So just who are these guys anyway?
We're glad you asked!
The Hartford Men in Harmony is made up men of all ages from all backgrounds. The ingredients we share are a love of harmony, fellowship, and curiosity to learn and continually develop our personal musical ability. Many of us entered this chorus not knowing how to read music, and some of us still don't know how to read music! And that's okay! We have found ways to learn together that anybody who enjoys singing can find accessible.
We aim to be an indispensable part of the greater Hartford performing arts community — artistically, educationally, and through our charitable efforts.
The Hartford Men in Harmony is an all-male a cappella chorus serving the greater Hartford Area. We bring together men of all ages to share the joys of singing in barbershop harmony, to develop their musical ability, and provide entertainment and community service for audiences throughout the area.
Meet our team
Sebastian Massa, Director
Being the youngest member of the chorus at 24 has its perks, but Sebastian Massa brings plenty of vocal experience to the Music Team. A 2014 Fordham graduate in Music, Sebastian enjoys singing all styles of music. He directed a vocal jazz ensemble, The Fordham Hot Notes, from 2011 to 2014. Highlights from his tenure include being invited to sing with the New York Festival Chorus at the 2014 Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center.
Sebastian has also done a good deal of barbershopping in the short seven years he's been a Society member. He has sung with the 2012 Northeastern District College Quartet Champions, Timely Gents, and is also the recipient of the 2012 District 5th place bronze, as well as the 2012 Yankee Division Championship. His quartet has also been invited to compete at the International level and made Top 20 Collegiate ranking in Portland, OR at the Society's International Convention and Contest. He currently sings with the 2017 Yankee Division Champions, 2017 Northeastern District Youth Champions, and 2017 Northeastern District Silver Medalist Quartet, Greenlight. Greenlight recently qualified to compete in the Next Generation Varsity Quartet Contest held in Orlando the first week of July. They are ranked third going into the contest.
Keith J. Bell, President
Keith J. Bell, CIC - President of Benefit Plans Unlimited, Inc., founded in 1987, is Director of Communication for Ameriben Alliance, LLC. Keith has over 24 years of experience in the employee benefit field serving in various management and sales and positions with employee benefit companies and insurance agencies. Keith is a licensed Certified Insurance Consultant in the State of Connecticut. Keith was an employee benefit consultant to several boards of education and municipalities throughout Connecticut, as well as for private industry. He is a past officer and board member of the Connecticut Benefit Brokers and the Connecticut Chapter National Association of Health Underwriters.
Keith is a Past President of The Bloomfield Rotary Club and The Insurance City Chorus. Keith is also Vice Chair of the Town of Bloomfield Filley Park Rehabilitation Committee. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and lives with his wife, Eleanor, in Bloomfield, CT. He enjoys playing golf, singing barbershop harmony and following his beloved New York Yankees.
George Burger, Director Emeritus (2007 - 2017)
After a decade of dedicated service to the Hartford Chapter, George hung up the pitch pipe as Musical Director in May, 2017. The Hartford Men in Harmony commend him for his leadership and thank him for his immense contributions to the artistic excellence of the chorus.