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Sing the songs we’re teaching the teachers

One facet of the Society's growing partnership with the American Choral Directors Association is presenting music-reading sessions at ACDA Division Conventions across the continent. Music educators get acquainted with a wide range of barbershop music suitable for their classrooms, which feeds excitement for the style, and incidentally, sells plenty of sheet music. Want to collaborate with a loc...
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“Free” is always “Welcome”

Lest anyone forget, the Society offers a wealth of sheet music at NO CHARGE to members and fellow travelers. Always with an eye to Keep the Whole World Singing, let's not a buck stand between a prospective singer and a taste of chord happiness. This month's offering, "Welcome Song," is just what it claims to be: a gathering song to welcome singers to our meeting, our culture, our world of barber...
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New tunes for Singing Valentines

For many chapters, Singing Valentines are the biggest fundraiser of the year. Certainly, they're a wonderful opportunity to embarrass complete strangers, take pictures, and make people cry (but for good reasons.)   My Honey's Lovin' Arms is a quintessential Don Gray arrangement. It's peppy, joyous, and fun from start to finish. Plenty of noteworthy quartets have sung this over the years, an...
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Singing Mr. Disney

Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney's effort to create Mary Poppins, opens nationwide this weekend (Dec. 20). The film tells the story of the tough courtship between Disney (Tom Hanks) and Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson) and the story-telling/songwriting efforts of Robert and Richard Sherman. We thought it might be fun to look at some the famous songs from the movie. Chim Chim Cher-ee,...
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Take your family and friends Christmas Caroling

'Tis the season when even "non-singers" find themselves singing. Yuletide Favorites has fifteen seasonal tunes, all easy to sing and harmonize, and perfect for your holiday fun. You might use these familiar favorites to: Reinvigorate the neighborhood tradition of caroling door-to-door. Enjoy some family caroling at home on Christmas Eve. Throw together a quartet from church choir to perform a...
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Bird is the Word

Culinary experts in the Music Publishing wing of Harmony Hall assure us these are perfectly acceptable substitutes for turkey. One is in good taste, one is in bad taste, but we hope you have something tasty for the stomach and the repertoire. Any sheet of music headed by "composed by the Sherman Brothers, arranged by Walter Latzko" merits your attention. "Feed the Birds," from Disney's Mary Poppi...
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There’s a SONG for that tag?

It's getting late, and poor cell reception in that perfectly resonant stairwell means you can't summon a hot new tag from barbershoptags.com, but you're still aching to sing a few more. Back to the classics: a loud one, "BE-HIND!" and a soft one, "foolish over you." Plenty of us are content with the tags, unaware that there's an actual song for these beauties. Check these out: "When I Leave The...
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Classics reclassified

Revisit these Christmas Classics with new learning tracks by master track maker Tony DeRosa. three-time gold medal quartet singer, all-star coach, Order of Merlin first class, etc. "White Christmas" -- Irving Berlin's classic, for many decades the top-selling record in history. A warm, velvety tune in a great setting by Tom Gentry. "Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" -- A cozy little song to encourage ...
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Here’s to the winners: charts by champs

Good coaches will always tell you, "Don't pick songs because champs sang them; pick them because YOU can sing them." That noted, it's always nice to look at material created by some of our finest performers and arrangers. This week, we look at pieces by two men who are both quartet champs, both champion chorus directors, and both innovators in music and performance. No surprise, then, that their ...
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Learning tracks: Too much of a good thing?

There can be too much of a good thing, and learning tracks are one of those things. Look, we sell learning tracks here at the Society, and some awesome musicians among us are creating masterpieces. They can be really helpful for learning. But has the pendulum swung too far? I’ve seen chapters scrap songs that were perfect for them, and only because there wasn’t a learning track available! I f...
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