Group brings harmony to churches

There will be lots of harmony in two Stillwater churches June 10 when the Croix Chordsmen fill in for the churches vacationing choirs.

The Croix Chordsmen’s Barbershop Chorus provides music for worship services at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Olive Street and the First Presbyterian Church. The group sings at the 8 a.m. service at Our Savior’s and at the 9:30 a.m. service at First Presbyterians on Osgood Avenue.

As part of their summer performance series, the Croix Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus sings a variety of sacred songs in area churches. Because the group sings a cappella, they aren’t accompanied by a piano or church organ. When the group sang at the Memorial Day service in River Falls Monday, they had 16 basses in the chorus. Somebody said "it sounded like a pipe organ."

The Chordsmen are also scheduled to perform at the Special Olympics Summer Games at 2 p.m. June 21. Next month, the group sings in New Richmond, Wis., churches.

Three members of the chorus will travel to Portland next month, where they will attend the five-day Annual International Barbershop Convention.

Judd Orff of Stillwater and Michael Franssen of Chisago City perform on the contest stage with the Great Northern Union Chorus. They are currently rated number two in the world.

The Chordsmen invite men in the area interested in barbershop singing to join them at their regular Tuesday night rehearsals at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. For more information look them up at