About us

The Harmony Hawks perform under the direction of John Hayden at the 2013 Spring Show at Prairie High Concert Hall .

The Harmony Hawks perform under the direction of John Hayden at the 2013 Spring Show at Prairie High Concert Hall .

About the Chorus

The Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus is a community service chorus based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Men and boys aged 16 and older from across Eastern Iowa sing with us. We are affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society, and barbershop harmony lies at the heart of our repertoire that also includes patriotic, gospel, and popular music arranged as four-part a capella harmony.

Community Service:

Some highlights last year include:

  • Providing entertainment for Tribute to Heroes, the kickoff event for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
  • Raising nearly $2,500 for charity in our annual Gospel Concert
  • Providing music for many Naturalization Ceremonies
  • Teaming up with choirs from College Community‚Äôs Prairie Point middle school in our annual spring show
  • Visiting area schools to demonstrate vocal technique and barbershop quartet singing

Our mission: to promote singing for a lifetime.

Our current members range in age from high school youth to senior citizens with over 60 years of singing experience in our chorus. By learning to blend our voices, we develop both our vocal skill and the bonds of friendship with each other. Singing invigorates us and keeps our minds sharp. Our mission includes reaching out to schools to assist them in bringing the gift of singing to their students.

Singing in competition:

The Harmony Hawks Chorus and quartets compete yearly in the Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Preparing for contest sharpens our skills and raises the level of performance on all our songs.


  • Come join us at one of our public performances
  • If you are a male aged 16 or older who loves to sing, come to any rehearsal
  • We meet Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Director, John Hayden

Under John Hayden’s direction, the Harmony Hawks have won the Plateau AA Championship in the five-state Central States Region. He is an active clinician at choral festivals in the United States and Canada, an arranger, festival judge, and has been on the faculty of Harmony University. John also has extensive quartet experience including singing lead with the current CSD Champion Quartet, Switchback.

John teaches vocal music at Benton Community in Van Horne, Iowa.

2018 Harmony Hawks Board of Directors and Officers

  • President, Gary Lindsay
  • Past President, Bill Moss.
  • Music & Programming VP, Greg Koenigs
  • Membership & Chapter Development VP, Jack Ray
  • Secretary, Wendell Aldrich
  • Treasurer, Al Huneke
  • Spring Show Chairs, Wendell Aldrich, Al Huneke

Contact us:

  • Gary Lindsay, President, Webmaster, 319-377-7679
  • Tom Read, scheduling performances 319-360-3765
  • Jack Ray, to visit rehearsal (319) 360-0503




6 Responses to About us

  1. Marilene Julich says:

    I just tried to order 2 tickets to your spring show on April 28, 2018. At the end of the payment process, a box appeared saying there had been an error during the process, and I needed to try again. When I went back to the seating chart, the two seats I had chosen were not available. This leads me to believe the payment did go through, but I have not received a confirmation e-mail. Not sure what to do next, but I will also send a message to the folks at ShowTix. The seats I chose were D104 and D105.

    • admin says:

      I’m just now seeing your massage. If you haven’t resolved this yet, please call ShowTix at 1-866-967-8167.
      Thanks for your interest in the show!

  2. Mark Fuerniss says:

    I recently learned of the passing of John “Jack” Schwartz, a long time member of the Cedar Rapids Chapter and Harmony Hawks chorus. I would like to include him in our recognition of deceased barbershoppers at the fall convention in St. Charles in October. Would you happen to have a photo or photos of Jack in your archieves.

    Thanks. My condolences to your chapter.

    Mark Fuerniss, Secretary
    Central States District

    • admin says:

      Mark, I am not aware of any photos of Jack since it has been at about 15 years since he sang with us. I will have someone look for any in our archives. To follow-up, please write me at my email glindsay711@Mac.com.

  3. Cliff Newman says:

    When will your 2017 annual show be? I can’t find the date on your website.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for contacting us, Cliff. I’m sorry it took so long for me to see your note. The show is posted now, so please take another look at the website and let me know if you have any questions at my direct email, glindsay711@mac.com. Thanks for supporting the Harmony Hawks!

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