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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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Insurance Coverage for BHS Chapter Owned Property

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The Society has worked out an arrangement to offer insurance coverage for chapter-owned property.   Coverage is available at various levels; property covered includes risers, uniforms, audio and visual equipment and all the normal paraphernalia needed to operate the chapter.   If your chapter has property and you wish to participate in this program, complete the enrollment form and return to t...
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Revised BMI/SESAC Show Clearance Form for U.S. Chapters

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The Barbershop Harmony Society has updated our Application for Show Clearance: BMI & SESAC License Form and is now available for download on our Society online Document Center. The general form updates are reflective of what our current process is for processing show clearance requests as an organization, alongside your District Leadership. We're happy to report that rates for a BMI/SESAC Sho...
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House of Delegates Bulletin – Spring 2017

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Our Society grows when chapters grow, so we are investing today for your success. Our growth investments in programs, volunteer leadership, personnel and strategic planning over the past year have been unprecedented. We have added dedicated resources to support the life of our chapters through the Healthy Chapter Initiative. We’ve completed a sweeping effort to understand our past and presen...
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Your Chapter and the BHS Standard Chapter Bylaws

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As you likely know, every chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society follows a set of Standard Chapter Bylaws as updated and edited by the Society Board of Directors. Simply, when an update is made to the document, it automatically becomes effective to all chapters.  While changes are infrequent, it's important that you and your chapter remain up-to-date. When a change is made, an email is always s...
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Updated Training Manual for Chapter Secretaries

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Our new Chapter Secretary Manual is available for all new and veteran chapter secretaries.  Through the Society's Healthy Chapter Initiative (HCI), we've solicited content experts who have served as chapter or district secretaries.   The Chapter Secretary Manual no longer has a sister document which was called the "Exhibits Manual". We've consolidated the general manual and exhibits manual to in...
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