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Sweet Adelines honor Lana Clowes with Lifetime Membership

In a moving presentation speech at its 2016 Convention, Sweet Adelines International posthumously honored Lana Clowes as a Lifetime Member. Lana sang with the Sweet Adelines Ottawa Chapter in the early 1960s, an era when women of color were excluded from membership, a prohibition later lifted in 1966. In noting the fiftieth anniversary of that action, president Paula Davis noted strategic effort...
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Music-making for adults: New Horizons International Music Association

Imagine a confederation of music groups for adults that provides: ...entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. Many adults would like an opportunity to learn music in a group setting similar to that offered in schools, but the last entry point in most cases...
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Choir singing may boost cancer patients’ health, study says – CNN.com

Singing might become a new prescription for cancer patients. A new study has found an association between choir singing and a boosted immune system in cancer patients. The study suggests singing in a choir could help put cancer patients in the best possible position to receive treatment and maintain remission. The research published by the cancer journal founded by the European Institute of On...
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Vocalosity hits the road for fall tour – and you might be the opening act!

Vocalosity, the touring a cappella experience, is hitting the road again this fall and winter for 30 dates across the continent. And once again, there are opportunities for barbershop groups to be the opening acts for these high-profile a cappella gatherings! To enter the Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest:  Visit the tour/tickets page and click through to your local show. Not all venues ...
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In Transit, the a cappella musical, is coming to Broadway!

The relentless march of a cappella into all media continues this fall, when In Transit opens on Broadway November 10 at the Circle In The Square Theatre. Sprung from the creative team behind Frozen and with vocal arrangements by aca-godfather Deke Sharon, this a cappella show has peerless parentage and a powerful offering: "IN TRANSIT is a new, modern musical, bringing to life a vivid tapestry ...
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Exploring the Choral Ecosystem at Yale

Barbershop chorus singing is just one facet of a much larger international continuum of the choral art form.  But as a long-established, richly resourced organization, we have a great deal to offer the entire choral world, as we discovered this month at "Sustaining the Chorus Ecosystem: A Forum on the Opportunities and Challenges for Choral Singing in Our Communities," hosted at Yale's School of M...
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Mathematics meets music | Ars Technica

One can hardly be a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society without being familiar with the work of David Wright. David's achievements span historical research, arranging, directing, coaching and teaching -- not to mention being a delightful guy and trusted mentor. Also, he has a day job: Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Washington University in St. Louis. We said he was smart, right? ...
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So Cantus and Chanticleer walk into this bar, see…

  Brilliant joke set up, or brilliant impromptu concert? Watch and see?   A chance meeting, a magic moment,  as reported by an accomplished Barbershopper My name is Kory Reid, currently the Assistant Music Director of the Grammy award-winning, all-male vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER! I hope this email finds you in good health and in good harmony! :) The Barbershop Harmony Society has ...
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Diane Bigler: Music as art gives people peace and comfort | The Kansas City Star

Hardly a day passes without another nice opinion piece regarding the impact music has in life. We liked the breadth of this item from the Kansas City Star. There’s this one song that catapults me back to high school within the first few beats. As a senior with just a few more weeks of school left, the world was perfect, and the future was bright. As a middle-aged adult, I feel 18 again when I ...
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