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Camp A Cappella to feature FOREFRONT

Rule One in Outreach: go where the singers are.  That's what international medalist Forefront will be doing next week at Camp A Cappella at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, June 23-28. Run by acappella all-father Deke Sharon (The House Jacks, Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) and choral director, Barbershopper (Turning Point, college champ Stop The Presses) and author (A Cappella Pop: A Compl...
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Music publications sport a new look

Coinciding with the new distribution deal with Hal Leonard, the Society’s music publishing program has announced a dramatic new look for new titles being released this year. The new sleeve will give the music better shelf appeal in retail locations and online catalogs, and provide better protection against wear and tear. Hats off to Eddie Holt of the headquarters staff for the clean and engaging n...
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Hal Leonard publishing deal will vastly expand global distribution of  Society’s arrangements

MILWAUKEE – Hal Leonard Corporation has reached an agreement with the Nashville-based Barbershop Harmony Society to expand the scope of products in its global distribution deal. The world’s largest publisher of songbooks and music education materials has had a relationship with the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2007. Hal Leonard has used the Society’s arrangements in its popular Close Harmon...
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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Announces $5,000 Grand Prize for Composition

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is proud to announce its 2014 Composition Contest. Featuring TTBB works with optional piano accompaniment, the contest continues a long tradition of direct musical support by the Fraternity. The contest is open to any American citizen, and the Fraternity encourages all interested composers to enter. The contest is being judged by three members of the Fraternity, each a prom...
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“Top Charts” page points young singers to hot music

As part of its ongoing outreach to music educators, the Society has recently been working to bring innovative and accessible music to their attention. This recent ad in Choral Journal  highlights music that high school and college men will recognize and want to sing, and directs to a special page with audio clips and first-page previews Check out Top Charts at barbershop.org/topcharts
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Is Humor Bad in Contest?

A brief discussion of the ancient question, "Should our quartet/chorus try to do comedy?" Every a cappella group has its own style, but when it comes to competition are groups best served to “play it straight” and not aim for laughs? In this edition of Measure for Measure we take a look at the statement: via Measure for Measure: Is Humor Bad in Competitive A Cappella? | The A Cappella Blog.
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Get FREE songs and learning tracks

Everyone loves the Free ‘n’ Easy Library, because all the songs on there are... well, free and easy. Download them - print them - record them - share them - do all those things you should NOT do with copyrighted works. Since the last time you checked, we've added a song or two, Our most recent title, "You'll Never Know The Good Fellow I've Been, " is a classic old-time text and musical style you...
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Twelve basses humming. (Better get them the sheet music.)

A partridge in a pear tree would be lovely, but what happens on "The Twelve Days After Christmas?" Find out in this novelty song sung by Gotcha! Need a quick song to add to your repertoire?  Ed Waesche's arrangement of  "Winter Wonderland" is a Christmas standard with one of the few half-step downkey changes. Some say this is the same arrangement sung by The Beatles!
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Get your groove on

Barbershop draws on many different sources for inspiration. Influenced by our most recent Honorary Members, The Nylons, come our featured arrangements this week. Good Old A Cappella  If your foot won't tap while this song's a-going, you’ve probably died already. A David Wright chart -- ‘nuff said. Happy Together  This Turtles song is a groovy classic arranged by Liz Garnett. “The minor to major ...
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Song of the Week: “Little Saint Nick”

Beach Boys, surf, a cappella music + Christmas. What more could you want? "Little Saint Nick" was a Top Twenty novelty hit for the Beach Boys, and our arrangement by Jon Nicholas will be a fun addition to any holiday package. Staging note: Barbershoppers over the age of fifty should be advised that wearing sunglasses will not automatically make you cool and young -- certainly not as readily as s...
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