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2016 Youth Chorus Festival order of appearance announced!

We are thrilled to have 18 youth choruses joining us in Reno for the 2016 Youth Chorus Festival. This year's roster looks to be a terrific show with a wide range of singers, tons of variety, and a fun draw that will make for a quality afternoon of barbershop. Here's the order of appearance: Emerald City Sound  Boise Chordsmen Youth Chorus  The Voice Some Assembly Required East Coast Sound B...
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In Memoriam: Charlie Cawley

-submitted by Bill Colosimo As many of you likely know, for many years the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest was sponsored by MBNA, then the largest credit card issuing bank in the world. When MBNA was acquired by Bank of America, the latter continued its sponsorship until recent years, specifically as a result of the acquisition agreement. (The Contest is now sponsored by our o...
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Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest registration is now open

Four men, singing a cappella barbershop harmony, in front of an audience. That’s all it takes to get started in a fun and exciting form of music that can take you literally around the world and change your life forever. Registration and entry forms are now online for the next season of the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest, sponsored by Harmony Foundation International. Yep, the name and image h...
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High School Musical… barbershop style!

Trouble with a Capital T is coming to Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, New York. As the cast prepares to bring Meredith Willson's The Music Man to the stage, the School Board has been getting some expert advice from Tony Weiner, member of The Westchester Chordsmen. "A few songs take extra help to get just right. They are sung by the members of the River City board of education whom Hill insta...
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Another fantastic collaboration: Barbershop chorus + FIVE MORE CHOIRS

Here's a preview of the Ambassadors of Harmony as featured guests of the St. Louis Children's Choir. That's 155 barbershoppers and 450 kids! The Ambassadors of Harmony - St. Louis Children's Choir - Rehearsal at Powell Symphony Hall 2014 There’s nothing as moving as children’s voices to inspire your holiday season! Hear all six choirs of talented young singers – ages 6 to 18 – of The St. Louis ...
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Central Wisconsin groups to compete in a capella contest

Here's a great approach: hold a contest/show, with prizes awarded to the music programs of particpating schools. Hats off to Center Point Choruss of Sweet Adelines! Get ready for a little bit of "American Idol," "The Voice" — or any other live singing competition — all rolled into one a capella competition.Center Point Chorus Sweet Adelines, a women's barbershop group, is hosting the event, a two...
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Students polish a capella skills at festival featuring Ringmasters

BLOOMINGTON (IL) — For Bloomington High School senior Brendan Donnelly, Thursday was a revelation."Everybody here has the same goal, and that's for everybody to succeed," he said. "It's amazing."Donnelly was one of more than 500 students from 16 high schools to attend the 16th Annual Youth in Harmony Festival, an event co-sponsored by the Bloomington-based Sound of Illinois barbershop group that ...
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Students hit high note with Barbershop Extravaganza | azfamily.com Phoenix

Young choruses in the International Youth Chorus Festival at the 2015 Midwinter convention are ramping up right now, and we're starting to se some nice press coverage. Here's a nice piece on the Chandler Men's Chorus. You might not expect to hear barbershop music from high schoolers, but that's exactly what you'll hear at Chandler High School.A student group that will be performing on the concer...
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College contest looking sharp

An important part of our outreach efforts is connecting the needs of music educators to the quality resources offered through the Barbershop Harmony Society. We publish great barbershop arrangemtns, true. We hold a great college contest, true. But how do these relate to the needs of a busy working choral director? We like to think that our ad in the upcoming November issue of ACDA's Choral Journa...
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“Why Contemporary A Cappella Matters”

It's easy for us as Barbershoppers involved in outreach to beleive that bbs is the one, true, holy grail, and occasionally lose sight of the fact that everything that gets young people singing is good for them and for us. This post from the ACDA ChoralNet is a reminder that there are many, many fellow travellers preaching the same truth that we know: close-harmony, a cappella singing grabs singer...
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