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Visit the Jack Baird old songs collection… online!

Attention music historians, arrangers, and lovers of old-timey music! The Jack Baird library of old songs (in mp3 format) are back online after a too-long hiatus. This online archive was temporarily lost during some server reshuffling several years ago, but has been restored to the BHS web site as a part of our recent upgrades. (Thank you, Eddie Holt!!) http://jackbaird.barbershop.org/ This simp...
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A cappella goes high tech this December

You've heard about all of the creative perks offered by tech companies to keep their employees engaged and connected. But did you know that most have an in-house a cappella group? Check out this list: Googapella (Google)InTune (LinkedIn)Songbirds (Twitter)The Vocal Network (Facebook)The Baudboys (Microsoft)Syncopation (Dropbox)Airbnbeats (Airbnb)Pin Tune (Pinterest) If you're a fellow Silicon Va...
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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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Buying music for your chapter? Read this first!

Close up of stack of credit cards
For the past several years, Harmony Marketplace provided chapters with the option to bill online purchases directly to the chapter. This was done as a courtesy and was designed to allow chapters to avoid the additional step of reimbursing their members for chapter-related purchases. Sounds good, right?   The problem: significant staff resources were being used to generate monthly statements, tra...
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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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ATTENTION: High School a cappella groups!

Deke Sharon, leading force behind a little show called The Sing-Off and practically the inventor of modern a cappella, has a new Big Idea. He has teamed up with the Lifetime network to create a show about High School a cappella groups and is looking for 2 awesome ensembles to star. Says Deke: I'll be on the show working with the groups on camera (!). It's our chance to show the world how a cappell...
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High School Musical… barbershop style!

Trouble with a Capital T is coming to Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, New York. As the cast prepares to bring Meredith Willson's The Music Man to the stage, the School Board has been getting some expert advice from Tony Weiner, member of The Westchester Chordsmen. "A few songs take extra help to get just right. They are sung by the members of the River City board of education whom Hill insta...
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Heart Healthy Chapters

President Dan Sullivan writes that after several years of saying that he would like to sing barbershop, he finally joined the North Georgia Barbershop Singers and is enjoying it immensely. Even when he sings an off-key note or sings the wrong words, it can’t detract from how good singing makes him feel.  Writing in the Lake Lanier Chapter bulletin, Down Our Way, Dan says he "leaves every rehearsal...
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Paul’s Big Adventure: A Year of Songs

You may know Paul Olguin as an arranger, director, or quartet singer... but his most well known credit these days is likely his incredible class on Woodshedding at HU 2014. Following up on his wildly successful 100 Tags in 100 Days project last year, he has taken on a new mission: A Year Of Songs. So, here's the plan. I will write an original song intended to be sung by barbershop harmony singe...
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Judging Categories: Choose your depth of study

Whether you need a cursory overview or a plunge into the depths of judging, your Society Contest and Judging Committee hopes to make it easier to understand the judging system. Committee Chair Kevin Keller introduces some new ways to learn about what those judges are really looking for: Have you ever thought “what in the heck does that category actually judge?”?  Other than a brief paragraph of...
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