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Barbershop champs star in New Zealand singing show “The Naked Choir”

The path from high school quartet singers to world champs is already well-known to Barbershoppers, but now New Zealand television viewers have gotten a heaping dose of our pals from Musical Island Boys.  TVNZ's The Naked Choir, an a cappella singing show, featured tenor Jeff Hunkin as host and bass Matt Gifford as a judge in the recently concluded series. Along the way, they shared their storie...
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Westchester magazine raises the bar for addressing your audience

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Professional layout and design, "insider" feature content, and loads of advertising combine to make the Westchester Chordsmen's Overtones magazine a model to emulate. The full-size magazine format allows plenty of space for a clean, airy presentation, and showcases the numerous advertisers to best advantage. Evergreen content covers the chapter's active performance schedule, outreach activities, ...
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Quartet resource project needs your insights

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Quartet singing lives at the heart of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and a new project aims to inject additional vigor and resources into the formation and continued growth of quartets. The initial research phase begins this month with a brief survey of existing male quartets regarding their activities/needs. The scope extend beyond BHS-registered quartets to include casual quartets, non-registe...
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Grand Ole Opry House to host 2019 Midwinter convention

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Music City will again host a major gathering of close-harmony singers, when the Nashville-based Barbershop Harmony Society welcomes more than 2,000 guests to its Midwinter Convention, January 22-27, 2019. The Midwinter Convention celebrates the intergenerational appeal of a cappella singing, with major events that include an International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival and the International Sen...
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Using Music To Boost Hearing In Noisy Environments

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Careful listening and pitch training may help reduce the effects of hearing loss, according to research at Ryerson University in Toronto. ...[O]ne way we follow a particular voice is by locking onto its pitch, allowing us to use frequency as an anchor. "When we're listening to voices and speech, there's a frequency trail we can follow, but it's often buried under a din of noise. But if our brains...
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Month 5: Fuel for your barbershop fire: where to find sheet music, CDs, training materials, and more

So you show up at barbershop chorus rehearsal, and someone hands you a folder full of music. “Let’s get started,” says the director, looking sharp in his polo with the Barbershop Harmony Society emblem over the heart. “Pitch, please.” A reedy B-flat is sounded, and off you  go. Where did all that barbershop stuff come from? The music, the clothes, the pitch pipe -- where? Like any sport, the bar...
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Sing with the Champs in a whole new way

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The AlC is excited to announce a new & improved Sing With The Champs event for this year's convention in Las Vegas - and you're invited! Please join us on Friday evening, July 7, from 10:00pm - 12:00am in the Wilshire Ballroom at the Planet Hollywood hotel immediately following the conclusion of the chorus contest. What is "new & improved" about SWTC 2.0? Let us tell you! It's Free! - ...
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How Communal Singing Disappeared From American Life – The Atlantic

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Barbershoppers can sometimes take for granted the easy joy of singing together.  We get to do it every week. When we gather at conventions, we no longer marvel at a lobby full of people making music just for grins. But as this chestnut from The Atlantic points out, Adults in America don't sing communally. Children routinely sing together in their schools and activities, and even infants have sin...
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Fun & Free Things to Do in Las Vegas Right Now

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The travel section on Thrillist puts it succinctly: Everybody wants free stuff -- especially in Las Vegas. Regrettably, the days of wildly cheap buffets and gratuitous drinks at casinos are pretty much long gone. But here's the good news: There's still a little bit of free fun to be had in Las Vegas. You just gotta know where to look. Read more: Fun & Free Things to Do in Las Vegas Right Now...
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