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WoodSongs radio show featuring RINGMASTERS debuts this weekend

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Ringmasters, our 2012 International Quartet Champion, headlines a wide-ranging cast of barbershop performers on episode 854 of WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Show, premiering this weekend on more than 500 radio stations in the U.S. and around the world on the American Forces Radio Network. Recorded live at the historic Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky, WoodSongs is a weekly celebration of America...
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What Killed the Jingle? – The Atlantic

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An interesting reference to barbershop appears this week in The Atlantic:  "Though there is some debate, credit for the first commercial jingle usually goes to a Wheaties spot in 1926. The company that made Wheaties, the Minnesota-based Washburn Crosby (the predecessor of General Mills), tried to resurrect the flagging cereal on the radio with a song from a local barbershop quartet. It went like ...
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Jim Henry to lead chorus of music educators at NAfME’s major annual conference

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Barbershop is taking its place in the first ranks of music education professionals this fall, when Dr. Jim Henry leads a chorus of male music educators at the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference, November 10-13 in Grapevine, Texas. We Barbershoppers know and love Jim as a quartetter, coach, and director of the Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus, but he is well recognized throughout the choral wo...
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Join the team! Project Consultant opportunity as Choral Ecosystem Researcher /Consultant

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As part of its strategic planning process, the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) is seeking the assistance of a researcher or consultant to serve as an independent contractor for a limited time, limited scope, paid engagement. The goal of this research is to produce a visual map and written analysis of choral field-building organizations and aggregators.  With this map and analysis, BHS and its p...
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Design the right kind of Board for your chapter with revised Chapter Bylaws

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The Society Board of Directors approved recent revisions to the Standard Chapter Bylaws to add greater flexibility for chapters to design a board structure best suited to meet the chapter’s individual needs. In October 2015, the prior substantial requirements for the composition of each chapter board was reduced to at least three positions (President, Secretary, and Treasurer, with the ability f...
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NAfME partners with BHS to recognize top-flight music educators

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The Barbershop Harmony Society works to build an awareness of the intrinsic value of singing and provide inclusive opportunities to participate in the joy of harmony. In partnership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society has established an award to honor educators who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that music education br...
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2017 Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest simplifies entry process, extends reach

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Every time we see a great young quartet that launched itself for the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest, we all smile and look around and say, "Wow! This thing just keeps getting better and better." And it's true -- those top-end scores just keep climbing and climbing, to the point that the first dozen finishers in this year's YBQC posted scores that would qualify them for the open competition, to...
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Midwinter Convention features new show format for San Antonio

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The Barbershop Harmony Society has been experimenting with different ideas to boost the variety, entertainment value, and audience appeal of the Midwinter shows over the past few years. Positive results are being achieved by combining innovative staging, higher production values, broader variety of talent, and increased collaboration with other artists and styles.  The audiences have reacted favo...
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Vocalosity hits the road for fall tour – and you might be the opening act!

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Vocalosity, the touring a cappella experience, is hitting the road again this fall and winter for 30 dates across the continent. And once again, there are opportunities for barbershop groups to be the opening acts for these high-profile a cappella gatherings! To enter the Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest:  Visit the tour/tickets page and click through to your local show. Not all venues ...
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