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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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Discovering Hidden Member Talents…

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The Healthy Chapter Initiative has published a sample "Chapter Member Talent Survey" that chapters can utilize as a resource in discovering talents of their members.  Serving as a potential starting point for your nominating committee to dive into finding individuals to serve in various positions with your chapter, this also primarily serves as a tool in finding capabilities of your members to ma...
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Information for Members Crossing the Border for BHS Activities

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The Barbershop Harmony Society shares this information as a guide and is not an authority on, nor does it provide legal advice regarding, U.S. or Foreign Law.  Always consult with a professional when in doubt. For a Printable Version of this information, please CLICK HERE. This information is specific for members who are planning to or frequently attend meetings or conventions hosted by the Barbe...
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Financial Filings Coming Due for Chapters, Districts & Subsidiaries of BHS

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Have you already submitted your required IRS 990 or CRA Filings? THANK YOU! Many of our chapters, districts, and subsidiaries have already filed these reports but may not have reported to Society HQ. Filing these reports with the IRS, CRA, or other equivalent is not just a good idea; it is the law!    The Barbershop Harmony Society also requires reporting to the organization as a matter of compl...
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Selecting Repertoire

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How to select songs and arrangements that resonate with both performers and audiences By Theo Hicks, Lead of 2015 champion Instant Classic - thicks@anderson.edu Choosing songs and arrangements can be the most challenging part of singing in an ensemble. Whether you are preparing for a show, contest, or community singout, repertoire selection is usually the first and most important thing discussed...
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Chapter Guidelines for Conducting a Music Director Search

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Sooner or later every chapter/chorus will find it necessary to find a new music director. Many things can be done to maximize the probability of success in finding a director. We recognize that this isn’t always an easy process, but we hope these guidelines can help provide some suggestions around the process of a search. Important note: These guidelines are not intended to be a ‘checklist’ bu...
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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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Direct them to the dotted line… A Sample Contract for Chapter Music Leaders

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Most chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society have a music director for their chorus. BHS has provided a SAMPLE contract as a starting point for negotiations and conversations with your music leader. As with any type of contract, it may be appropriate for the chapter and the individual to negotiate amendments and modifications to suit their own circumstances. If either party is in doubt about ...
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