags with students and community members.

Now the full chorus is returning to show off what barbershop can do.

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GNU performs at ACDA National Conference

Great Northern Union recently performed at the 2017 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference.

Alongside past International Champion quartets Ringmasters and Crossroads and Barbershop Harmony staffer Joe Cerutti, GNU presented an informational session titled "Boys To Men: Building An Intergenerational Men's Choir."

With the conference being held in Minneapolis, the sessions were a great opportunity for both BHS and GNU alike to get barbershop music in front of some of the top choral music educators from around the nation.

The sessions focused on the “Four Pillars” of the GNU organizational model: performing a variety of repertoire, tag singing, building a strong community and camaraderie among members and competition.

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GNU to sing in Music City, Opryland

One of Minnesota’s top male choirs is heading to Music City and the Grand Ole Opry.

Great Northern Union (GNU) is proud to announce its July 4-10 tour of Nashville, Tenn. As part of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Convention, GNU will be singing at some of Nashville’s most famous venues, including at the Grand Ole Opry Plaza, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and the Music City Walk of Fame Park.

Usually a competitor in the International Chorus Contest, Great Northern Union is attending the Convention instead to be of service to the Barbershop Harmony Society. The chorus will give performances designed to highlight and promote BHS’s outreach initiatives during Convention week throughout Nashville, where BHS has been headquartered since 2007.

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GNU celebrates choral music across generations

Great Northern Union Chorus (GNU) has strived for and achieved multi-generational vocal excellence throughout its history.

Now in its 30th year of barbershop and a cappella singing, GNU will feature excellence at all ages with their latest production, Great Northern Union: Live at the Ordway. Headlined by GNU, the show will feature an array of new selections, performed with thrilling harmony and dynamic energy.

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Real Men Sing Collegiate Showcase celebrates male singing in Midwestern colleges

When men sing, it makes a difference not just in their own lives, but in the lives of the audience and the community surrounding them.

That is the vision behind the Great Northern Union Chorus’ Real Men Sing program, a multi-level youth outreach initative that provides choral experiences to young men from middle school through their early 20’s through several annual programs.

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‘Homeward Bound’ explores meaning of home

The word “home” has meaning to us all, especially during the holidays.

Through songs and spoken stories, two world classes vocal ensembles are coming together this holiday season to explore and celebrate the meaning “home” has for all of us.

The Great Northern Union and City of Lakes choruses will jointly perform “Homeward Bound” on Dec. 12-13 at the Hopkins High School Auditorium.

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Real Men Sing will raise voices from across Minnesota

Young men, older men, all men should sing.

That will be the primary lesson next month when young men from more than 30 Twin Cities area schools participate in Great Northern Union’s third annual Real Men Sing festival.

During the one-day singing festival on Oct. 3, more than 200 students from area schools* will form two choirs, a seventh- through ninth-grade choir and a 10th-grade through college-age choir.

Great Northern Union’s musical director, Douglas Carnes, will lead and coach the older choir.

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Carnes takes GNU helm after Convention appearances

Wearing neckties old and new, Great Northern Union members welcomed their new director July 9.

Douglas Carnes, who is a necktie aficionado, took the helm of GNU as the chorus's fourth director in its 30-year history.

Carnes, who relocated to the Twin Cities area from Dix Hills, N.Y., has had a busy few weeks leading up to his official start with GNU. He spent the week prior in Pittsburgh at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention, where he was featured in a Harmony Foundation video for his efforts at bringing the barbershop art form to his students at Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem, N.Y. Carnes and three of his (now former) students later sang "My Wild Irish Rose" together on stage at the CONSOL Energy Center.

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Recording a New Album!

This summer, the Great Northern Union will be working hard recording a new album. It's been a couple of years since the release of GNU Live in Concert and with the number of new songs that have been added to the repetoire, we've decided that it's time to start recording the new stuff!

Because of this, we will not have our standard Thursday night rehearsal on June 11 or June 25.

Note that 30 Below will still be rehearsing at the United Methodist Church of Peace

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