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SLD in the Community

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Our Mission:  Make Life Better Singing Barbershop Music

The Seneca Land Vision:  To be an ever-growing fraternal singing organization that is ageless, colorless and dedicated to the average singer having fun creating and preserving extraordinary music in the barbershop style. A Brotherhood known in their community for making a difference through singing.

To fulfill our Mission and reach our Vision, the chapters and individual members that make up the Seneca Land District are MOST proud of the many ways we have reached out and connected directly to our communities.  As a district we believe that music, either barbershop or other forms, holds the power to inspire, heal, encourage, and simply spread love and happiness.


Take a moment to celebrate with us the great things happening in our SLD communities from Erie to Canton, and every stop in between!  Feel free to email us at to submit pictures and descriptions of what your chapters and members are doing for us to update each quarter!

Mark Twain Chapter Celebrates 65th Anniversary


In March of 1954 the Mark Twain Chapter was chartered, and this past March marks its 65th anniversary – a milestone event! Earlier this year, the chapter realized the significance of this anniversary and initiated plans to take advantage of this event with marketing and PR throughout the year. The goal is to heighten local awareness of the chapter and to continue to build on the recent successes of the chorus.


The most recent event to celebrate the occasion was the Open House held on April 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen. This event was the third of its kind, and the purpose was simply to provide an evening of a cappella fun with family,  friends, neighbors and newcomers alike. The evening was a simple and relaxed affair, with the chorus singing standard repertoire and competition set, and chapter quartets providing additional musical entertainment. A social “hour” with light snacks and refreshments at intermission allowed the men to mingle with guests and do a little ad-hoc singing as well.


The chapter was thrilled that Zest quartet from our sister chorus the Crystal Chords, made an appearance and provided an exciting change of pace for the crowd. From facial expressions, individuals singing, foot tapping and body movement seen in the audience, it was clear that the evening was fun for everyone. The event was closed with “God Bless America.”

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Hornell Chapter spreads some love and prepares for spring...

Hornell began the year preparing for a Spring Show and Singing Valentines. Our 'new' Director is Don Many is traveling up from Risingville on Mondays, and then down to Painted Post on Tuesdays. We are joining Painted Post for their Annual Show on Saturday April 27 at the Corning High School singing fun, animated film songs. We will also be represented in the Show by a quartet that formed on April 11 as part of a VLQ that visited Barbershops and Hardware stores in Hornell, Wellsville and Alfred, celebrating National Barbershop Day.

Join us on Sunday, May 5th as we raise money for the Hornell Area Food Pantries at 4 PM at the Hornell United Methodist Church.  Our summer plans include a performance at the Allegany County Fair on Friday, July 19.

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