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Intro to Barbershop: Building a habitat for harmony

In your first year of barbershopping, you’ve been absorbing a tremendous volume of information. You’ve been learning the musical style, the nuances of performance, the many acronyms, and a few dozen baritone jokes. You may have had a chance to attend a convention, or sing in a major show, or even form a quartet. Many of the resources of the Barbershop Harmony Society are aimed at supporting you a...
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Best seats at the best prices: Early Bird sales open November 1

Be the first to claim awesome seats for the 2018 International Contests -- and the AIC Show! Registration opens Wednesday, November 1, 201712:00pm Central Daylight Time   You get first chance at in-demand seats! When online sales open on  November 1, you can register for some of the most desirable seats on the first day!   Early Bird pricing saves $60 per person Beginning Novemb...
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Spread the word about Next Generation events – download the posters

The energy and interest are starting to build for the Next Generation Barbershop Festival and Contests.  Full registrations are now open for 2018's  Varsity Quartet Contest and Varsity Chorus Invitational, and 2019's Junior Chorus Invitational. Trying to get something started in your school? Download these handy posters, print and hang.   Varsity Poster Download the Varsity 8.5" x 11" pos...
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Think You Can’t Sing? Science Doesn’t Believe You

These words break our hearts every time we hear them: "I’m tone deaf. I can’t sing." It’s usually accompanied by a smile or laugh, but the message is both clear and absolute. And wrong. A great story on Toronto's Ludwig-Van.com classical music site delves into the widely-held misconception that most people cannot sing.   “That’s a blatant lie.” Of all creative endeavours, singing is perhaps t...
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See generosity change lives in Foundation Annual Report

Donor dollars power the future of barbershop, and you can see how in the new Annual Report of Harmony Foundation International. You can gain insight into the breadth of programming supported by the generosity of donors, ranging from leadership education through the Healthy Chapter Initiative, to director scholarships to Harmony University, to our youth activities and Festivals. Take a minute to b...
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Apple Boys brings barbershop to the stage in November

Nearly sixty years after The Buffalo Bills made barbershop history in the premiere of The Music Man, a new show featuring a quartet has scheduled its New York theatre debut. The Apple Boys: A New Barbershop Quartet Musical will premiere on Wednesday, November 8th at Ars Nova, a midtown theater known for presenting new work. (Sorry, both performances are already sold out!) Featuring an original sc...
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Mike Rowe is “Returning The Favor” to an inspiring music educator

A music educator once changed the course of Mike Rowe's life, and in his new Facebook video series, he pays tribute to another influential teacher in a big way. When health issues forced world-class trumpeter Tim Wilson to give up a performance career, he turned to teaching, and gave his talents and treasure to an instrumental music program in an impoverished school district. Mike sought him ou...
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Intro to Barbershop: Launching the Next Generation of barbershop singers

In your first year as a Barbershopper, the entire world seems ready for harmony. The puzzled stares people throw as you hum along to your bari learning track while riding the bus now seem quaint, not embarrassing. You’ve become adept at explaining to airport security that the metallic disc in your carry-on brings harmony, not harm. Regretting that you hadn’t started barbershopping years earlier, y...
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Why you should make a nomination for the BHS-NAfME Music Educator Award

Music gives meaning to life, and our visible support for music in our communities should begin with the people on the front lines: the music educators who each day awaken the music within school children. Although our mantra in the Outreach area is “Music-Money-Men,” we should always keep in mind that these resources are all in the service of the fourth M: MEANING. To bring that meaning to the fo...
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