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Orlando Convention: Quartet opening rounds, Next Generation contest to be held in Linda Chapin Theater

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To provide a better experience for quartets and audience alike, some events at the 2018 International Convention in Orlando will take on a new look. We aim to optimize every performance by selecting right-sized halls for each event, so that performers can connect to audiences up close, and audiences get the best sound and sight lines possible. For 2018, that means we will stage the Quartet Quarte...
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BHS Contest Entry Using Barberscore: Information and Tutorials

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The Barbershop Harmony Society is utilizing a new platform called Barberscore for contest management and entry for all chapters and quartets for division, district, and international contests.    To better understand and be able to assist our members, please review the following resources: Barberscore FAQ for Competitors Contest Entry Tutorial for Quartets Contest Entry Tutorial for Choru...
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New stage options added to some quartet contests

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To all potential International Quartet Contest Competitors: As many of you are aware, we experimented with modifying the lighting and microphone setup for quartets at last year's International quartet contest in Las Vegas - designed to allow you to be more creative in your presentations. At our recent Midwinter meeting, the Society Contest & Judging Committee (SCJC) has now approved these enh...
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Barbershop Harmony Society announces convention locations for 2021, 2022, and 2023!

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The Barbershop Harmony Society is proud to announce our host cities for our International Conventions in 2021, 2022, and 2023. 2021 - Cleveland, OH 2022 - Charlotte, NC 2023 - Louisville, KY These cities rose to the top in a rigorous selection process that weighed the following criteria: Suitability of the venue(s) for events, including contests, shows, educational sessions, meetings, soci...
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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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BHS announces the 2018 contest qualification guidelines

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The Barbershop Harmony Society announces the qualification guidelines for our upcoming International Quartet and Chorus Competitions and Midwinter contest sessions.   International Quartet and Chorus Contests Orlando, Florida | July 2 - 8, 2018 Open Quartet Contest:  The automatic qualifying score will remain at 76%. There is no change to the qualification process for the 2018 contest. A...
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Next Generation Barbershop: The next evolution of BHS youth participation

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Youth contests evolve to include more singers, better serve various age ranges Outreach programs of the Barbershop Harmony Society will continue to grow and evolve in 2018 as we work to further expand our impact on young singers and educators. The coming year will see numerous changes and additions to our contest programming, plus some new activities still in development that will offer new paths...
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If you can’t sing in front of them, sit alongside them: judge along in the Best Seats In The House

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“That was an 86,” you whisper to your seatmate. “No way they don’t make the Ten.” The arena rustles with the sound of hundreds of similar whispered conversations. Everyone, it seems, is an expert. Yet the contest itself is decided by 15 pros sitting in the prime spot in front of the stage. How would your scores stack up? And how would it sound sitting in the Judging Area? Find out: Bid now for t...
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Search continues for old C&J Materials

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Kevin Keller loves the old songs, and the old judges, and the way the old judges judged the old songs in the old days. The past C&J Chair  is heading a team that is searching for old materials that help describe the evolution of our judging system. Says Kevin: I appreciate everyone’s help in trying to uncover old judging documents. We’re still in search of any materials to fill in gaps. As y...
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