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.

“The biggest goal of Sing With Our Ears is to create and foster relationships within our communities right here at home,” GNU Director Doug Carnes said. “We simply want to learn how to better serve anyone that wants to sing and, frankly, those who do not look like us.”

A healthy conversation about how GNU and the Barbershop Harmony Society can build relationships and break down barriers in these communities is the ultimate goal of the program.

“While we’re doing that, we also hope to teach about barbershop and the amazing transformational powers it has on young men specifically,” Carnes said. “Even more focused, this particular portion is focused on young men in the inner city.”

The chorus is looking to continue the Sing With Our Ears program at two additional Twin Cities area schools in the future.

All are welcome to attend the program. A goodwill donation will be accepted to help support the PHHS choral program.

Patrick Henry High School

4320 N Newton Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55412

Next up for GNU: we’ll be going on tour to Fairmont and Medford, Minn., followed by our “Just In Time For Christmas” shows at North Heights Lutheran Church on Dec. 9-10. Tickets are available at

We remain, as always #GNUSTRONG.