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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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2014 contest tracks released on iTunes and Amazon Digital Music

Shopping for barbershop music is quick and easy on two of the world's largest distributors: Apple's iTunes and Amazon's Digital Music store. You are just a few clicks away from our most recent championship performances: 2014 Top 20 Quartets CD tracks on iTunes 2014 Top Twenty Choruses CD tracks on iTunes 2014 Top Twenty Quartets CD tracks on Amazon Digital Music 2014 Top Twenty Choruses C...
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Love to teach? HU Pittsburgh needs awesome instructors!

Our International Convention in Pittsburgh is rapidly approaching and will feature more Harmony University classes than ever before! This means we are looking for some talented and passionate teachers who have something to share. Do you have a class that would be perfect for our Convention attendees? If so, read on! Here is what has happened in the past (and was great):  -Fabulous, well-known ba...
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Pittsburgh Spotlight: Hi Neighbor!

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Add this to the family activity list for Pittsburgh - A visit to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood! We don't think that Fred Rogers was a barbershopper, but it's probably just because nobody asked him. Visit the Heinz History Center Special Collections Gallery to see the largest collection of original items from the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” television set on public view. Featuring select artif...
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Pentatonix Has the Highest-Charting Christmas Album by a Group Since 1962

A cappella is getting some love in the music trade press -- and at the cash register. Pentatonix's That’s Christmas To Me jumps from #3 to #2 its sixth week on The Billboard 200.  It’s the highest-charting Christmas album by a group or duo since Mitch Miller & The Gang topped the chart with Holiday Sing Along With Mitch in January 1962. That was the sing-a-long ensemble’s second holiday album...
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“A Hard Day’s Night” easier than you’d think

This week's newest, hot chart is by the Fab Four! And who better to arrange a Beatles tune than Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) member Dr. Liz Garnett? Liz also arranged the best-selling "Happy Together," and a number of other charts in our catalog. "A Hard Day's Night" has a driving rock tempo with sensible range and easy a cappella treatment. (Popapella, Barberpop, etc)...
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The Sing Off is BACK!

The search is on again for contestants of the hit a cappella reality show, The Sing Off!! Sweet Adeline International Quartet Queens, Maxx Factor, were on the first season and we think it has been far too long since barbershop was represented on this show! Who's going to audition this year? Los Angeles - Sept. 30 Nashville - Oct. 2 New York - Oct. 4 If you think that they won't be accepting quar...
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Chanticleer members sing barbershop off-stage

Seen on Facebook: They're one of the world's most elite and most famous professional vocal groups, and they appreciate the power of a barbershop tag as much as we do. Check out four members of Chanticleer saying farewell with a tag ... and a fifth voice at the end that, in this case, was no overtone. Someone get these guys into a district contest. They've obviously got the pipes, and they even al...
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Mid-Winter Quartet Bonus – HARMONY PLATOON

When Mid-Winter comes to the FWD next January, guys who love to quartet will have the opportunity to experience a new convention event: HARMONY PLATOON.  Here's how Platoon works. Two months prior to the convention, register at www.HarmonyPlatoon.org to get high- quality learning tracks and music to five songs we'll be singing in Long Beach. Starting a day before the “official” convention openin...
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