A new men's chorus has been formed in Neosho.

A new men's chorus has been formed in Neosho.
The Neosho Men's Chorus meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Neosho Christian School, 903 W. South St., Neosho. The choir is under the direction of Mike Baggerly.
"The main purpose is to provide an activity for those men who like to sing, to preserve music in the 'barbershop style,' and to provide alternative entertainment for the public," he said. "Any male who likes to sing and is interested in 4-part harmony.  There is no requirement to sight-read music."
As far as why he opted to start the choir, Baggerly said, "I think this community has a lot of talented male singers which creates an opportunity for a men’s chorus. Being a former barbershop chorus director sparked the idea of starting a chorus here in Neosho.  When I resided in Carthage from 1976-1989, I started a similar chorus there.  That chorus started with 8 men and in five years had 40 members.  It eventually merged with the Joplin Crossroads Chorus and became the Joplin Tri-‑Statesmen Chorus.  After meeting with a few people here in Neosho, I noted that men who like to sing like to keep it local."
Baggerly said he enjoys the choir.
"I am very pleased to see how many men have shown interest in the chorus," he said. "The first meeting we had 18 men attend and the sound was really good.  We are currently averaging 15-20 men every meeting for the last month. This is something I have done before, and I am pleased with the result so far.  I have enjoyed developing this Chorus and spreading the Barbershop Harmony Style in the area,"
Future plans for the chorus is to perform at community gatherings and such.
"We plan to perform at any community gatherings, civic organizations, or other public venues as requested," Baggerly said. "We are now in the process of learning new music to prepare the Chorus for these activities.  In the future, we plan to have an annual Barbershop Show to raise funds to support the chorus—uniforms, risers, music, etc.  This group will be a non‑-profit organization."
For more information, call 364-4069.