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One Month at a Time: Taking the stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen

Journalist Bill Lynch of the Charleston Gazette-Mail is breaking new ground in reporting on barbershop. We've seen many behind-the-scenes stories about contest prep before, but this appears to be the first time a reporter has embedded himself in a chorus and actually rehearsed several weeks with a goal of singing in a contest with them. In this second installment, Bill discovers the depth of emoti...
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Deke Sharon gives incredible keynote speech at Midwinter

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https://youtu.be/UufvNhiwwDg  Deke Sharon, the music director of the Pitch Perfect movie franchise as well as NBC's The Sing-Off, gave a powerful keynote address at the 2017 Midwinter Convention in San Antonio. The BHS Honorary Lifetime Member encouraged Barbershoppers to make audiences cry while singing a Polecat, addressed the issue of mixed singing, spoke about the importance of video in...
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The seder, the four children, and a barbershop quartet

With National Barbershop Quartet Day coinciding with the Passover observance, this story from the Times of Israel is timely. The author uses a barbershop quartet as a metaphor relating to the parental obligation to teach the younger generation about the Exodus: A useful framework for considering the Four Sons — and particularly the plight of the misunderstood Rasha — is the music of the barbersho...
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Rogue Valley Harmonizers step up to fill gaps in music education

No Strings Attached. Do what's needed. Start by listening. The Medford, Oregon, Rogue Valley Harmonizers have mastered key principles of outreach efforts over the past decade, and are making a lasting impact on students throughout their community, funded in part by grants from the Barbershop Harmony Society. This recent story in the Mail Tribune paints a beautiful picture of a committed group of ...
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Clipper City Chordsmen celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day

Our Society's April 11 birthday can be the occasion for nice bread-and-butter press coverage, like this article featuring the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Clipper City Chordsmen. The reporter nicely covers not only the history of the style and Society, but more importantly, the key emotional rewards of singing together:  Bruce Beyer points out that “For me, the camaraderie and friendship are the...
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One Month at a Time: Finding my voice with the Kanawha Kordsmen

We seldom see "embedded reporting" about barbershop, so we really love this writer's immersion into the barbershop experience with the Charleston, West Virginia, Chapter: More than a year ago, I stumbled into the idea of taking a month to explore a topic I didn’t know much about. One topic led to another and then another and so on. This series has taken me some interesting places. I’ve learn...
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Ragtime Gals Mix-A-Lot of genres with “Baby Got Back”

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https://youtu.be/6O86IC6ddm8?list=PLcwXdNVvSNbhL_M7kDRqAAgHb-LRZjcH5 Late night TV loves two things: rap and barbershop. While the first probably gets more total airtime, the latter has a powerful advocate in Jimmy Fallon, whose Ragtime Gals quartet has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The boys are at it one more time with a song that won Sir Mix-A-Lot th...
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WoodSongs featuring RINGMASTERS premiering on public television stations in April

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Ringmasters, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2012 International Quartet Champion, headlines a wide-ranging cast of barbershop performers on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Show, premiering in April on dozens of public television stations. Recorded live last July at the historic Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky, WoodSongs is a weekly celebration of Americana and roots music, and they were delighte...
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Celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day – April 11

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[raw] Your browser does not support the video tag. [/raw]   National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert Hall , the “Royal Keeper of the Minor Keys,” and O.C. Cash, “Third Assistant Temporary Vice Chairman” for a songfest. Subsequent gatherings snowballed, leading to...
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Champs win more fans for barbershop among choral directors

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“R -O-L-L AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY,” boomed Jim Henry, and the crowd of 2000 leapt to its feet applauding Crossroads. Ringmasters’ soaring tag of “bells bells bells of Notre Dame!” lifted the crowd to its feet again, one of six ovations for the two quartets that night. Pretty standard convention fare, right?   Except this convention was not a gathering of barbershop fans and friends, but rather t...
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