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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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In Transit, the a cappella musical, is coming to Broadway!

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The relentless march of a cappella into all media continues this fall, when In Transit opens on Broadway November 10 at the Circle In The Square Theatre. Sprung from the creative team behind Frozen and with vocal arrangements by aca-godfather Deke Sharon, this a cappella show has peerless parentage and a powerful offering: "IN TRANSIT is a new, modern musical, bringing to life a vivid tapestry ...
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BHS Outreach Grants applications will be accepted starting September 1; plan now to apply for 2017 projects

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If you’re ready to make a difference in people’s lives through the joy of singing, the Barbershop Harmony Society stands ready to assist you! A new application cycle of our successful outreach grants program begins September 1, but you should be working with your team now (chapter board, district leadership team, partner organizations, stakeholders) to craft an application that is thorough, infor...
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Guest Post: Remembering Bob Whitledge

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Brian Philbin (Metropolis) shares this loving tribute to friend and fellow singer Bob Whitledge, gold medalist with Gentleman's Agreement and long-time director, coach, and Society member: On August 2nd, we lost a true hero of the barbershop medium, Bob Whitledge. Bob was a giant of a man in every sense of the word. He was an amazing Bass singer, a gifted musician, a wonderous champion with the G...
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Strategic Planning Update: Member Wisdom Revealed!

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Since our last post about Strategic Planning, a variety of activities designed to more clearly hear the “Voice of the Society” at many different levels have been completed. On May 13-15, the Society Board of Directors (SBOD) met for a three day reflective retreat, where they discussed: Our DNA Why We Exist The Past and Future History of the Society Big Shifts We’re Making and Must Make C...
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