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Copyright fundamentals: Are you breaking copyright law?

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    As Barbershoppers, we have the best interests of all at heart -- quartets, chapters, and the barbershop composers and arrangers who make our music possible. When the complexities of copyright come into play, it's important to establish and maintain compliance with laws that are in place.  These legalities ensure that composers, songwriters, and arrangers are justly compensated for the f...
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Vocal Health: Voice Production and Resonance

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This regular series will examine different facets of vocal health in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers.   This article is designed to be an introduction to how the vocal sound is produced and resonated. It also serves to clarify sometime...
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A Grand Finale for the Saturday Show | Midwinter 2018

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    Three International champion choruses... a mass Youth Chorus of nearly 600 singers... a world class organist... and an acoustically stunning concert hall designed around a majestic pipe organ. When these elements are all in place, it’s not difficult to decide how to close the Saturday night show -- get ‘em ALL on stage! One of the many enticing reasons to hold the Midwinter Convention eve...
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NEW from BHS Marketplace: Premium Digital Learning Tracks!

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You asked for them, and now they’re becoming a reality!  The Barbershop Harmony Society is thrilled to announce the launch of new premium-quality digital learning tracks, made available for immediate download. High-quality sound production Pitch-perfect tuning Immediate download -- no waiting for the CD to arrive in the mail and no shipping costs Clear indexing of tracks for quick learning ...
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Vocal Health: Intro to Healthy Singing

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This regular series will examine different facets of vocal health in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers. Healthy Singing In order to establish a dialogue around the topic of vocal health, it is important to understand the components of healthy...
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Annual ASCAP 2017 Reporting Reminder for U.S. Chapters & Districts

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The Barbershop Harmony Society has a blanket agreement with ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) to pay significantly reduced licensing fees for all U.S. chapters and ensuring their legal compliance for public performances of the songs represented by ASCAP. As a friendly reminder, All U.S. Chapters and Districts, must complete an annual ASCAP Reporting Form and sub...
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Hal Leonard Unpublished-to-Published Project Update for BHS Arrangers

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 Greetings BHS Arrangers! Because the world of print licensing can be both complicated and confusing, I wanted to stop, check in, make sure you are clear what is BHS policy and what is mandated by copyright law. As you all know, the publishing industry has changed significantly. In the past they were making so much money they didn’t care about smaller groups like BHS. Times have radically changed...
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Building Musicians: Resources for Learning Musicianship

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This regular series will examine different facets of building musicians in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for music teams and provide constructive solutions for singers. Personal Musicianship  Singers join our chapters for many reasons, but all share the love of singing barbershop chords. Some singers come to us with years of sing...
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Meaningful Gestures: Riser Placement

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This is the second article in a series for chorus directors and music teams. This article is a companion to a video that HU produced in 2016.   Barbershop chorus singing has two variables that have great effect on acoustic output: riser placement and venue. This article discusses the science behind riser placement. I make a distinction between formation (mixed parts vs. sectional) and placem...
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Vocal Health Series: Vocal Health Perceptions

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This regular series will examine facets of vocal health by which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers.  First, an understanding Vocal health has been a hot topic recently, thanks to high-visibility performers such as Adele, Sam Smith and Michael Buble...
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