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Copyright 101

Copyright 101
Copyright 101Faculty: Janice Bane and Scott Harris One of the most frequent topics we hear about from members is Copyright. Our clearance expert and former Warner-Chapell employee Janice Bane is joined by longtime print music specialist and BHS Arranger & Repertoire Manager Scott Harris to explain some of the rules you need to know! They discuss clearing a new arrangement, guidelines for ba...
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Faculty applications open for Harmony University 2018!

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  Harmony University is looking for a few good teachers!      We are now accepting applications for Harmony University 2018! Our week-long event will be once again held at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee, from Sunday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 29th, 2018.   As we have done for several years, applications are open to the general public. Even if you were not selected in the past, y...
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Certified Leadership Facilitators Commissioned at Harmony University 2017

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As a part of the recent Harmony University 2017, the Barbershop Harmony Society certified five new Leadership Facilitators, whose purpose is to serve as a community of trained experts who are passionate about making a difference through thought leadership.    The Certified Leadership Facilitator program is one of the components under the volunteer arm Leadership Operations Project Team (LO...
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HU Keynote: Kurt Heinecke – Fun music that’s not a joke!

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A lifetime of studying various musical styles took 2017 HU keynote speaker Kurt Heinecke down a wildly unexpected path. For over two decades, Kurt and a few of his imaginative “crazy” friends found themselves at the creative heart of an incredibly popular children’s computer-animated video series and International sensation called Veggie Tales, regularly using their own musical backgrounds to brea...
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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...
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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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