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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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Can singing save your brain?

Singers widely recognize the immediate benefits of making music together: improved mood, physical energy,  social bonding. Science backs this anecdotal experience in myriad ways... including some potential long-term protective benefits, according to researcher Aniruddh D. Patelvia. The research about the effects of song on people with brain conditions raises hope for more far-reaching impact. “...
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The Americana Music Triangle frames the regional history of roots music | Features | Nashville Scene

There's a reason Nashville has become Music City USA, and a reason why the Barbershop Harmony Society's HQ belongs there. A growing body of research has identified the Americana musical triangle of Nashville-Memphis New Orleans as the cradle of  the blues, jazz, and barbershop harmony.  The groundbreaking work Tulane University researcher Lynn Abbott to quantify these early barbershop singers, an...
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