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Commander’s Intent part 2 – making sure chapters are strong on the fundamentals

"Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist, but football is only two things - blocking and tackling." -- Vince Lombardi, ESPN's Coach of the Century Thanks everyone who responded to our Commanders Intent post last month. We discussed how an army commander ensures his forces cannot lose sight of the core objective and then we asked you to fill in the blank, "If a chapter does ...
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The Hallmark 7th Chord: A proposed Music Category change

Thanks for visiting the blog concerning the 33% criterion.  The position paper mentioned on page 24-25 of the July/August 2009 edition of  The Harmonizer is here: 7th Chord Position Paper. A copy of the article in The Harmonizer is here: The Hallmark 7th Chord. Although this is not technically a change to the definition of the barbershop style, this criterion has been used for almost 40 years i...
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Orders for victory! “If our chapters do nothing else, they must ____?”

This is a VERY important post—so important that staff will be meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss your replies. It's a little long, but worth it. If you can fill in the above blank without hesitation, you probably misunderstood the question. Read on, your answer will require some pondering. Your answers could also help focus staff, Society, district and chapter efforts for years to come. ...
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A Renaissance

Like of lot of you, I've just come off back to back barbershop barnburners - the International Convention in Anaheim and Harmony University. And I'm overwhelmed at the number of young people who were at both! All over Anaheim, kids were singing, riding busses, skipping over cracks in the sidewalk, jamming with their Ipods, and doing all the things that good kids do. The energy in the hotels, at th...
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Music we hear in contests

I have been musing about the variety of music we hear on the International stage and how much of it is, well, not so good. I don't mean it's not performed well - of course it's performed well, these are the best practitioners of our style in the world! I mean it's not all the very best music. Seems that, in an effort to do something unique, many of our competitors find some obscure song no one's d...
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Media Gumbo – Click these tasty links to barbershop news on the Net

Check out these links: Jim Henry, director of 2009 International Chorus Champs the Ambassadors of Harmony, got interviewed on a morning TV news program about the recent championship. Vocal Spectrum also did a number of commercial cut-ins and cut-outs for the show (no Vocal Spectrum video available) A great feature on choir singing that includes Great Northern Union, on Minnesota Public Radio....
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American Harmony Update

We've had several questions lately regarding American Harmony and the status of screenings. Below is a detailed description from one of the producers, Allan Webb, that is sure to answer most of the lingering questions out there. For those that have already registered - thanks for your participation in helping spread barbershop harmony around your community! (more…)
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Before it’s too late: who needs to have an official Society interview?

A sensitive topic here, because we don't need to eulogize people who are still with us! But I need to come out and ask this: Who are some of the barbershop icons that we need to talk to and interview now, just in case we never get the chance again? (more…)
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Choir of THE WORLD! – Westminster Chorus tops all at Llangollen!

Justin Miller, what have you done? A week after he competed in the collegiate contest in Anaheim, Justin and 35 members of Westminster Chorus took on a bunch of much older directors with much longer resumes and were the overall winners of prestigious Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod 2009. About 4,000 singers and dancers from 50 nations competed. Watch the announcement of their win here ...
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Q&A on The Harmonizer magazine

Let's answer some frequently asked questions about The Harmonizer: When am I getting my next edition of The Harmonizer? It's in the mail. (I finished it earlier in the week while we were in Ahaheim, so unfortunately, the staff didn't have time to copy edit a couple of sections!) You'll probably have it sometime this week, unless you're in Canada, in which case you're getting it when Canada's p...
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