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Quartet Resource Project, Phase II: Building a Directory of Resources

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  When we surveyed our existing quartets for the development of the Guidebook for Performing Quartets, many responses mentioned the need for resources and help in marketing, technology, and coaching. So, with the help of our volunteer project coordinator, Walt Lammert, we are developing a searchable, on-line directory of coaching, marketing, and technology Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that are...
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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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Vocal Health Series: Vocal Health Perceptions

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This regular series will examine facets of vocal health by which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers.  First, an understanding Vocal health has been a hot topic recently, thanks to high-visibility performers such as Adele, Sam Smith and Michael Buble...
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Copyright 101

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Copyright 101Faculty: Janice Bane and Scott Harris One of the most frequent topics we hear about from members is Copyright. Our clearance expert and former Warner-Chapell employee Janice Bane is joined by longtime print music specialist and BHS Arranger & Repertoire Manager Scott Harris to explain some of the rules you need to know! They discuss clearing a new arrangement, guidelines for ba...
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Flightline wins Youth championship

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Flightline, a quartet from Anaheim, beat out 22 other young quartets from around the world to capture the 25th annual Youth Barbershop Quartet Championship Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. The contest opened the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 79th annual convention. Singing “The Nearness Of You” and “Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)” the quartet posted A-level scores comparable to those in the open di...
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Marty Lovick on Forefront: “Good ensembles make coaches look good”

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By Marty Lovick, Performance coach martylovick@shaw.ca   My first session with Forefront was on a blustery January day in 2015 in New Orleans. It was cold outside, but they were firing on all cylinders. At our first meeting, they showed willingness to go further down the path they had created for themselves. Given their penchant for doing “epic” material, this was no mean task; however som...
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Instant Classic on Forefront: “We honestly thought they would hate us!”

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  Instant Classic and Forefront have always had a close – yet somewhat competitive – “barbershop bromance.” The Hughes brothers and the Kitzmiller brothers tagged into the wee hours at many Cardinal District competitions and events. And the two quartets competed against each other many times at the district and international levels. Drew even served as one of Instant Classic’s coaches. "...
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Quartet resource project needs your insights

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Quartet singing lives at the heart of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and a new project aims to inject additional vigor and resources into the formation and continued growth of quartets. The initial research phase begins this month with a brief survey of existing male quartets regarding their activities/needs. The scope extend beyond BHS-registered quartets to include casual quartets, non-registe...
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New England Harmony Brigade adds service to singing

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Although one first may think of the Harmony Brigade movement as primarily a quartetter's dream weekend (which it is!) many Brigades take very seriously the outreach and service components. Ted Blank of the New England Harmony Brigade shares its continuing success story built over several years.   The New England Harmony Brigade was founded in 2012 to provide dedicated quartetters the opportunity...
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Holiday season means EVERYONE SINGS

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Why is it that singing is garnering more attention these days to help our communities? Why does music soothe the soul and invigorate the mind? Isn't this the BHS recipe for success over the past 78 years? The closing months of the year usually mean many singing opportunities: holiday parties, concerts, church sing outs, etc. Remember, this is one time of year when even self-identified "nonsinger...
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