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Society Board announces next step toward Everyone In Harmony

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The Barbershop Harmony Society believes that what we offer – the experience of singing together in harmony – is meaningful to all people, and should therefore be accessible to people in all combinations. Since the announcement of the Strategic Vision last June, the Society Board and staff leadership have been involved in ongoing discussions about the best way to achieve the vision of Everyone in...
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Kristin Berkey-Abbott: The Beauty of Barbershop and All Its Inspirations

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Living barbershop from the inside, it's always refreshing for us to step away and hear barbershop with fresh ears. Alexandria Harmonizer Tom Berkey invited his daughter, Kristin,  to see him compete in Orlando, and she wrote this nice appreciation of the event and art form. When I've told people that I would be spending my vacation day on Friday watching my dad in a Barbershop competition, most...
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Order your 2018 International photos from Read Photography now!

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At every Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter and International Convention, Read Photography captures memorable portrait and candid shots of competing choruses and quartets. These photos are in high demand, and Read Photography always delivers!   Click HERE to view all candid quartet and chorus photos from 2018 International convention. Candid quartet photos are categorized by quarter-final, se...
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Easternaires inducted into Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame

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The Easternaires quartet, considered  one of the most entertaining groups of all time, was inducted into Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 7, 2018, during the Society’s International Convention in Orlando. From 1956 through 1976, The Easternaires competed over three decades, earning three medals in the International Quartet Contest, finishing in the top 10 nine times...
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Music for All – Orlando Magazine

    The international convention is always a good occasion for press coverage. We really like this item in  Orlando Magazine.  "Kealan Rivera says he’s made more than half his friends by spontaneously singing with them. The Delaney Park resident and member of Orlando’s Orange Blossom Chorus says people in the barbershop quartet community constantly meet new people by singing easily-lear...
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After Hours wins International Barbershop Quartet Championship

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Flawless harmonies and jazzy  interpretation propelled After Hours  to the pinnacle of a cappella singing, as it captured the 2018 international quartet championship of the Barbershop Harmony Society on Saturday, July 7 in Orlando. Singing a range of songs from Broadway including “Butter Outta Cream” from Catch Me If You  Can, “The Next Ten Minutes” from The Last Five Years, and classics like “Ho...
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VOCAL MAJORITY wins world chorus championship

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The Vocal Majority men’s chorus of Dallas reclaimed the gold medals that eluded them last year, as they captured the 2018 international championship of the Barbershop Harmony Society on Friday,July 6 in Orlando. The tender ballad “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line and “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Funny Girl with extravagant choreography propelled the 153 -man chorus to its 13th world ch...
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Frontier captures 2018 Next Generation Varsity Barbershop Quartet Championship

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Frontier, a quartet from Michigan, beat out 19 other young quartets from around the world to capture the Next Generation Barbershop Varsity Quartet Contest Wednesday evening in Orlando. The contest was held at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 80th annual convention. Singing “Evermore” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and a comedic rendition of “Do You Know The Muffin Man,” the quartet posted ...
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A Brief Introduction to Voice Ranges (male and female) in Barbershop

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This blog posts excerpts content from the BHS Music Educator Guide and Songbook. It is intended to address the male and female changing voice, but has a broader application when considering mixed gendered barbershop singing.   From highest to lowest, the voice parts in barbershop are tenor, lead (melody), baritone, and bass. The following graphics indicate the common vocal ranges by gender ...
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