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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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Spring Convention update: March 19 – 21

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It was a busy barbershop weekend for several Districts! Check out the links below to see scoring summaries...      Cardinal District  District Seniors Quartet Champion: Sound Reunion Plateau AAA Most Improved Chorus:  Magic City Music Men (Muncie, IN)Plateau AAAA Most Improved Chorus:  Valleyaires  (South Bend Mishawaka, IN) District Plateau AAA Champion:  Magic City Music Men (Muncie, IN)Dis...
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BHS judge applications open to women in 2016

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During the recent Midwinter convention in Reno, our Society Board of Directors voted on and approved an SCJC proposed rule change to allow for BHS Associates (women) to become certified BHS judges. The former rule limited judges to BHS Members, thus excluding women. Several years ago, the SBOD allowed for women to participate in BHS contests as chorus directors. Similarly, this new rule now allows...
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Trio of gold medalists headline concert in Germany… and you can watch ONLINE!

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Ambassadors of Harmony, Crossroads, and Double Date head to Germany and the BING (Barbershop In Germany) convention in just a few short weeks. This roster of gold medalists headline the finale show... and you can watch LIVE!  Three local groups are preparing to travel to Munich, Germany in early March to perform in Barbershop Musikfestival 2016. The main event of the biennial festival is the Wo...
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Presentation Category prepares evolution to Performance Category

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The Presentation Category may soon be the Performance Category. The proposed name change would mark a major update in the way performances are scored and evaluated, with a renewed emphasis on what today’s audiences consider most entertaining. The full story is coming in the forthcoming November 2015 issue of The Harmonizer, but you can read the complete DRAFT category description for the proposed ...
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In Memoriam: Charlie Cawley

-submitted by Bill Colosimo As many of you likely know, for many years the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest was sponsored by MBNA, then the largest credit card issuing bank in the world. When MBNA was acquired by Bank of America, the latter continued its sponsorship until recent years, specifically as a result of the acquisition agreement. (The Contest is now sponsored by our o...
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Quartet registrations take time – get moving in time for contest

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The hard-working Customer Service Center team reminds us that fall contest season usually means a crush of activity from quartet and chorus competitors. Processing applications and quartet registrations for all of our members does take time, so plan ahead! Helpful Tips: Ebiz – The online Members Only website is your tool to check on the status of membership applications, renewals, and new or r...
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Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest evolves with changes for 2016

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  Looking outward to serve more singers A primary activity of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s outreach programs is to create festivals and competitions where young people participate in memorable barbershop experiences that encourage more young people to sing. In lively public debates, quiet chats over coffee, and many years of dialogue with members, past participants, and music educators, we h...
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Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest registration is now open

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Four men, singing a cappella barbershop harmony, in front of an audience. That’s all it takes to get started in a fun and exciting form of music that can take you literally around the world and change your life forever. Registration and entry forms are now online for the next season of the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest, sponsored by Harmony Foundation International. Yep, the name and image h...
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