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BHS judge applications open to women in 2016

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

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

  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

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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Swedish quartet captures college barbershop championship

Swedish quartet captures college barbershop championship That good old-fashioned American tradition, the barbershop quartet, has left the continent. Trocadero, a quartet from Sweden, beat out 23 other young quartets from around the world to capture the college championship Tuesday evening in Pittsburgh, leading a foreign takeover of the collegiate division. Four of  the top five quartets haile...
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News from Abroad: A barbershopper’s visit in Wales

Music Category Specialist Paul Wigley thought he was just attending a judging seminar for our barbershop brothers and sisters in the UK. That simple trip expanded dramatically once he decided to add Wales to his schedule! Paul writes: "I have a lot of relatives in Wales, and when I added that to my itinerary, the next thing I knew I was doing a workshop in Caernarfon, Wales, at the Canolfan Gerdd...
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Judging Categories: Choose your depth of study

Whether you need a cursory overview or a plunge into the depths of judging, your Society Contest and Judging Committee hopes to make it easier to understand the judging system. Committee Chair Kevin Keller introduces some new ways to learn about what those judges are really looking for: Have you ever thought “what in the heck does that category actually judge?”?  Other than a brief paragraph of...
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