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Chapter Guidelines for Conducting a Music Director Search

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Sooner or later every chapter/chorus will find it necessary to find a new music director. Many things can be done to maximize the probability of success in finding a director. We recognize that this isn’t always an easy process, but we hope these guidelines can help provide some suggestions around the process of a search. Important note: These guidelines are not intended to be a ‘checklist’ bu...
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Rogue Valley Harmonizers step up to fill gaps in music education

No Strings Attached. Do what's needed. Start by listening. The Medford, Oregon, Rogue Valley Harmonizers have mastered key principles of outreach efforts over the past decade, and are making a lasting impact on students throughout their community, funded in part by grants from the Barbershop Harmony Society. This recent story in the Mail Tribune paints a beautiful picture of a committed group of ...
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Clipper City Chordsmen celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day

Our Society's April 11 birthday can be the occasion for nice bread-and-butter press coverage, like this article featuring the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Clipper City Chordsmen. The reporter nicely covers not only the history of the style and Society, but more importantly, the key emotional rewards of singing together:  Bruce Beyer points out that “For me, the camaraderie and friendship are the...
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One Month at a Time: Finding my voice with the Kanawha Kordsmen

We seldom see "embedded reporting" about barbershop, so we really love this writer's immersion into the barbershop experience with the Charleston, West Virginia, Chapter: More than a year ago, I stumbled into the idea of taking a month to explore a topic I didn’t know much about. One topic led to another and then another and so on. This series has taken me some interesting places. I’ve learn...
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Ragtime Gals Mix-A-Lot of genres with “Baby Got Back”

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https://youtu.be/6O86IC6ddm8?list=PLcwXdNVvSNbhL_M7kDRqAAgHb-LRZjcH5 Late night TV loves two things: rap and barbershop. While the first probably gets more total airtime, the latter has a powerful advocate in Jimmy Fallon, whose Ragtime Gals quartet has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The boys are at it one more time with a song that won Sir Mix-A-Lot th...
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Ragtime Gals welcome guests to Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon at Universal Studios

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Starting in April, the beloved Dapper Dans of Walt Disney World won't be the only barbershop quartet appearing regularly in an Orlando theme park. Universal Studios is currently previewing a new attraction, Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon. The pre-show entertainment includes live performances by a quartet inspired The Ragtime Gals on NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. As on TV, the...
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The Idea of “Talent” Is Toxic to Childhood Development | Time.com

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Time.com's IDEAS section highlights a truth that will bring a sad nod of recognition to most Barbershoppers: Research shows that many adults who think of themselves as “unmusical” were told as children that they couldn’t or shouldn’t sing by teachers and family members.... Children are natural musicians, as they readily sing, dance and play music from the time they are infants. People ask me all...
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WoodSongs featuring RINGMASTERS premiering on public television stations in April

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Ringmasters, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2012 International Quartet Champion, headlines a wide-ranging cast of barbershop performers on WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Show, premiering in April on dozens of public television stations. Recorded live last July at the historic Lyric Theater in Lexington, Kentucky, WoodSongs is a weekly celebration of Americana and roots music, and they were delighte...
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Memorial gifts Keep a Melody Ringing

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It is tragic to lose a friend or loved one. Many of us are left wondering how to pay tribute to those who have meant so much. For fellow Barbershoppers who dedicated a significant portion of their lives to singing, Harmony Foundation offers the Keep a Melody Ringing program. When one of our cherished friends passes, memorial gifts not only recognize a life enriched by singing, but they create a...
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Direct them to the dotted line… A Sample Contract for Chapter Music Leaders

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Most chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society have a music director for their chorus. BHS has provided a SAMPLE contract as a starting point for negotiations and conversations with your music leader. As with any type of contract, it may be appropriate for the chapter and the individual to negotiate amendments and modifications to suit their own circumstances. If either party is in doubt about ...
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