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An explanation of potentially confusing music theory terms

A correction on the letters page of the Sept/Oct issue of The Harmonizer contained the following note: In a paragraph that explained why the term “Chinese 7th” is problematic, the following was added to Joe Liles’ tag intro: It’s clear why Barbershoppers gave this chord a nickname, because the real name is a mouthful. (“7th chord in 1st inversion, drop 3”; we also use drop 2 and drop 2/4 variatio...
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Publications FAQ: Music Catalog changes

The Barbershop Harmony Society has decided to begin moving all of our music publications toward a published-only model. The recent Hal Leonard unpublished-to-published transition project has provided the opportunity to begin curating the vast number of unedited, unvetted charts currently classified as “Unpublished” and streamline the catalog to be much more representative of what we offer as offic...
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Recorded Feedback

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Digital technology makes it easy to provide custom feedback to individual singers As seen in the March/April issue of The Harmonizer, page 28.  By Dr. Jay Butterfield, Musical Director, Parkside Harmony chorus, jvbbbs1@gmail.com   About 20 years ago, when I was director of the Chorus of The Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., we instituted an effective vocal feedback program—effective, but al...
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Chapter Guidelines for Conducting a Music Director Search

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Sooner or later every chapter/chorus will find it necessary to find a new music director. Many things can be done to maximize the probability of success in finding a director. We recognize that this isn’t always an easy process, but we hope these guidelines can help provide some suggestions around the process of a search. Important note: These guidelines are not intended to be a ‘checklist’ bu...
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Direct them to the dotted line… A Sample Contract for Chapter Music Leaders

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Most chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society have a music director for their chorus. BHS has provided a SAMPLE contract as a starting point for negotiations and conversations with your music leader. As with any type of contract, it may be appropriate for the chapter and the individual to negotiate amendments and modifications to suit their own circumstances. If either party is in doubt about ...
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*NEW* music publication releases for Fall 2016

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Our Music Publications team exists to preserve the barbershop art form and to promote the joy of singing for all. One of the best ways we can do this is to publish exciting and accessible new arrangements and make available proven and beloved existing arrangements so that you have the resources you need for your chorus or quartet to share your love of singing.   Each quarter, we will feature new...
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Fresh covers showcase expanded range of music pubs

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As the Society’s music publishing program continues to expand to serve broader markets, it has become harder to visually distinguish sheet music among traditional men’s barbershop voicing, traditional women’s barbershop, and some new mixed-voice titles. Especially as we sell more broadly worldwide through our relationship with Hal Leonard, we want to make it easy for shoppers to quickly find the...
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Hal Leonard Publishing says: “Get Guys Singing with Barbershop Harmony”

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Nothing better than being known by the friends you keep, and our partnership with Hal Leonard, the world's largest publisher of sheet music, certainly proves it. Look what they have to say in their back-to-school promotion to retailers:   The new school year is here - and doesn't every choir director wish they had a way to get guys interested in joining choir? With a renewed interest in a capp...
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COMING SOON! Nashville: Barbershop Style

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  NASHVILLE Barbershop Style debuted at International Convention on July 5th, 2016 and online during convention week! This is NASHVILLE: Barbershop Style … a collection of eight country songs arranged in the barbershop style that will get your toes tappin’, feet stompin’, and voices ringin’! From beloved ballads to fast-paced, up-tempo tunes, this folio is the perfect resource for adding a ...
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