Recently I sent an email to all the men who joined the Society in the first quarter of 2008, asking for comments about their first year in barbershopping. The following is one of many replies. (more…) Read More
What gets measured gets rewarded.
Our Society has a great system to find and honor the groups that put the best product on stage every year -- and there are a million good reasons to continue to honor these achievers. We're also getting better at recognizing the best recruiters among us. (When Roger Lewis was Society president, he recognized the best recruiters on the international stage, somet... Read More
I recently received these questions in an e-mail: "If Membership Growth is the Society's greatest need/problem, and now is our leaders' first priority, (1) why does the list of Harmony U 2009 classes, and Anaheim convention interest classes include practically nothing that could be considered Marketing & PR? and (2) can HQ now pressure the Districts to stress Marketing & PR in their upco... Read More
I am writing an article (probably for the Harmonizer) about choruses that have some sort of private voice instruction (PVIs) included either in their weekly meeting or available for their members outside the meeting night. I would appreciate any feedback you can offer about this topic. Here are a few questions that may guide you: (more…) Read More
Here are the raw facts:
Last year, January 1, 2008 to April 15, 2008 we recruited 473 new members into the Society
This year, January 1, 2009 to April 15, 2009 we recruited 647 new members.
Everyone say Hazzah! (more…) Read More
Unless you've been in a cave, by now you've seen the video of Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent. Something like 80 million views and counting. Millions of dollars couldn't buy a promotion at any price that will get the views that the dowdy, unemployed, never-been-kissed 47-year-old with the angelic voice has gotten this past week. It was the message people wanted right now, set up perfectly by t... Read More
Mike O'Neill, Society Music Specialist for Chorus Director Development, recently sent an email to the Director's Listserve asking the following:
Does your chapter, or are you aware of a chapter, that is really
great with the fraternal side of barbershop? (more…) Read More
On a guest night in a past chapter, I was asked to take the guests downstairs and show the "Singing is Life" video. It had been a few years since I'd first seen it as a Society employee. As I watched the faces of the men in the room, I wondered whether we perhaps should have had some outside focus groups look at that script before we committed it to celluloid. (more…) Read More
Either one works for me. There's a lot of truth to the notion that many men don't want to join a chorus that sings at a less than high level. But read this post by Todd Ramirez, until recently of the Boise Chordsmen. (He recently moved to the Salt Lake City area). Todd is an experienced singer, but he forgot to assess the musical prowess of his chapter in the following email I got a while back. Yo... Read More