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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2018

The history of the Charmonaires

Jul 02, 2018
The original members of the Charmonaires, a vocal music group formed in 1967, are, left to right: Edonna Gamon, Jan Rosien, Betty Osincup, Virginia “Ginny” Tschantz, Enid Tweeton, Edith Poorman, Kay Stewart, director Elaine Oxenford, and Millie Keating.

March 1, 1967, marked the beginning of a singing group in Washington who were known as the Charmonaires.

They were given that name by Earl Rae at a Kiwanis luncheon for which they sang.

In its first year, the group sang strictly barbershop harmony and filled 21 engagements, and grew from a beginning group of seven original members to an even dozen.

Mrs. Don Oxenford served as the director, and Mrs. James Rosien introduced the group. Members included piano and organ teachers, schoolteachers, secretaries and housewives.

They rehearsed in members’ homes every Friday afternoon.

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