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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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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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What does it mean to sing in tune?

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A quick lesson in physics teaches how to hear when you are totally locked in - By Jay Dougherty, Asst. Professor, Director of Choices and Choral Activities, Marietta College - jmdougherty@gmail.com Barbershoppers are ear singers. We sing and tune by ear, so why do so many of us often sing out of tune? Perhaps a more pertinent question would be, “What does in tune actually mean?” Are we singing...
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How to match vowels

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By Gary Parker, Bass of Dealer's Choice, 1973 International Champion In 1973, Dealer’s Choice quartet not only won our international contest on its first attempt, but changed the sound of barbershop harmony forever. Their innovative “expanded sound” techniques create a stream of beautifully locked chords and a sonic richness that continues even through the consonants. Virtually all of today’s top...
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Vocal Care for Senior Singers

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Keep your voice in top shape by NOT treating it like you used to - By Jim DeBusman, retired BHS music staff - jdebusman@att.net Keeping yourself active through singing has the power to heal and stimulate your mind and body. There are so many of us out there today who have been helped with our bronchitis, asthma and other forms of breathing issues because we sing. Follow the below steps to mainta...
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2017 Youth Chorus Festival and Senior Chorus Festival order of appearance announced!

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The Youth Chorus Festival will look a little different this year! In addition to adding Women's and Mixed choruses to the lineup, the 2017 Midwinter Convention will also include the five District choruses participating in our Senior Chorus Festival pilot program. The draw for order of appearance was made with all choruses mixed together, resulting in an exciting mix of singers in each session.  &...
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An old (Yuletide) Favorite!

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Like most choruses, you're probably booking a multitude of holiday performances, including some good old fashioned caroling. But... and we hate to mention it... those songbooks may be looking a little worse for wear. Or maybe your membership drive was so successful that you need a few more! Whether you're adding to your music library or replacing worn copies, our refreshed Yuletide Favorites, Vol...
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Barbershop Harmony Society offers FREE webcast of world championships to students and educators 

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See the greatest spectacle in close-harmony singing -- on your phone! FREE! http://bhswebcast.com/edu/ You may have heard barbershop harmony before, but you've never experienced anything like the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT coming July 5-9. More than 2000 men in quartets and choruses ranging from four to more than 150 men will compete for the gold medals. Broadway, show tunes, old chestnuts and ...
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Barbershop is at ACDA 2015…

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  ... and we're here to help! We're ready to be a partner in attracting singers to choral programs, offering unique ensemble experiences and literature, and life-changing destination events. Discover the many ways barbershop builds strong programs and singers. Staff will be available all week to connect with Music Educators. Come find us! INTEREST SESSION WEDNESDAY,9:45 am Salt Palace roo...
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VIDEO: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

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Is our response to music hard-wired or culturally determined? Is the reaction to rhythm and melody universal or influenced by environment?   A 2009 World Science Festival session titled "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus" explores these topics with the help of some experts: This Is Your Brain On Music author and McGill scientist Daniel Levitin, legendary musician Bobby McF...
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