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One Month at a Time: Taking the stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen

Journalist Bill Lynch of the Charleston Gazette-Mail is breaking new ground in reporting on barbershop. We've seen many behind-the-scenes stories about contest prep before, but this appears to be the first time a reporter has embedded himself in a chorus and actually rehearsed several weeks with a goal of singing in a contest with them. In this second installment, Bill discovers the depth of emoti...
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The seder, the four children, and a barbershop quartet

With National Barbershop Quartet Day coinciding with the Passover observance, this story from the Times of Israel is timely. The author uses a barbershop quartet as a metaphor relating to the parental obligation to teach the younger generation about the Exodus: A useful framework for considering the Four Sons — and particularly the plight of the misunderstood Rasha — is the music of the barbersho...
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Rogue Valley Harmonizers step up to fill gaps in music education

No Strings Attached. Do what's needed. Start by listening. The Medford, Oregon, Rogue Valley Harmonizers have mastered key principles of outreach efforts over the past decade, and are making a lasting impact on students throughout their community, funded in part by grants from the Barbershop Harmony Society. This recent story in the Mail Tribune paints a beautiful picture of a committed group of ...
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Clipper City Chordsmen celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day

Our Society's April 11 birthday can be the occasion for nice bread-and-butter press coverage, like this article featuring the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Clipper City Chordsmen. The reporter nicely covers not only the history of the style and Society, but more importantly, the key emotional rewards of singing together:  Bruce Beyer points out that “For me, the camaraderie and friendship are the...
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One Month at a Time: Finding my voice with the Kanawha Kordsmen

We seldom see "embedded reporting" about barbershop, so we really love this writer's immersion into the barbershop experience with the Charleston, West Virginia, Chapter: More than a year ago, I stumbled into the idea of taking a month to explore a topic I didn’t know much about. One topic led to another and then another and so on. This series has taken me some interesting places. I’ve learn...
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Ragtime Gals Mix-A-Lot of genres with “Baby Got Back”

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https://youtu.be/6O86IC6ddm8?list=PLcwXdNVvSNbhL_M7kDRqAAgHb-LRZjcH5 Late night TV loves two things: rap and barbershop. While the first probably gets more total airtime, the latter has a powerful advocate in Jimmy Fallon, whose Ragtime Gals quartet has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The boys are at it one more time with a song that won Sir Mix-A-Lot th...
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In harmony: Barbershoppers still singing on the razor’s edge | pantagraph.com

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Chapter milestone anniversaries are always occasion for press coverage, and this clip featuring the Sound of Illinois is a textbook case: history, forward vision, collaboration with a strong local musical partner (University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club.) The legend goes that barbershopping came to the Twin Cities as a result of a 1941 visit to the Gipps Brewery in Peoria by Earl Bach,...
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From ‘Pitch Perfect’ to Broadway, He’s Vocal About A Cappella – The New York Times

From ‘Pitch Perfect’ to Broadway, He’s Vocal About A Cappella - The New York Times
Barber-buddy, aca-guru, Life Member Deke Sharon's latest triumph is In Transit: The A Cappella Musical on Broadway, and The New York Times thinks he's swell. With each new step on his journey to bring "harmony through harmony," Deke has been expanding broad public interest in music without instruments, and more importantly, "harmony through harmony." As collaborator Kristin Anderson-Lopez said:...
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Music Therapy for Dementia, Alzheimer’s Patients – AARP

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  Any Barbershoppper who's ever sung at a nursing home or senior center can attest to this truth, as reported by AARP: Music therapists who work with Alzheimer's patients describe seeing people "wake up" when the sounds of loved and familiar music fills their heads. Often, after months or even years of not speaking at all, they begin to talk again, become more social and seem more engaged by t...
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