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See it all on the Society calendars

There's barbershop everywhere, folks, and if you're only seeing what's in front of you on a Tuesday nights, you're missing oodles of chances to have fun singing. Sure, you might know about your own District convention this fall -- but what about the next district over, a mere 150 miles? You could be singing and tagging through the night, with no rehearsals in the morning! Skedaddle! You may be wo...
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Place your bid for the Best Seat In The House

Most Barbershoppers think they can score contests as well as the judges. Now you can prove it -- from the vantage point of the judging area itself! This Fall, Harmony Foundation and the Contest & Judging program are teaming up to auction off a single seat at each & every contest session, including Division, District, Prelims and International. So if you’ve ever wanted to test out your ju...
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Buzz down to St. Joe to catch Ringmasters this weekend

  Saturday, August 3th, 8:00pm at Historic Missouri Theater, Downtown St. Joseph, MO Don't miss this fantastic concert featuring the awesome 2012 International Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champion, Ringmasters! Also appearing will be: The Next Gen Chorus directed by Joe Cerutti and Kirk Young The Directors Chorus  directed by Don Campbell and Kirk Young Central Standard Chorus d...
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Yes, you can get to Carnegie Hall (and yes, you will have to practice)

Historic Carnegie Hall is known worldwide as one of America’s most prestigious concert venues for both classical and popular music. This year, it will host two superb barbershop concerts in the span of less than a month. Lest there be any confusion, both are supported and promoted by the Barbershop Harmony Society. Both offer opportunities for Barbershoppers to sing on the famous stage; and both...
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Barbershop Festival 2013 – Manhattan Concert Productions

Barbershop Festival 2013 Celebrate 75 years of Barbershop Harmony in America at Carnegie Hall, New York City this December. The Barbershop Festival is designed for qualified barbershop harmony chorus singers to collaborate on a selection of barbershop songs under the direction of renowned Barbershop specialist – Mark Fortino.  Participating singers will experience rehearsals and performance wit...
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Audience Behavior at Contest: Cheer and Holler or Simply Applaud?

Yea, I know, who cares?  Right? BUT...As a competitor, judge, and staff guy, I get around to many contests each year in several different districts and I always find it interesting how varying barbershop audiences can be with the way they welcome the competitors to the stage.  (more…)
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Midwinter Renaissance: 3rd Year and Counting! (Or: Why the International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival Rocks!)

Here we are six weeks away from the Midwinter Convention in Tampa, Fla. (January 28-31, 2010) and we’re headed towards what looks to be our largest attended Midwinter ever. As of this morning we are sitting at 1210 registrations! Last year at this time we were at 893 registrations and by the time everything was said and done we had 1291 folks in Pasadena. Where will Tampa finish? Come on and fin...
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Music we hear in contests

I have been musing about the variety of music we hear on the International stage and how much of it is, well, not so good. I don't mean it's not performed well - of course it's performed well, these are the best practitioners of our style in the world! I mean it's not all the very best music. Seems that, in an effort to do something unique, many of our competitors find some obscure song no one's d...
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Dapper Dans of Disneyland to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Anaheim Convention

The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet has been performing at Disneyland in Anaheim, California since 1959. That makes this year their 50th Anniversary in show business. To help commemorate this milestone and because the Dans have touched so many lives for so many years, the Barbershop Harmony Society will be presenting the Dans with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday night July 4, in front of a...
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