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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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Harmony University is now accepting faculty applications for International!

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Last year, Harmony University  offered over 100 classes between Tuesday and Saturday at the Nashville Convention. Our second year of numerous classes was WILDLY popular and produced the largest number of students we have ever had at HU events during the convention! Classes were not just attended by our members... Sweet Adelines and Harmony, Inc., BHS afflilates, member family and friends, and even...
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Society presents Barbershop in a BIG way at ACDA National Conference next week

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Showcase concert appearances from Ringmasters, Crossroads, and Great Northern Union, reading sessions of barbershop music, and a clinic demonstrating the success of barbershop choruses in igniting the fire in younger singers will all take place at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference next week in Minneapolis. Who better than BHS to support the conference theme of “A Life O...
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BHS Seeking Applicants for Certified Leadership Facilitator Program

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The Barbershop Harmony Society continues to expand its education offerings, and seeks dynamic, effective facilitators to continue to support our chapters through “thought leadership”. The group of certified facilitators will be part of a talent pool entrusted with the new Healthy Chapter Initiative leadership materials which will circulate in district leadership academies and other special events ...
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Refreshed Tutorials for Chapter & District Leaders

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As a part of the Healthy Chapter Initiative, our team continues work on bringing education & leadership materials up-to-date for our Chapter & District Leaders.  Updated eBiz (members-only) tutorials are now included on the front page. These tutorials are the most commonly asked about, specifically in regards to updating an eBiz profile. For all Chapter & District Leaders, login to e...
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Harmony University brings 1,000 barbershop singers back to Nashville, July 24-30

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Education event builds on the 8,007 who attended barbershop international convention in Nashville earlier in July Quartets, choruses, teachers, directors, judges: more than 1,000 men and women of all ages gather for intensive courses in close-harmony a cappella Free festival performances across city on Saturday, July 30 -- www.barbershop.org/freeshow Free show featuring world-...
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