Shrine Chanters Association International is the Governing Board of the Shrine Chanters of North America, and Shrine Chanters International. We were known as SCAONA, Shrine Chanters Association of North America, for many years and then, in recent years it was changed to SCAI.
There are several Regional Chanter Associations through out North america, but not all units are active members of SCAI. We hope with the NEW SCAI website that more Chanter units will get on board and be involved with the Imperial Sessions Chanter Competition held once a year.
Great Group of Brothers singing songs that will please crowds both young and old.
The Chanters were chartered in 1924 for the purpose of organizing singing Nobles to perform choral presentations and entertainment at ceremonial functions. The Chanters also provide music and entertainment at memorial services, the Shrine Circus, other Masonic bodies and community functions as publicity agents for the Temple.
The Chanters perform regularly in local areas such as retirement homes, Masonic Lodges, Eastern Star Chapters and malls.
The desire, and not necessarily the great ability, to sing is the singular requirement of members of the Chanters Unit. The Chanters are not “musicians” and most cannot read music. Most can generally carry a tune and enjoy singing in a group. Performance dress is provided.
The Syria Shriners Chanters were organized in 1928 and replaced a large male chorus that had its beginning in 1890. The Chanters come from all walks of life and few have had professional training but they all love to sing. In addition to the Annual Syria Memorial Service and the Annual Concert with the Syria Band and Syria Highlanders, the Chanters participate in many community parades and present concerts for civic and fraternal events to raise money for our Shriners Hospitals.
The Rajah Chanters is the only choral music group within Rajah Shrine. It was organized in 1945 when Noble Jack Mumma was the Illustrious Potentate of Rajah. Early records indicate there were approximately seventy singers – a combination of Shrine Chanters and the Consistory Choir members. Rajah Chanters have come a long way in 70+ years; from a few Shrine and Singing Chanter Consistory appearances to dozens of appearances a year which have taken the Chanters from New England to Florida, and from Atlantic seacoast to beyond the Mississippi.
The Murat Chanters is the official Men’s Chorus of the Murat Shrine. The Chorus sings for events of the Murat Shrine such as the Murat Shrine Circus, Murat Shrine Ceremonials and the Murat Potentate’s Ball. The Chorus performs for various groups as well. Every year, the Chanters present an annual Men’s Show which features the music of the Murat Chanters and entertaining comedy.
The El Riad Chanters won the 2004 international gold medal in chorus competition held July 5, 2004 in Denver, CO. They first achieved this honor during the 2002 International Shrine meeting in Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada and again at the 2003 at Minneapolis, MN Imperial competition. That being the third consecutive year the Chanters had won the top international award, the Chanters’ unprecedented achievement enabled the chorus to permanently retire this international traveling trophy.
The Yelduz Chanters are a group of ecumenical Christian men from all over eastern South Dakota. We love to sing and more importantly we love to use our music to spread the word about the twenty-two Shriners Hospitals for Children that are operated by Shriners International.
These hospitals help any child, under age eighteen, that has a need of burn, orthopedic, cleft lip & palate, or spinal cord injury care and services. These services are offered without regard to the patient’s ability to cover the costs of services.