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Watch Nashville Convention performances on YouTube on August 15th… ALL OF ‘EM!

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  Watch your favorite #BHSNASH performances on YouTube! One of the most frequent messages to our Harmony Hall team is “MORE VIDEO!” And we agree… to the tune of nearly 500 new videos added to the BHS YouTube channel in 2015, including all competitor performances from our Convention in Pittsburgh. Getting our best performances out into the world is a total win all around, and we’re ready to make...
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Membership growing through self-serve sign-up

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Since October 2015, men have been able to do something  they couldn't do before: they found the Barbershop Harmony Society through their own means, clicked "join us" at barbershop.org and became full Society members without first joining a chapter. After consultation with district and select chapter leaders, the Society Board last year dropped the requirement that members must belong to a Socie...
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Alexandria Harmonizers to present selections from I Am Harvey Milk at Convention

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After a successful and highly rewarding performance of this powerful piece, Musical Director Joe Cerutti shared some closing thoughts about the experience.  "I will never forget this week as long as I live. Rubbing elbows with artistic celebrities is probably what attracted us to accept this performance in the beginning, but the powerful message delivered through equally powerful music quickly ...
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Pitch Perfected! Spend an evening with the AIC in Nashville

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 What’s better than an evening of gold medal quartets singing their very best music? How about TWO EVENINGS!?! To take in all that the Association of International Champions has to offer, be sure to add Pitch Perfected: An Evening of Vocal Harmony to your convention week schedule… on the night that you choose! Our finest performers deserve the finest venue in the city, and the visually AND acoust...
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In Memoriam: Jim Richards

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We say goodbye to our friend Jim Richards this week. Here, historian Grady Kerr pays tribute to a man who was a friend and mentor to so many.  James “Jim” Dana Richards  June 12, 1925 - February 20, 2016 – age (90) Our good friend Jim Richards passed away Saturday, February 20th, 10:25pm after a sudden and very brief battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Released from the hospital to home hos...
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Quartet performs for Swedish royal family

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News from abroad! Gold medalist Rasmus Krigström (Ringmasters,  2012) shares news about a memorable performance before a royal audience: "Just sang a quartet gig at a private dinner party with the Swedish King, Queen, and Crown Princess among the people at the table. We had the chance to chat a little with the royals after the gig and they asked a few questions, eventually leading to me explainin...
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Fall 2015 House of Delegates bulletin (HoD)

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Why a House of Delegates bulletin? In an always connected mobile world, the notion of a “letter” to the House of Delegates (HoD) might seem rather quaint. Every topic discussed here is hashed out daily in Basecamp discussions, Facebook -- you know the drill. So, rather than comprehensively cataloging every activity, this edition aims at highlighting recent and future activities of the Society tha...
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Harmony Hall staff says goodbye… and hello!

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A fond farewell to Patty Patty Leveille retires in October after nearly a decade of faithful service as executive assistant to the CEO. Patty is one of the few remaining Harmony Hall staff to have worked in both Kenosha and Nashville, having come to the job at the invitation of then-CEO Ed Watson. Patty has brought strength and continuity to the Society through many changes in leadership, personn...
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New BHS website launched!

Barbershop.org gets a facelift and tech boost:  Cleaner, faster design Mobile optimized Integrated search across site, blog Consolidates many sub-sites for easier browsing We think you'll like the new look and speedy response of our newly designed flagship site. A more flexible architecture means we can stand up new content areas quickly, integrate fast-breaking blog content directly into t...
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Abbott named Honorary Life Member

Tulane University scholar Lynn Abbott's groundbreaking research into the African-American roots of barbershop harmony was honored at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Midwinter Convention, when he was named an Honorary Life Member. Abbott has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including "Play That Barber Shop Chord: A Case for the African-American Origin of Barbershop Harmony" (1992),...
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