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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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Faculty Application open for Harmony U 2016

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The Harmony University staff is looking for a few good... teachers! There are two pathways to join our faculty at HU.  The first is by personal  invitation by the HU team... our method since 1970.  Last year, we opened applications to the general public and picked up some amazing educators!  Even if you are not selected for this year, your application lets us know you are willing to serve and al...
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Grant application window opens March 1

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Outreach efforts of the Barbershop Harmony Society grew by 30% in 2014, and in 2015, Harmony Foundation underwriting will double the Society's annual outreach funding. To deliver still more activities, we've implemented an industry-standard, 100% online grant request and review process that will better help you: design more visionary and higher impact outreach activities become better l...
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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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Chorus Support for Breast Cancer

Every year in Rapid City, SD, the Stock Show and Pro Rodeo comes to town. Also, every year, in conjunction with the rodeo, several of the medical facilites and groups sponsor what has become a tradition--"Tough Enough to Wear Pink."  This year, the Shrine of Democracy Chorus, based in Rapid City, took part in the campaign. They all wore T-shirts specifically for the event, posed for pictures to b...
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We Sing, We Serve: The Vocal Majority

Another example of living the message of We Sing, We Serve. Thanks to the VM for sharing this and to all of you who are reaching out to others with music. You ARE making the music that's making a difference. Several of our guys sang last evening for teenage boys at Phoenix House, a residential and outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment to help teens rebuild self-esteem and chart a path toward...
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Another fantastic collaboration: Barbershop chorus + FIVE MORE CHOIRS

Here's a preview of the Ambassadors of Harmony as featured guests of the St. Louis Children's Choir. That's 155 barbershoppers and 450 kids! The Ambassadors of Harmony - St. Louis Children's Choir - Rehearsal at Powell Symphony Hall 2014 There’s nothing as moving as children’s voices to inspire your holiday season! Hear all six choirs of talented young singers – ages 6 to 18 – of The St. Louis ...
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