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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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Intro to Barbershop: Fuel for your barbershop fire!

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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NAfME joins with Society to honor life-changing music educators

The Barbershop Harmony Society works to build an awareness of the intrinsic value of singing and provide inclusive opportunities to participate in the joy of harmony. In partnership and collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), an annual award has been established to honor educators who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that ...
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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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Intro to Barbershop: Performing for audiences, judges, and the barbershop community

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Getting together with your quartet or chorus each week to sing is a pretty rewarding experience in itself, but most Barbershoppers like to perform for an audience -- any audience. Public performance and competition provide worthy goals, benchmarks to strive toward, and the rewards of applause, recognition and the exhilaration of a job well done. No matter the ensemble, your performance career u...
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