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Guide to BHS Ethics Procedures and Youth Policy

Guide to Ethics and Youth policy
As a part of our commitment to provide a positive environment to support activities that engage with members, associates, and all people interested in barbershop, the Barbershop Harmony Society has a Society Code of Ethics and Youth Policy that all members and associates must affirm and agree to abide by when joining or renewing membership. These policies are in place to ensure that every person w...
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So You Think You Know Barbershop?

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This regular series is intended for music educators and others interested in knowing more about this unique vocal style. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for musicians and constructive solutions for singers. So you think you know barbershop? Admit it: the go-to image in your mind of barbershop music is four guys in striped vests and boater hats. From the Dapper Dans serenading Di...
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Spread the word about Next Generation events – download the posters

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The energy and interest are starting to build for the Next Generation Barbershop Festival and Contests.  Full registrations are now open for 2018's  Varsity Quartet Contest and Varsity Chorus Invitational, and 2019's Junior Chorus Invitational. Trying to get something started in your school? Download these handy posters, print and hang. Download the Varsity poster (PDF) Download the Junior po...
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Mike Rowe is “Returning The Favor” to an inspiring music educator

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A music educator once changed the course of Mike Rowe's life, and in his new Facebook video series, he pays tribute to another influential teacher in a big way. When health issues forced world-class trumpeter Tim Wilson to give up a performance career, he turned to teaching, and gave his talents and treasure to an instrumental music program in an impoverished school district. Mike sought him ou...
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Why you should make a nomination for the BHS-NAfME Music Educator Award

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Music gives meaning to life, and our visible support for music in our communities should begin with the people on the front lines: the music educators who each day awaken the music within school children. Although our mantra in the Outreach area is “Music-Money-Men,” we should always keep in mind that these resources are all in the service of the fourth M: MEANING. To bring that meaning to the fo...
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Next Generation Barbershop: The next evolution of BHS youth participation

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Youth contests evolve to include more singers, better serve various age ranges Outreach programs of the Barbershop Harmony Society will continue to grow and evolve in 2018 as we work to further expand our impact on young singers and educators. The coming year will see numerous changes and additions to our contest programming, plus some new activities still in development that will offer new paths...
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NAfME joins with Society to honor life-changing music educators

The Barbershop Harmony Society works to build an awareness of the intrinsic value of singing and provide inclusive opportunities to participate in the joy of harmony. In partnership and collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), an annual award has been established to honor educators who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that ...
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Champs win more fans for barbershop among choral directors

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“R -O-L-L AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY,” boomed Jim Henry, and the crowd of 2000 leapt to its feet applauding Crossroads. Ringmasters’ soaring tag of “bells bells bells of Notre Dame!” lifted the crowd to its feet again, one of six ovations for the two quartets that night. Pretty standard convention fare, right?   Except this convention was not a gathering of barbershop fans and friends, but rather t...
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Pride of Iowa hosts Youth Workshop

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Thousands of young people are singing barbershop every year, thanks to chapters like the Des Moines area's Pride of Iowa. Building on a tradition of success, the Festival this year welcomed 145 students, led by clinician Steve Scott and guests Vintage Mix Quartet. The event continues to thrive thanks to a committed group of hosts, and a range of funding sources that includes local support throug...
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Main Street Harmony, a captive audience, and The Cowboy Way

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Every morning, millions of students at thousands of high schools ignore the principal making announcements over the school PA system. But at Salinas High School, in Salinas, California, everyone perked up last month to the sounds of their own barbershop quartet, Main Street Harmony.  Director Michelle Boulware has made barbershop part of her menu of options for male singers, and the results speak ...
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