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Erik Dove hired as Chief Financial Officer

Erik Dove has been hired as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing strategic finance and legal issues for the Barbershop Harmony Society. An attorney and MBA, he brings critical experience in multiple industries in both the private and public sectors. His Board governance and legal experience stretches across education, arts, and business organizations, including several leadership roles as a Barbers...
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Donny Rose hired as Director of Harmony University

Donny Rose of Tacoma, Washington, has been hired as Director of Harmony University by the Barbershop Harmony Society. In this role, he will oversee educational programs and outreach for the 24,000-member men’s singing organization. His responsibilities will include expanding Harmony University to reach external audiences through distance learning; making available certification programs for a vari...
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Joe Cerutti to lead Youth in Harmony activities for Barbershop Harmony Society

Joe Cerutti of Alexandria, Virginia, has joined the music education team of the Barbershop Harmony Society overseeing Youth in Harmony and chorus director development activities. “Joe makes things happen,” said Society CEO Marty Monson. “He’s a shining example of the way that immersion in the barbershop world at a young age can transform a man’s life. His background as a college-age barbershop ...
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Making the music that’s making a difference – Keynote With Tim Sharp HU 2013

You’ve been hearing a lot lately about an increasing emphasis on extending our reach outside our own limitations. The Barbershop Harmony Society is uniquely positioned to become powerful advocates for music by collaborating with fellow travelers of all stripes. One strategic partnership that has been growing recently is with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA.) Dr. Tim Sharp delivere...
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Marty Monson named new Society CEO/Executive Director

The Barbershop Harmony Society is pleased to announce the appointment of its new CEO/Executive Director. Twenty-three-year member Martin “Marty” Monson was named to the post after an extensive search process conducted by the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Board of Directors and the search firm Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates. Nearly 60 candidates, many with extensive musical and association ...
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A young member’s big barbershop moment

Submitted by Andrew Shackleton, chairman of the Society's membership committee. I have a great little story to share with you. I was working with the Operations Team a few weekends ago at headquarters in Nashville. It was lunch time and we were just finishing our box lunch and chatting. Apparently Ed Watson was looking out the window and noticed a young couple peering into the front windows. Ed a...
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The First Ethic — is it first priority?

1. We shall do everything in our power to perpetuate the Society. All of us have a copy of the Society Code of Ethics on the back of our membership cards. How often do you read them? Are you clear on what they mean? I bring this up after talking to someone about relatively recent activities in his corner of the Society. I won't go into any details, but basically, some members were dissatisfied ...
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Cape Breton revisited: Try thinking smaller

About this time last year, I was putting together the Jan/Feb 2010 cover story about the Cape Breton, N.S. Chapter called “Thinking Big.” (Read the article here.) They grew from 12 men to 40 in less than a year, and I wanted the barbershop world to understand how, seeing as I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing that could help chapters or the Society at large. In hindsight, maybe I was...
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A $1 million check — what would you spend it on?

Imagine that a Society member or Associate was ready to write a million dollar check to Harmony Foundation.  But he or she needs a cause that they are certain would be a great investment.  Would YOU know what to tell them? I'm pretty sure I already know what Harmony Foundation would tell them. They already gave $450,000 to the Society in 2009  to fund our entire Youth in Harmony program and to ...
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Common attributes of successful chapters

Here's the chance to add/subtract or discuss the list on page 13 of the May/June 2010 issue of The Harmonizer. Apologies if you came to this site earlier and didn't find this post as mentioned in the magazine. I just came back from vacation to find that the printer had managed to mail the issue nearly a week earlier than scheduled -- I thought I was going to have a few more days to put this post...
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