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Building Musicians: Resources for Learning Musicianship

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This regular series will examine different facets of building musicians in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for music teams and provide constructive solutions for singers. Personal Musicianship  Singers join our chapters for many reasons, but all share the love of singing barbershop chords. Some singers come to us with years of sing...
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Meaningful Gestures: Riser Placement

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This is the second article in a series for chorus directors and music teams. This article is a companion to a video that HU produced in 2016.   Barbershop chorus singing has two variables that have great effect on acoustic output: riser placement and venue. This article discusses the science behind riser placement. I make a distinction between formation (mixed parts vs. sectional) and placem...
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Reporting the Death of a Member

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When a member passes away, it is important to report to the Barbershop Harmony Society to ensure the member is recognized and honored. The primary responsibility for reporting falls to chapter secretaries and in general, chapter officers. But, any member may report the information.  To report a member's death, email the BHS Customer Service Team (customerservice@barbershop.org) or call 800.876.74...
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Vocal Health Series: Vocal Health Perceptions

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This regular series will examine facets of vocal health by which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers.  First, an understanding Vocal health has been a hot topic recently, thanks to high-visibility performers such as Adele, Sam Smith and Michael Buble...
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BHS moving toward direct deposit of chapter and district dues payments

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The Barbershop Harmony Society has been working toward a new system of payment for chapter and district dues. Some of you may be familiar with these efforts that we started over a year ago described as the ACH Transition Project. As you may know, the current traditional system we use consists of mailing dues checks quarterly. Then, the recipient has to take it upon themselves to deposit the check,...
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Meaningful Gestures: What They See Is What You Get

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Directors, have you wondered why your chorus sometimes seems out-of-sync or ragged? This choppiness might be something you’re demonstrating with your gesture, even though you might not be aware of it. This is due to something called mirror neurons. Mirror neurons are the brain cells that pick up on social and emotional cues from other humans. If someone is hurt or upset, we can usually tell jus...
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Seven methods to pay your dues… only one requires a computer!

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Of the seven available methods, six require no computer, six involve no additional fee, and three can be completed by mail for no additional cost once a form is printed.   Pay online at members.barbershop.org (no fee) Sign up for EZ Dues automatic monthly payments (no fee)* Send credit/debit card payment info by mail (no fee) Send credit/debit card payment info by FAX (no fee) Pr...
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Our busiest season is even busier in 2017!

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Have you contacted our Customer Service team at Harmony Hall lately? Based on our recent call volumes and email traffic, the answer is probably “YES!” --  we’ve seen a 95% increase in email messages and a 71% bump in calls over the past few months. This higher demand is likely due to several new initiatives announced, the Member Center transition, and the start of the fall convention season...
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Copyright 101

Copyright 101
Copyright 101Faculty: Janice Bane and Scott Harris One of the most frequent topics we hear about from members is Copyright. Our clearance expert and former Warner-Chapell employee Janice Bane is joined by longtime print music specialist and BHS Arranger & Repertoire Manager Scott Harris to explain some of the rules you need to know! They discuss clearing a new arrangement, guidelines for ba...
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Reminder for Chapters & Districts: Changing Dues Prices Online

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As a friendly reminder to Chapter & District Leaders, below is a brief tutorial on how to update the dues prices for your chapter or district for the upcoming year. If your chapter or district does not wish to change your dues prices, there is nothing else you need to do.  As a general reminder, it is not necessary to contact Society Headquarters to change your dues (Chapter or District) pric...
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