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New “instant replay” rule in effect for Fall 2013 contests

A "scoring variance" is defined as when at least one judge awards a song with a score that is significantly higher or lower than the other scores from the panel. Judges have long discussed these variances in the days and weeks following a contest; since early 2012, the Society's Contest & Judging (C&J) Committee has been looking at methods to address significant scoring differences (vari...
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What the Music judges discussed at Category School

NOTE: Every three years, all Society judges and candidate judges wishing to certify are required to attend Category School. Held during the three days prior to Harmony University, judges and judging candidates receive instruction and testing; they also officially acquire, maintain or lose their certification. Category School is also the point in which any formal tweaks to the scoring or interpreta...
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What the Singing judges discussed at Category School

Every three years, all Society judges and candidate judges wishing to certify are required to attend Category School. Held during the three days prior to Harmony University, judges and judging candidates receive instruction and testing; they also officially acquire, maintain or lose their certification.   Category School is also the point in which any formal tweaks to the scoring or interpretatio...
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What the Presentation judges discussed at Category School

Every three years, all Society judges and candidate judges wishing to certify are required to attend Category School. Held during the three days prior to Harmony University, judges and judging candidates receive instruction and testing; they also officially acquire, maintain or lose their certification.   Category School is also the point in which any formal tweaks to the scoring or interpretatio...
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On Myths and Legends

Deke Sharon's excellent Total Vocal blog discusses the path from really good to excellent: You cannot get better at performing by thinking about it. You cannot become a better singer by studying vocal pedagogy texts. [...] The problem is not a lack of goal, vision, or desire for excellence. The problem is an understanding of and persistence trudging through the marshes and the weeds. It's a long...
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Da Capo to open for Manhattan Transfer

  Da Capo, a top-ten finalist in Toronto, is slated to perform alongside the ten-time Grammy award winning The Manhattan Transfer this Saturday, July 20th at 8:00pm ET. The Manhattan Transfer, a Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductee, has been entertaining audiences for more than forty years, releasing over twenty albums during that time.  The concert, held at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in...
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Ask a Judge, round 1: Crossing categories?

From Stephanie Dingle: How are members to handle situations when a judge, during evals, openly admits to crossing categories?  A Presentation judge spends more time discussing singing or music ... a Music judge saying there was a lack of musicality but I scored higher because of energy. These are a few vague issues I've heard myself, but I still question the idea that each category can be judged ...
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“Ask a Judge”

Despite our current judging system having been in place for almost 20 years, many of you still have questions about aspects of the judging system. Rumors and myths still abound. If you know a judge or feel bold, you may have contacted a judge in the past but many of you might never ask your question. In an effort to help further educate, C&J (Contest and Judging) is hosting an interactive b...
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It’s easy to talk about what you love to do

In the last issue of The Harmonizer, my column discussed the coming Operation Harold Hill and that the only impediment for finding potential singers for your chapter among total strangers is ourselves.  As Poag says, “We have met the enemy and he is us."  (Here is a copy of the column in PDF form: Lamson column 10-2011) Many barbershoppers have told me how easy it is to simply ask someone wheth...
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