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Meaningful Gestures: A Director’s Guide

Metropolitan Opera director Fabio Luisi
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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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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Structuring Effective Chorus Rehearsals

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Learn from classroom music teacher, chorus director, and BHS gold medal quartet singer, Theo Hicks, on how to plan and implement effective rehearsals for your barbershop group. Theo discusses how it is not just about the rehearsal, it revolves around the barbershop chapter experience and your singer’s ownership over their product. Great experiences and rehearsals blend art and science. This 23-m...
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House of Delegates Fall 2017 Video Address

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Dear Chapter and District Leaders, As you plan to attend your Fall District Conventions, I encourage you to schedule time to attend your House of Delegates meeting. It's your best opportunity to keep current on the ways your district leadership is supporting your chapter's efforts to be successful by your own definition. We've long been accustomed to sending out a written House of Delegates bull...
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Ambassadors of Harmony IN UNISON with community in Ferguson

MARCH 3, 2017, FERGUSON, MO.
The Ambassadors of Harmony and IN UNISON ensembles share the stage for an impactful version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” led by Brian Owens, Crossroads and The Fairfield Four.
In a city that many people associate with racial tension, singers gather to show how the universal language of music transcends barriers By Jeremy Gover Society A/V Manager -- jgover@barbershop.org According to Merriam-Webster, the word harmony means “the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord.” That’s how we, a community of artists inside the Barbershop Harmony Society, know...
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Building A Healthy Choral Ecosystem — New report now available!

Choral Ecosystem
To accomplish our aim of building a better world, singing, the Barbershop Harmony Society constantly works on collaborations with like-minded organizations who are building the field of choral singing.  A healthy choral ecosystem relies on conductors, composers, arrangers, educators, publishers, researchers, academics, public policy advocates, administrators, adjudicators and the music industry as...
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How to rehearse

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Every issue of The Harmonizer is packed with info and education, whether you sing in a chorus, quartet, direct, or just listen. This month, chorus directors are in the spotlight in the Harmony How-To feature, as Donny Rose take guides them through a great rehearsal. Chorus singers: you'll learn plenty by studying what a director is trying to acheive. Good followership is just as important as good ...
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Alexandria Harmonizers to present selections from I Am Harvey Milk at Convention

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After a successful and highly rewarding performance of this powerful piece, Musical Director Joe Cerutti shared some closing thoughts about the experience.  "I will never forget this week as long as I live. Rubbing elbows with artistic celebrities is probably what attracted us to accept this performance in the beginning, but the powerful message delivered through equally powerful music quickly ...
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You can help spread Barbershop in France!

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Our friends from the French Association of Barbershop Singers (FRABS!) have sent an update... and a simple request!Since we created the association (only one year ago), everything went so fast! We already have a couple of quartets going, a chorus project on the way in Paris, and some regular events planned. We meet as many Barbershoppers travelling to France as possible, and we definitely have...
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