The Dukes of Harmony is one of the GTA’s longest-existing barbershop choruses. Started in 1954, the Dukes have had a proud tradition of excellence in competing at the Ontario and international level as well as providing some of the best shows around. The Dukes have a rich history including two international gold medals (Canada’s first!). The Chorus performs publicly throughout the year, usually in the evenings or on weekends. Engagements include barbershop shows, commercial bookings and community events.
The Dukes in Competition
Here’s an amazing snippet of Duke history…Harmony Gold!
The Dukes perform at Roy Thomson Hall in 1983!
JOIN US IN OUR MISSION TO BUILD
A BETTER WORLD…SINGING.
“Singing has made me happier…
and a better husband and father.
Singing has changed my life.”
Since 1954 The Dukes of Harmony Barbershop Society has worked to ensure that more people have the opportunity to experience the joy of singing. Join us as we work with community leaders, music educators, and people of all ages to live better lives through song.
We always welcome new singers. If you’d like to visit one of our rehearsals, either just as a guest or as a prospective member, we’d love to see you! Click here to e-mail us about joining.
You are invited to be a part of something big.
We invite you to join a network of tens of thousands of North American singers who not only sing for their own happiness, but who live to share that joy with others. We’re working in our community to transform lives through song. We view anyone who promotes singing as a friend and co-traveler on our mission — no matter what type of music they want to sing.
Leave your sweetheart speechless
Imagine from out of the blue, four serenaders bearing flowers appear at your sweetheart’s home or work place, saying: “Suzanne, Raymond has something special he’d like to tell you…” … and out pours a sweet, tender love song in gentle close harmony. Our Barbershop Quartets are ready to provide a Valentine’s Day gift that will be remembered forever. Click here to find out more.
Our Music Director, Dan Rutzen, is a conductor, accompanist, singer and vocal coach hailing from Marietta, Georgia. Formerly a high school music teacher, Dan is in the final stages of completing a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.
Since coming to Toronto, Dan has worked in several facets of the music industry. At the university, Dan conducted Candide with the Opera School and performed Maury Yeston’s song cycle, December Songs, with soloists Vicki St. Pierre and Sarah Farb. He was a master class conductor under Maestro Helmuth Rilling for 3 consecutive Toronto Bach Festivals and has sung in chorus with the MacMillan Singers and the Bach Festival Singers with the Toronto Symphony on numerous occasions. Through his associations in choral music, Dan conducted John Rutter’s Gloria and several cantatas by Bach and Handel for Church of the Redeemer with John Campbell, music director.
In addition to directing the Dukes of Harmony, Dan has conducted the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Choir at the International Conference of MCC Churches in Acapulco, the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay at Toronto City Hall, and Christmas Eve at Roy Thomson Hall. Dan also works as a guest conductor.
As a pianist, Dan has performed around Toronto in Napoleon for Talk is Free Theatre, Mimi at the Tarragon Theatre and Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna for the Toronto Luminato Festival. He is the musical director of Ecce Homo Theatre Company with writer/director Alistair Newton and has performed several new works in Toronto including ThePastor Phelps Project, The Ecstasy of Mother Theresa, and Loving the Stranger for the SummerWorks Theatre Festival and Leni Riefenstahl vs. the 20th Century for the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Prior to coming to Canada, Dan worked in the professional theatre scene in Houston, Texas music directing such shows as Floyd Collins and Into the Woods for Masquerade Theatre and She Loves Me and 70, Girls, 70 for Bayou City Concert Musicals. While in Texas, Dan played keyboard in the Houston Area Ballet Company’s production of Gypsy with Andrea McArdle. Dan spent a season onstage in Masquerade Theatre’s productions of Parade (Lt.Ivy), City of Angels (Munoz), and Sweeney Todd (Chorus). Some of his favourite community and collegiate theatre experiences include A Little Night Music, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rocky Horror Show, Suessical the Musical, Songs for a New World, Honk!, and Joseph…Dreamcoat.
Dan remains in demand as a musical director and vocal arranger but also as a soloist and choral vocal artist. In addition, he maintains a roster of voice students and coaches regularly at the University of Toronto, Randolph Academy and Ryerson University.
Assistant Music Director
Mitch is a proud graduate of the Randolph College triple threat program and also holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Instrumental Music and Music Education from Brandon University, Brandon, MB.
Mitch has been establishing himself as an arts educator in the GTA for the past 6 years, working for the Flato Markham Theatre, Sistema Toronto, StageDoor Theatre School, CATS Toronto, ExploreIt, and has also acted as the casting director for a local theatre company, Marion Abbott Productions (MAP).
Mitch recently returned to Canada after spending a year teaching theatre and music at the Stardust Academy in Amman, Jordan. He could not be more excited to join the Dukes and cut his Barbershop teeth with such a fine group of gents! (and we’re excited to have you, Mitch!)