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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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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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A Brief Introduction to Accommodating Arrangements for Mixed Voices

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This blog posts excerpts content from the BHS Music Educator Guide and Songbook. It is intended to address accommodating arrangements of tags written for male and female changing voice, but has a broader application when considering mixed-gendered barbershop singing.   The coda of a song typically has a flourish of chord changes. These endings, called tags in jazz and barbershop, have becom...
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Top four reasons to become a Lifetime Member

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If you’ve ever considered becoming a lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, now is the time! Our current rate - twenty times (20x) the regular dues rate - will go up to twenty-five times (25x) the regular dues rate beginning August 1, 2018. *Coming to Orlando or Harmony University this summer? Sign up at one of these events and receive a Marketplace Gift Certificate as a one-time extr...
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Secure your local music programs (with NAfME’s Ronny Lau)

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Members frequently contact the Outreach department after having seen music pulled out of a specific school to which they have been connected, and they ask how the BHS can act on their behalf. Our conversations have turned to the local nature of most music education funding issues, and the power that Barbershoppers have to act locally. We contacted Ronny Lau, Public Policy Advisor for the National...
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Youth Policy Procedure FAQs

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As chapter and district leaders, you have several key responsibilities to the members that you encounter; responsibilities that the Barbershop Harmony Society acknowledges and shares. One such important responsibility is to our youth members, and especially members under 18 years of age. BHS has a Youth Policy which can be found here. Over the last several years, we have been taking steps to bette...
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Update on Strategic Planning — Progress Towards “Everyone in Harmony”

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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 Harmony.”  Since then, we’ve had numerous “town hall” meetings at District Conventions and hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of you have had provided feedback through emails, phone calls, and individual co...
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Miller Photography closing – get your classic chorus portraits NOW

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For more than three decades, Miller Photography of Louisville, Kentucky, was the official portrait photographer at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Conventions. The studio will be closing its doors on June 30, 2018, and has a huge treasure trove of prints and negatives that it is offering for sale. Truly, everything must go. You can now buy complete sets of your chorus images/negative...
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Copyright fundamentals: Are you breaking copyright law?

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    As Barbershoppers, we have the best interests of all at heart -- quartets, chapters, and the barbershop composers and arrangers who make our music possible. When the complexities of copyright come into play, it's important to establish and maintain compliance with laws that are in place.  These legalities ensure that composers, songwriters, and arrangers are justly compensated for the f...
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Voctave to light up Saturday Night Spectacluar

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With more than 100 million views on YouTube and Facebook, Voctave is the hottest group in a cappella today, and they’re coming to the Saturday Night Spectacular at the International Convention in Orlando. Lush, rich, harmonies and poignant, expression-filled singing make the 11-member a cappella group from the Central Florida area something special. Group members have professional roots with Wa...
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