In Memoriam



The Racing City Chorus has lost more than a dear friend. George "Guv" Wallace was the Racing City Chorus; it was as much a part of him as he was of it. He was known only as "Guv", but that simple name, and his gentle smile, came to be known as the public face of the RCC. He was our identity to the Barbershopping community. To our clients, he was our agent and “front man.” He was also our ambassador to the Chamber of Commerce, the public, and potential members, to whom he offered countless business cards, directing them to “call Guv,

Yes, he was more than a caring friend to each and every member. He was the welcomer for every visitor, candidate or Barbershopper he met. He nourished relationships and cared for people. His tireless efforts were a large part of how the Racing City Chorus has continued to grow.

Guv was our moral, ethical and business compass, but more than that he was a true lifelong, performer, Barbershopper and our friend.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Carol, Adam and the family.  George Wallace gave so much and asked so little. He is missed.

God Bless You Guv.



George "Guv" Wallace Obituary (Albany Times Union August 6, 2014)

Wallace, George "Guv" CLIFTON PARK George "Guv" Wallace, 66, of Clifton Park, passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014, while in Virginia Beach, Va. Born in Hudson, he was the son of the late George E. and Beulah Wallace. He was a 1965 graduate of Ockawamic Central School and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from SUNY-Albany. He was also a member of the TXO fraternity. Guv was a professional secondary school educator in the Cohoes city school system for 30 years. Guv was an avid Yankees fan and recorded precious moments and memories with his photography skills. He was a 44-year member of the Racing City Chorus and Barbershop Harmony Society. He served as the chorus vice president of marketing and public relations. He especially enjoyed singing in choral competitions throughout the United States and entertained the public in concerts, parades, at First Nights in Saratoga, and delivered many singing Valentines in a quartet. He was the beloved husband of Carol for 40 years, father of Adam Wallace and brother Gary (Mary) Wallace. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Lillian Shyptycki; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Susanne Charos, Janet (Rae) Johnson, Mary (Gary) Wallace and Joel (Lynn) Shyptycki. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Ryan, Matthew, Jennifer, Karyn, Kristen, Ashley, Heather, Jaclyn, Cristina and great- niece and nephews, Jonathan, Eamon, Parker, Josephine and Colton. Calling hours will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park. A service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Glenville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Racing City Chorus of Saratoga, P.O. Box 713, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. To express condolences, please visit

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Welcome to the Racing City Chorus Website!

Racing City Chorus is an extraordinary group of gentlemen who gather together in celebration of the artform known as barbershop music. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.


Our director is Rich Gervais who inspires us to reach new heights with each performance. We can be heard throughout the year, singing for civic and charitable organizations, private groups, churches, community events, parades and fundraisers.


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         The award-winning sounds of the Racing City Chorus will be heard at various downtown Saratoga Springs locations on Thursday evenings during the thoroughbred race season as RCC presents “Barbershop on Broadway.” Now in its fifth year, the chorus’s sidewalk mini-concerts entertain visitors and al fresco diners with four-part harmony in the traditional American barbershop style and will include popular music, show tunes, and patriotic songs.

               We thank our Sponsors for Barbershop on Broadway including Boca Bistro, The Stadium Café, Crafters Gallery, Max London’s, Mrs. London’s Bakery and Cafe, Circus Café, The Crown Grill, Kilwins, Northshire Bookstore, and the Olde Bryan Inn.

Performances are on Thursdays, July 24 & 31 and August 7, 14, 21, & 28 at the following locations:


6:30 p.m. Boca Bistro

6:55 pm   The Stadium Café

7:20 pm   Crafters Gallery

7:40 pm   Max London’s/Mrs. London’s Bakery and Cafe

8:05 pm   Circus Café/The Crown Grill

8:25 pm   Kilwins/Northshire Bookstore

8:55 pm   Olde Bryan Inn

Racing City Chorus to sing National Anthem at ValleyCats game.

 ValleyCats logo 3 The Tri-City Valley Cats will be the defending champions of the New York/Penn League this season.  The Racing City Chorus has been invited to sing at the Joe Bruno Stadium on the HVCC campus on Friday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m., and it will be an Oktoberfest Celebration.  After the game against the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), there will be a Diamond Dig where single ladies get to dig for a diamond around home plate using spoons.  After the gem is located by one of the lucky participants, fireworks will light up the sky.  Needless to say, a large crowd is anticipated with RCC enhancing the festivities, with the National Anthem and God Bless America. 


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Rehearsals: Tuesday 7 pm

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Where do you like to sing?  Come and be a part of a

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We love to entertain by putting on our own musical events each year for the community, our friends, and families. We deliver Singing Valentines, and in an effort to stay committed to singing and performing at the highest level possible, we compete from time to time in divisions and district competitions.


Please contact us to sing at your next special event!

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About The Racing City Chorus

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About Barbershop

Find out more about this amazing, original artform and our organization.



Our Quartets

Racing City Chorus has a number of great quartets. Check them out!


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See Our Chorus!

Click here for a slide show of pictures of the Racing City Chorus over the years.


Fun Information

 Did you ever wonder why men's barbershop music is written on the treble and bass clef while the notes actually sung are really bass clef notes?  Below is the first line of My Wild Irish Rose written as actually sung with the tenor part in black, the lead in red, the bari in green and the bass in blue!  Now you know.


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