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Jim Henry to lead chorus of music educators at NAfME’s major annual conference

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  Barbershop is taking its place in the first ranks of music education professionals this fall, when Dr. Jim Henry leads a chorus of male music educators at the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference, November 10-13 in Grapevine, Texas. We Barbershoppers know and love Jim as a quartetter, coach, and director of the Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus, but he is well recognized throughout the...
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You can help spread Barbershop in France!

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Our friends from the French Association of Barbershop Singers (FRABS!) have sent an update... and a simple request!Since we created the association (only one year ago), everything went so fast! We already have a couple of quartets going, a chorus project on the way in Paris, and some regular events planned. We meet as many Barbershoppers travelling to France as possible, and we definitely have...
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Youth Chorus Festival trial expansion in 2017 opens door to mixed and women’s ensembles

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A wildly successful program that has brought “mountaintop experiences” to thousands of young singers will extend its reach even further next year in San Antonio.  We all want more barbershop activity involving more singers in more schools... and, in particular, an increased number of sustainable school programs that continue to spread barbershop joy. That’s why the 2017 International Youth Barb...
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High school students learn barbershop harmony at Super Sing – The Portage County Gazette

Every outreach event is a media opportunity waiting to happen. The Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Chapter and other barbershop groups have combined for a successful ongoing event, and received nice local coverage. High school students learn barbershop harmony at Super Sing - The Portage County Gazette.
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2016 Youth Chorus Festival order of appearance announced!

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We are thrilled to have 18 youth choruses joining us in Reno for the 2016 Youth Chorus Festival. This year's roster looks to be a terrific show with a wide range of singers, tons of variety, and a fun draw that will make for a quality afternoon of barbershop. Here's the order of appearance: Emerald City Sound  Boise Chordsmen Youth Chorus  The Voice Some Assembly Required East Coast Sound B...
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In Memoriam: Charlie Cawley

-submitted by Bill Colosimo As many of you likely know, for many years the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest was sponsored by MBNA, then the largest credit card issuing bank in the world. When MBNA was acquired by Bank of America, the latter continued its sponsorship until recent years, specifically as a result of the acquisition agreement. (The Contest is now sponsored by our o...
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Mentored musician mentors musical middle schoolers

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Barbershop youth camps and clinics are terrific for mentoring the next generation of singers. But who could guess that the mentored would in turn so quickly become the mentor! Charlie Lotspeich is a middle school choir director in Coppell, Texas. When he himself was in high school, his choral director started him on barbershop, ultimately leading him to attend various Harmony Explosion camps. T...
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BHS quartets help Alaska Airlines celebrate SEA > BNA connection

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Alaska Airlines is the newest kid on the block at Nashville International Airport and a barbershop connection brought two quartets to the official party at Gate B-8. The inaugural flight was piloted by Captain Mike Rinehart, veteran pilot and bass singer in Northwest Sound Chorus, who brought along a quartet of chorus members just for the occasion. Nashville quartet High Gravity entertained the ...
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BHS 2014 Annual Report

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We are making a difference Hundreds at a time. One at a time. In our chapters and quartets and districts, in concerts and schools, even on YouTube and Facebook,  Barbershoppers are reaching out to millions of people each year. Every step we take, individually and collectively, preserves and encourages the music, of course; but equally importantly, we preserve and extend our values of singing, joi...
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