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Recorded Feedback

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Digital technology makes it easy to provide custom feedback to individual singers As seen in the March/April issue of The Harmonizer, page 28.  By Dr. Jay Butterfield, Musical Director, Parkside Harmony chorus, jvbbbs1@gmail.com   About 20 years ago, when I was director of the Chorus of The Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., we instituted an effective vocal feedback program—effective, but al...
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Breathe life into your singing

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As seen in the March/April 2017 issue of The Harmonizer, page 24. By Debra Lynn, debralynn.vocalcoaching@gmail.com Bel canto (Italian for “beautiful singing” ) was the standard of singing technique from 1800 to about 1840, and is primarily concerned with upper body engagement, creating a clear, concentrated, free, resonant tone without force of any kind. Many other singing techniques have come s...
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What does it mean to sing in tune?

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A quick lesson in physics teaches how to hear when you are totally locked in - By Jay Dougherty, Asst. Professor, Director of Choices and Choral Activities, Marietta College - jmdougherty@gmail.com Barbershoppers are ear singers. We sing and tune by ear, so why do so many of us often sing out of tune? Perhaps a more pertinent question would be, “What does in tune actually mean?” Are we singing i...
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Selecting Repertoire

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How to select songs and arrangements that resonate with both performers and audiences By Theo Hicks, Lead of 2015 champion Instant Classic - thicks@anderson.edu Choosing songs and arrangements can be the most challenging part of singing in an ensemble. Whether you are preparing for a show, contest, or community singout, repertoire selection is usually the first and most important thing discussed...
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Vocal Care for Senior Singers

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Keep your voice in top shape by NOT treating it like you used to - By Jim DeBusman, retired BHS music staff - jdebusman@att.net Keeping yourself active through singing has the power to heal and stimulate your mind and body. There are so many of us out there today who have been helped with our bronchitis, asthma and other forms of breathing issues because we sing. Follow the below steps to mainta...
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Deke believes – what our newest Honorary Life Member has to say about our future

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Check out the May/June issue of The Harmonizer, now online at issuu.com.  Highlights: Deke Sharon, the godfather of contemporary a cappella, is our newest Honorary Lifetime Member. Learn why he's so bullish on the future of barbershop harmony. Instant Classic won gold with an incredible lock and ring and a deep connection with the audience. Learn how they accomplished both. One of our best ...
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Alexandria Harmonizers prepare to sing with Kristin Chenoweth, Andrew Lippa this weekend

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Thoughts from Alexandria Harmonizers director Joe Cerutti, as the chorus prepares for an new artistic adventure this weekend: Today we begin our final week of rehearsals for I Am Harvey Milk, with award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, renowned singer and actor Kristin Chenoweth, and the National Philharmonic under the baton of Joel Fram. To say that I've been anticipating this week wou...
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Your stories: How are you making a difference?

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  Together, Making the Music That's Making A Difference. It's a theme you've heard a lot about over the past few years. It embodies our commitment to core values of changing lives through harmony, of being genuine in our passion (singing) and compassion (connecting to others.) We often showcase stories in The Harmonizer magazine, and via other publications. But we know there's so much mor...
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Read the convention issue and share your favorite stories online

The Sept/Oct issue of The Harmonizer – the CONVENTION ISSUE – is almost in the mail. But if you don’t want to wait until the last week of October to read it, read the whole thing now at issuu.com. No password is required, but if you create an account or login with Facebook, you can clip articles or spreads and send them to your friends or your Facebook feed. Share your barbershop passion with ever...
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New this month: CEO column via YouTube

A few months back, as our esteemed colleague built up a head of steam and started pacing back and forth during a staff meeting, we realized something: Marty Monson is so good when he's speaking to a group, we no longer need him to write a column in the magazine. From now on, we just need to clip on a mic and let the man do his thing. Hence this issue’s debut of the CEO column via YouTube. Marty...
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