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Mike Rowe named Honorary Life Member of Barbershop Harmony Society

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Executive producer and TV host Mike Rowe has been named an Honorary Life Member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Rowe will receive the award on Saturday, July 8, at the Society’s international convention in Las Vegas. A barbershop singer and fan, Mike credits his show business career in part to the influence of his high school choir director, Fred King, who also happened to be a world champion ...
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Stop by the BHS Membership Booth in Las Vegas — you might win a great prize!

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If you are attending the 2017 International Convention in Las Vegas this July, be sure to check out our Membership Booth located in the Registration/Marketplace area. Whether you are a member or an associate, a quartetter or just a Barbershop aficionado, there is fun to be had. We’re excited to present our members, associates, and registered quartets with a logo sticker for your badge to show off ...
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Plumbing the depths of our video archives

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  Guest blog from Jeremy Gover, BHS A/V Manager When I was hired as the new A/V Manager of the Barbershop Harmony Society back in April of 2014,  my predecessor, Aaron Johnson, took me down to the basement to show me the media archive. He unlocked the doors and walked me around a corner which featured stage apparel of previous gold medalists, O.C. Cash’s cigar sitting on an ash tray, and a...
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Marty Lovick on Forefront: “Good ensembles make coaches look good”

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By Marty Lovick, Performance coach martylovick@shaw.ca   My first session with Forefront was on a blustery January day in 2015 in New Orleans. It was cold outside, but they were firing on all cylinders. At our first meeting, they showed willingness to go further down the path they had created for themselves. Given their penchant for doing “epic” material, this was no mean task; however som...
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Instant Classic on Forefront: “We honestly thought they would hate us!”

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  Instant Classic and Forefront have always had a close – yet somewhat competitive – “barbershop bromance.” The Hughes brothers and the Kitzmiller brothers tagged into the wee hours at many Cardinal District competitions and events. And the two quartets competed against each other many times at the district and international levels. Drew even served as one of Instant Classic’s coaches. "...
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Barbershop champs star in New Zealand singing show “The Naked Choir”

The path from high school quartet singers to world champs is already well-known to Barbershoppers, but now New Zealand television viewers have gotten a heaping dose of our pals from Musical Island Boys.  TVNZ's The Naked Choir, an a cappella singing show, featured tenor Jeff Hunkin as host and bass Matt Gifford as a judge in the recently concluded series. Along the way, they shared their storie...
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Westchester magazine raises the bar for addressing your audience

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Professional layout and design, "insider" feature content, and loads of advertising combine to make the Westchester Chordsmen's Overtones magazine a model to emulate. The full-size magazine format allows plenty of space for a clean, airy presentation, and showcases the numerous advertisers to best advantage. Evergreen content covers the chapter's active performance schedule, outreach activities, ...
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Quartet resource project needs your insights

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Quartet singing lives at the heart of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and a new project aims to inject additional vigor and resources into the formation and continued growth of quartets. The initial research phase begins this month with a brief survey of existing male quartets regarding their activities/needs. The scope extend beyond BHS-registered quartets to include casual quartets, non-registe...
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Grand Ole Opry House to host 2019 Midwinter convention

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Music City will again host a major gathering of close-harmony singers, when the Nashville-based Barbershop Harmony Society welcomes more than 2,000 guests to its Midwinter Convention, January 22-27, 2019. The Midwinter Convention celebrates the intergenerational appeal of a cappella singing, with major events that include an International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival and the International Sen...
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Using Music To Boost Hearing In Noisy Environments

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Careful listening and pitch training may help reduce the effects of hearing loss, according to research at Ryerson University in Toronto. ...[O]ne way we follow a particular voice is by locking onto its pitch, allowing us to use frequency as an anchor. "When we're listening to voices and speech, there's a frequency trail we can follow, but it's often buried under a din of noise. But if our brains...
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