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Pitch Slapped: Lifetime docuseries features Deke Sharon coaching high school a cappella groups

Aca-Monster Deke Sharon's new series debuts January 5 on Lifetime.
Thanks to Glee, Pitch Perfect, and The Sing-Off, we’re in a golden age for a cappella in media, and Lifetime is about to give us even more aca-awesome performances with their new show, Pitch Slapped. The docuseries will pit two rival New Jersey high school a cappella teams against each other, each under the mentorship of a superstar in the a cappella world. The mentors will be Deke Sharon, the ...
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Sing That Thing casting for Season 2

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Vocal Revolution did it last year. Why not your chorus this year? Sing That Thing is a televised choral contest staged by WGBH in Boston,  showcasing New England’s best amateur singing groups in a friendly competition that celebrates the diversity and joy of song making. Groups are selected in four competition categories: High School, College, Adult Small Group, and Adult Large Group.  The se...
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Dick Van Dyke keeps young by singing and moving

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As he nears his 90th birthday, Society Honorary Life Member Dick Van Dyke keeps going strong-- he's still dancing, writing, and, yes, singing. The legendary performer discusses his new book of health and life advice, titled "Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging." In several places, he mentions his current group, The Vantastix, and his love of singing.  ("I love the rehearsal!") Towar...
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How Main Street made the biggest barbershop hit of the decade

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Main Street's modern pop medley "These Will Be The Good Old Days Twenty Years From Now" is crushing on YouTube, with hundreds of thousands of views, and links from media outlets, social media, and blogs around the world. How did the beloved five-time medalist quartet come up with this innovative, side-splitting performance? In its first week on YouTube,  your video has nearly 450,000 views from...
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Main Street – Good Old Days medley (International 2015) – YouTube

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We knew they were special. We knew the performance was special. And when Main Street's modern pop medley "These Will Be The Good Old Days Twenty Years From Now" hit YouTube, the rest of the world learned it, too. This performance earned them a third-place bronze medal for the second time, and fifth medal overall. The veteran performers have travelled the world, although they're partial to the a...
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“We still watch the barbershop quartet finals…”

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"We still watch the barbershop quartet finals..." Pentatonix to Everyone: "Sing." We couldn't agree more, PTX As Grammy Award-winning juggernaut Pentatonix continues blazing new trails in the contemporary a cappella scene, they stop for a moment to admit what may surprise many. Even while PTX has redefined 'cool' for a cappella enthusiasts, these confessed choir nerds continue embracing their ...
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The tug of war between fame and infamy

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It's a constant tug of war for barbershop in the media. On the one side, we have great singing appearances such as Musical Island Boys on NBC's Today show (July 2015), Crossroads on Fox & Friends (April 2015) , Ringmasters on Today (April 2013) , and many other appearances blogged at http://www.barbershop.org/category/press-clippings/   On the other side are the times when barbershop is pla...
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BHS quartets help Alaska Airlines celebrate SEA > BNA connection

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Alaska Airlines is the newest kid on the block at Nashville International Airport and a barbershop connection brought two quartets to the official party at Gate B-8. The inaugural flight was piloted by Captain Mike Rinehart, veteran pilot and bass singer in Northwest Sound Chorus, who brought along a quartet of chorus members just for the occasion. Nashville quartet High Gravity entertained the ...
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Making Music With My Friends on Vimeo

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Gary Shannon, director of the Portland, Oregon Rose City Timberliners shared this nice video: "Local film student Samuel Adams Beresky chose our hobby as the subject of a class video." Filmmakers learn by doing. Is there a film project at your local high school, community college, or public media/community television outlet? Your chorus or quartet might make a great short subject.  Watch Making ...
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