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Main Street wins International Quartet Championship

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Main Street, a traditionally-styled barbershop  quartet based in Orlando, proved there’s still a place for straw hats and arm garters in the upper reaches of  a cappella singing, as it captured the 2017 international championship of the Barbershop Harmony Society on Saturday, July 9 in Las Vegas. Even as the competition brought new sounds and stylish intensity to the contest, the six-time medal...
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Member Center launches this week!

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After several months of user testing and feedback, we’re excited to announce that the new Member Center will launch on Thursday, July 13. Here’s the schedule. Wednesday , July 12, 8:00 am CDTeBiz.barbershop goes offline for transition to new system No applications or renewals will be processed online or internally. You will still have access to shop.barbershop.org and your 25% member discount...
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Flightline wins Youth championship

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Flightline, a quartet from Anaheim, beat out 22 other young quartets from around the world to capture the 25th annual Youth Barbershop Quartet Championship Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. The contest opened the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 79th annual convention. Singing “The Nearness Of You” and “Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)” the quartet posted A-level scores comparable to those in the open di...
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Pratt Street Power, GQ appear at music education rally at Capitol

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Current Barbershop Harmony Society youth champs Pratt Street Power appeared with women's quartet GQ this week at the 2017 Collegiate Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, as part of the annual Hill Day event sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The event draws music educators and music ed students from around country to speak and learn about ways to promote the essential...
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Stay Up All Night for “The Chew’s” BBQ Special

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Look for international quartet quarter-finalists Up All Night making a number of appearances on “The Chew: The Best Backyard Barbecue in HISTORY!”  (Missed it? You can still see it on demand through many cable and satellite services.) The “Barbecue Shop Quartet” plays a prominent role opening and closing the show as well as singing  intros to each menu course as Carla Hall, Mario Battali and Mich...
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Stop by the BHS Membership Booth in Las Vegas — you might win a great prize!

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If you are attending the 2017 International Convention in Las Vegas this July, be sure to check out our Membership Booth located in the Registration/Marketplace area. Whether you are a member or an associate, a quartetter or just a Barbershop aficionado, there is fun to be had. We’re excited to present our members, associates, and registered quartets with a logo sticker for your badge to show off ...
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Plumbing the depths of our video archives

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When I was hired as the new A/V Manager of the Barbershop Harmony Society back in April of 2014,  my predecessor, Aaron Johnson, took me down to the basement to show me the media archive. He unlocked the doors and walked me around a corner which featured stage apparel of previous gold medalists, O.C. Cash’s cigar sitting on an ash tray, and all of Cash’s scrapbooks from the earliest years of our ...
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Marty Lovick on Forefront: “Good ensembles make coaches look good”

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By Marty Lovick, Performance coach martylovick@shaw.ca   My first session with Forefront was on a blustery January day in 2015 in New Orleans. It was cold outside, but they were firing on all cylinders. At our first meeting, they showed willingness to go further down the path they had created for themselves. Given their penchant for doing “epic” material, this was no mean task; however som...
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Instant Classic on Forefront: “We honestly thought they would hate us!”

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  Instant Classic and Forefront have always had a close – yet somewhat competitive – “barbershop bromance.” The Hughes brothers and the Kitzmiller brothers tagged into the wee hours at many Cardinal District competitions and events. And the two quartets competed against each other many times at the district and international levels. Drew even served as one of Instant Classic’s coaches. "...
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Barbershop champs star in New Zealand singing show “The Naked Choir”

The path from high school quartet singers to world champs is already well-known to Barbershoppers, but now New Zealand television viewers have gotten a heaping dose of our pals from Musical Island Boys.  TVNZ's The Naked Choir, an a cappella singing show, featured tenor Jeff Hunkin as host and bass Matt Gifford as a judge in the recently concluded series. Along the way, they shared their storie...
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