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Recorded Feedback

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Digital technology makes it easy to provide custom feedback to individual singers As seen in the March/April issue of The Harmonizer, page 28.  By Dr. Jay Butterfield, Musical Director, Parkside Harmony chorus, jvbbbs1@gmail.com   About 20 years ago, when I was director of the Chorus of The Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., we instituted an effective vocal feedback program—effective, but al...
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Breathe life into your singing

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As seen in the March/April 2017 issue of The Harmonizer, page 24. By Debra Lynn, debralynn.vocalcoaching@gmail.com Bel canto (Italian for “beautiful singing” ) was the standard of singing technique from 1800 to about 1840, and is primarily concerned with upper body engagement, creating a clear, concentrated, free, resonant tone without force of any kind. Many other singing techniques have come s...
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Deke Sharon gives incredible keynote speech at Midwinter

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https://youtu.be/UufvNhiwwDg  Deke Sharon, the music director of the Pitch Perfect movie franchise as well as NBC's The Sing-Off, gave a powerful keynote address at the 2017 Midwinter Convention in San Antonio. The BHS Honorary Lifetime Member encouraged Barbershoppers to make audiences cry while singing a Polecat, addressed the issue of mixed singing, spoke about the importance of video in...
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Harmony University is now accepting faculty applications for International!

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Last year, Harmony University  offered over 100 classes between Tuesday and Saturday at the Nashville Convention. Our second year of numerous classes was WILDLY popular and produced the largest number of students we have ever had at HU events during the convention! Classes were not just attended by our members... Sweet Adelines and Harmony, Inc., BHS afflilates, member family and friends, and even...
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Building A Healthy Choral Ecosystem — New report now available!

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To accomplish our aim of building a better world, singing, the Barbershop Harmony Society constantly works on collaborations with like-minded organizations who are building the field of choral singing.  A healthy choral ecosystem relies on conductors, composers, arrangers, educators, publishers, researchers, academics, public policy advocates, administrators, adjudicators and the music industry as...
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Society presents Barbershop in a BIG way at ACDA National Conference next week

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Showcase concert appearances from Ringmasters, Crossroads, and Great Northern Union, reading sessions of barbershop music, and a clinic demonstrating the success of barbershop choruses in igniting the fire in younger singers will all take place at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference next week in Minneapolis. Who better than BHS to support the conference theme of “A Life O...
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How to rehearse

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Every issue of The Harmonizer is packed with info and education, whether you sing in a chorus, quartet, direct, or just listen. This month, chorus directors are in the spotlight in the Harmony How-To feature, as Donny Rose take guides them through a great rehearsal. Chorus singers: you'll learn plenty by studying what a director is trying to acheive. Good followership is just as important as good ...
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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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Voices of Gotham stages the ultimate barbershop “TED Talk”

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Voices of Gotham shares a unique event coming up this weekend:  Unlike your usual barbershop event (read: two-hour concert), this is a lecture/concert that is more informative of the barbershop style and its evolution over the years.  Over two days, attendees get a crash course on barbershop and its relevance in today's society. Funded by the BHS Innovation Grant, this initiative is about o...
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Harmony University announces returning faculty members

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Join us in welcoming back our returning faculty members! We are thrilled to share our roster of returning faculty and staff who taught with us last year... or perhaps for the last 25! These 38 rock stars are being joined by our first year class of 12 and our 8 returning faculty that have been away for a time.    Please welcome back.... Coaching TrackGary Plaag, DEANSteven ArmstrongAntho...
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