Chris Nimmer became interested in singing barbershop when he graduated college, but
didn't actively begin looking for a chorus until he moved to Green Bay. He
had a dickens of a time finding anyone who knew anything about a barbershop
group in the area. Then while working with Brian O'Neil (GQ4 tenor) at
American Medical Security (AMS) in the early 1990s, the topic of
barbershopping happened to come up in conversation. Chris told Brian that he was
interested in finding a chorus and Brian replied "I sing with the Baylander
Chorus, here in Green Bay, would you like to join me as a guest at our next
rehearsal?". Chris said "Absolutely!" and the rest is history.
Chris has been singing barbershop since 1994 and has really enjoyed it. Once he
got some chorus time under his belt, three fellow members asked him if he
wanted to join them in a "pick-up" quartet to entertain the tour groups who
travel to the chapter's spring show on coach buses. Chris said "Absolutely!" once again
and his quarteting career took off with the Generation Gap. "The Gap"
entertained crowds from 1995-2000. In 2000, Chris was very happy to participate in the creation of GQ4.
Quarteting has been a truly rewarding experience for Chris. It's definitely
the icing on the barbershop cake for him. Singing in the community for
groups as large as 38,000 and as small as 1, in shows and on very special
occasions for the listeners (anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's day, work
parties, wedding receptions, recognition dinners, sporting events,... the
list goes on) has shown him that barbershop is very much alive and can touch
the hearts of many, as it has for so many years.
Chris currently sings with the Fox Valleyaires barbershop chorus in
Appleton, Wisconsin. He previously sang with the Baylander Chorus in Green
Bay, Wisconsin, and is thankful for the friendships and camaraderie he
shared with so many members of the chorus that gave him his start in
When asked what he enjoys most about GQ4, Chris says "It gives me a chance
to show the younger generations that singing four-part harmony can be fun,
quite inexpensive (only voices are needed), and that you don't have to be
'old' to sing barbershop. At a recent sing-out a group of teenage boys came
up to us after hearing our version of 'In the Still of the Night' and said
"You guys are the coldest!". I couldn't help but think what an awesome
compliment that was. Barbershop harmony is the coldest!".
Keep a smile on your face, and a song in your heart!