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Sing with the Champs in a whole new way

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The AlC is excited to announce a new & improved Sing With The Champs event for this year's convention in Las Vegas - and you're invited! Please join us on Friday evening, July 7, from 10:00pm - 12:00am in the Wilshire Ballroom at the Planet Hollywood hotel immediately following the conclusion of the chorus contest. What is "new & improved" about SWTC 2.0? Let us tell you! It's Free! - ...
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How Communal Singing Disappeared From American Life – The Atlantic

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Barbershoppers can sometimes take for granted the easy joy of singing together.  We get to do it every week. When we gather at conventions, we no longer marvel at a lobby full of people making music just for grins. But as this chestnut from The Atlantic points out, Adults in America don't sing communally. Children routinely sing together in their schools and activities, and even infants have sin...
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Fun & Free Things to Do in Las Vegas Right Now

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The travel section on Thrillist puts it succinctly: Everybody wants free stuff -- especially in Las Vegas. Regrettably, the days of wildly cheap buffets and gratuitous drinks at casinos are pretty much long gone. But here's the good news: There's still a little bit of free fun to be had in Las Vegas. You just gotta know where to look. Read more: Fun & Free Things to Do in Las Vegas Right Now...
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Discovering Hidden Member Talents…

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The Healthy Chapter Initiative has published a sample "Chapter Member Talent Survey" that chapters can utilize as a resource in discovering talents of their members.  Serving as a potential starting point for your nominating committee to dive into finding individuals to serve in various positions with your chapter, this also primarily serves as a tool in finding capabilities of your members to ma...
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One Month at a Time: Kordsmen friendships are bigger than competition

We've previously looked in on the "embedded journalist" who joined a barbershop chapter in his quest to try new things. In the final chapter, Bill Lynch takes the leap, and performs on stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen in contest. At the beginning of March, I wasn’t sure I could carry a tune well enough to keep up in rehearsals, let alone be anything but very dead weight when it came to actually pe...
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The Fabulous Lipitones blends barbershop with themes of identity and acceptance

First produced in 2014, The Fabulous Lipitones continues to be staged in playhouses across the country. We loved this review of a current staging in Alexandria, Virginia: [The director] loves how the characters are self-aware that their barbershop passions label them as “different," adding: "'The Fabulous Lipitones' celebrates the connection of people who have a passion for something that mains...
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Information for Members Crossing the Border for BHS Activities

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The Barbershop Harmony Society shares this information as a guide and is not an authority on, nor does it provide legal advice regarding, U.S. or Foreign Law.  Always consult with a professional when in doubt. For a Printable Version of this information, please CLICK HERE. This information is specific for members who are planning to or frequently attend meetings or conventions hosted by the Barbe...
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One Month at a Time: Taking the stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen

Journalist Bill Lynch of the Charleston Gazette-Mail is breaking new ground in reporting on barbershop. We've seen many behind-the-scenes stories about contest prep before, but this appears to be the first time a reporter has embedded himself in a chorus and actually rehearsed several weeks with a goal of singing in a contest with them. In this second installment, Bill discovers the depth of emoti...
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Financial Filings Coming Due for Chapters, Districts & Subsidiaries of BHS

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Have you already submitted your required IRS 990 or CRA Filings? THANK YOU! Many of our chapters, districts, and subsidiaries have already filed these reports but may not have reported to Society HQ. Filing these reports with the IRS, CRA, or other equivalent is not just a good idea; it is the law!    The Barbershop Harmony Society also requires reporting to the organization as a matter of compl...
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Recorded Feedback

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Digital technology makes it easy to provide custom feedback to individual singers As seen in the March/April issue of The Harmonizer, page 28.  By Dr. Jay Butterfield, Musical Director, Parkside Harmony chorus, jvbbbs1@gmail.com   About 20 years ago, when I was director of the Chorus of The Brandywine in Wilmington, Del., we instituted an effective vocal feedback program—effective, but al...
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