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Changing lives: an unforgettable meeting with Martin Luther King III

by Wayne Grimmer, BHS Outreach Music Educator. Some of you might know that I am able to work with Choral Arts Link in their preparation of the MLK Concert: Let Freedom Sing! It is held every year on the Sunday preceding the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This year, over 80 kids participated from all over MNPS and a few private schools. I am truly blessed to work with and perform with these...
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Why Doesn’t Everyone Sing? (Deke Sharon’s “Too Many Notes”)

Brother Deke TESTIFIES! A couple of generations ago everyone used to sing. It was a part of every culture, every society. Why doesn't it happen anymore? I’m not Pavarotti. I’m not Freddie Mercury. But I  sing every day, and I want you to sing every day. And I want your friends to sing every day, because it will bring you joy, and it will bring you closer together. via Why Doesn't Everyone S...
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A message from Marty…

Now is the very best time to be a Barbershopper A bold statement? You bet. The Society is better positioned today for making a change in the world than we have been for years. Consider: Barbershop is getting meaningful media coverage (NBC’s Today Show, Fox and Friends, Redeye with Tom Shillue, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, local stations, etc.) and YouTube (almost 4 million views in ...
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Stop “Defending” Music Education | Peter Greene

In Stop "Defending" Music Education, Peter Greene argues that "Music does not need to make excuses for itself, as if it had no intrinsic worth. It does not have to dress itself up in test-taking robes or mathematical masks. It has deep, powerful human value, and all of us who love it should be saying so, over and over and over again. Do not defend a music program because it's good for other th...
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Mentored musician mentors musical middle schoolers

Barbershop youth camps and clinics are terrific for mentoring the next generation of singers. But who could guess that the mentored would in turn so quickly become the mentor! Charlie Lotspeich is a middle school choir director in Coppell, Texas. When he himself was in high school, his choral director started him on barbershop, ultimately leading him to attend various Harmony Explosion camps. T...
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Watch: Elementary school chorus sings to teacher with cancer

Elementary School Choir Sings 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' to Teacher With Cancer: Watch
USA TODAY REPORTS:  Grab your tissues, because famous Staten Island, N.Y., PS22 chorus has done it again. This time, the talented troupe of fifth graders, which has been enchanting crowds since 2000 (and eliciting fanfare from celebrities since a 2007 performance with Tori Amos), put the spotlight on their teacher Adriana Lopez, who is battling breast cancer. As the last song of the year at thei...
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The Hunterdon Harmonizers donate children’s books to area hospitals | NJ.com

Hunterdon Harmonizers donate children's books to area hospitals | NJ.com
The Hunterdon Harmonizers returned to its giving roots in 2014 and held the “Teddy’s Tale Book Drive.” With a direct tie-in to the emotional climax of its holiday theatrical musical show, “Teddy’s Tale: An American Christmas Story,” the Harmonizer audiences were invited to contribute towards books to be donated to children spending the holidays in the hospital. The goal of raising enough funds...
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John Rutter: The Importance of Choir

  Via http://blogs.jwpepper.com/?p=6496 Listen as composer John Rutter delves deeply into the importance of choir in all aspects of life.  He shares his own love of music with us as he discusses the many places music enters our lives and changes who we are.  Please enjoy these few words of wisdom from one of music’s greatest minds:
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Grant application window opens March 1

Outreach efforts of the Barbershop Harmony Society grew by 30% in 2014, and in 2015, Harmony Foundation underwriting will double the Society's annual outreach funding. To deliver still more activities, we've implemented an industry-standard, 100% online grant request and review process that will better help you: design more visionary and higher impact outreach activities become better l...
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News from Abroad: A barbershopper’s visit in Wales

Music Category Specialist Paul Wigley thought he was just attending a judging seminar for our barbershop brothers and sisters in the UK. That simple trip expanded dramatically once he decided to add Wales to his schedule! Paul writes: "I have a lot of relatives in Wales, and when I added that to my itinerary, the next thing I knew I was doing a workshop in Caernarfon, Wales, at the Canolfan Gerdd...
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