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World-class Private Voice Instruction and Quartet Coaching will be available! Click here to reserve a time slot!

 

Tuesday, July 3rd

All classes are in the Hyatt (headquarters hotel), Lobby level, Bayhill rooms

All classes are 50 minutes long

All private instruction is in Bayhill 33

All students will be scanned at the door for entry with a day pass or full registration badge

 

Tuesday, 5 pm classes:

 

Performance Skills for the Rest of Us

Dave Fobart, Bayhill 17

Most of us enjoy the performances of the best of our breed and think “man, I wish my group could do that kind of stuff” but really, it just seems beyond us. This class shows how to implement performance techniques that will improve your audience’s enjoyment without requiring everyone to master advanced dance steps and Broadway acting chops.

 

Copyright 101

Janice Bane, Bayhill 18

BHS Copyright & Licensing Manager Janice Bane explains the maze in the world of copyright, and how it impacts the BHS music products you can (and can’t) purchase. If you want to learn more about music clearance, permission to arrange, public domain works, the Harry Fox Agency, and other copyright-related topics, this class is for you!

 

Voice Lessons under Glass

Steve Scott, Bayhill 19

Let BHS staffer and sought after voice coach and judge Steve Scott work with volunteers for 5 or 10 minutes, in front of the entire class. Each student will receive free (and gentle) voice coaching while the class will learn techniques to take back to their home quartet or chorus.

 

Tuesday, 6pm classes:

Conducting for New and Aspiring Directors

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 18

If you want to experience the thrill of directing your chorus, even for just one song or tag, this class will give you some basic techniques to help you feel confident and be successful. Class members will get to try their hand at getting a song started, directing a cut-off and ending a song. We will consider where to look, how to stand, how to hold your hand(s) and what things to say. The pros make it look easy, but anyone can do it! Come learn how.

 

Quartet coaching under Glass: Major Road

Steve Scott, Bayhill 19

Have you ever wanted to be “in the room where it happened” and watch how our top barbershop coaches work? This coaching under glass class will feature the quartet MAJOR ROAD.   Steve will address the quartet and audience as he teaches strategies to quickly improve as individuals and as an ensemble.  Students, bring something to write with… you are going to learn a lot from Steve!

Tuesday, 7 pm classes:

 

The Art of Teaching Tags

Drew Wheaton, Bayhill 17

We all love singing tags, but some of us struggle to teach them effectively to get the best results the fastest. In this class you will learn best practices for teaching even the more inexperienced tag singers difficult tags with success, and you’ll sing some great tags in the process! Before class, go to your app store and download the free tag application Tag Master (you will see an icon of a barber pole).

 

Adding Variety to your Chorus Rehearsal

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 18

Do you feel like your rehearsal routine is in a bit of a rut? You can create “fun” and engagement in your rehearsals that will leave your singers wanting to return next week. This class will explore concepts and techniques to bring new life to your rehearsals while still accomplishing the necessary tasks to prepare for your next performance. 

 

Sing the Polecats 1

Donny Rose, Bayhill 19

In 1970, the BHS wisely decided to standardize a set of 12 songs that all barbershoppers should learn. The unintentional and wonderful impact of this is now barbershop singers all over the world can instantly harmonize with strangers, much like jazz musicians can “jam” without knowing each other. Spend part of your day singing though our classics with BHS staffer Donny Rose. Stop sitting and start SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Tuesday, 8 pm classes:

 

Inside the Dapper Dans

Chad Bennett, Bayhill 17

What’s it like to be a professional barbershopper? Do you have what it takes to perform 2000 shows a year? Spend 50 minutes with current BHS staffer and retired Disney performer Chad Bennett. He will share videos and tell stories about his nearly twenty years as a member of the Dapper Dans of Walt Disney World.

 

Tags of the top quartets

Jay Hawkins, Bayhill 18

What does the bass of two gold medal quartets know about tags? A LOT! Spend 50 minutes with Jay and learn some of his favorite tags from our greatest groups in barbershop.

 

Youth Camps, Festivals, Programs, and More!

Sky Harris, Bayhill 19

Thinking about starting a youth camp or one-day festival? Or maybe just looking for some new ideas to spice up what you’ve already begun? Come find out how to get things going from the ground up – finding clinicians, getting music, effective scheduling, creative funding, resources from throughout the barbershop world, making community connections, and how to put it all together!

 

Tuesday, 9 pm classes:

 

Prepare for your ultimate performance

Jay Hawkins, Bayhill 17 

Getting ready for a contest or show is so much more than rehearsing. Let two time gold medalist Jay Hawkins talk about everything from choosing the right music, setting your song order, pacing, and even staging. Learn a few simple tools to guide you to our ultimate goal in performance: touching the audience and a standing ovation!

 

Sing the Polecats 2

Donny Rose, Bayhill 19

Our members loved our first Barberpole cat book, but wanted a more challenging set of songs for people who have been singing for more than 5 years. Spend some time reading through all our NEW polecats! See if this wonderful collection of songs might be a good fit for your chapter or quartet! Plus, we will have some fun… SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Wednesday, July 4th

All classes are in the Hyatt (headquarters hotel), Lobby level, Bayhill rooms

All classes are 50 minutes long

All private instruction is in Bayhill 33

All students will be scanned at the door for entry with a day pass or full registration badge

 

Wednesday, 11 am classes:

 

Basic Vocal Anatomy

Melody Hine, Bayhill 17

This is for singers who have little knowledge of what physically happens in the body during singing, and who would like to know the basics in order to improve. Spend 50 minutes with a long time barbershopper and vocal music teacher who can give you tools to help… today! 

 

Running a Quartet Chapter: Lessons from The Squares

Sean Huston, Bayhill 18

What if you could say yes to quartet performances more of the time because you can a sub list for the quartet built into Chapter Life? What if you truly made the community your focus? Chat with the members of The Squares in this 50 minute session about what they’ve learned running a quartet chapter for the past 4 years.

 

Conducting Refresher

Jay Dougherty, Bayhill 19

Whether you’re a novice conductor or a seasoned veteran, we can all use a bit of a refresher on our conducting craft. Join Dr. Jay Dougherty in this conducting refresher course and come away with a few new tips for improving your gestures and conducting skill. Each attendee will get to conduct and receive personal feedback.

 

Copyright 101

Janice Bane, Bayhill 20

BHS Copyright & Licensing Manager Janice Bane explains the maze in the world of copyright, and how it impacts the BHS music products you can (and can’t) purchase. If you want to learn more about music clearance, permission to arrange, public domain works, the Harry Fox Agency, and other copyright-related topics, this class is for you!

 

Wednesday, 12 pm classes:

 

Chorus vocal warm up time

Melody Hine, Bayhill 17

Learn from a barbershop brat and secondary music educator some new, fun, and cool vocal warm-ups that help choruses focus on intervals and tuning. It’s more than May-me-my-mow-moo!

 

Lead sheet to four-Part Harmony

Steve Delehanty, Bayhill 18

Spend some time with veteran arranger Steve as he uses a keyboard to take a lead sheet (melody and basic chords) to 4 part arrangements in the barbershop style. It is not just art: arranging is also science, and Steve can give you tools to help you on your arranging journey.

 

Conducting Refresher

Jay Dougherty, Bayhill 19

Whether you’re a novice conductor or a seasoned veteran, we can all use a bit of a refresher on our conducting craft. Join Dr. Jay Dougherty in this conducting refresher course and come away with a few new tips for improving your gestures and conducting skill. Each attendee will get to conduct and receive personal feedback.

 

Grant Basics 101

Ashley Brown, Bayhill 20

Your chapter is excited to make an impact your community, but you need some guidance to make your project just as exciting on paper? In addition to briefly describing the BHS grant process, this class will aid you in creating more persuasive and descriptive answers to grant proposal questions.

 

Wednesday, 1 pm classes:

 

From Broadway to Barbershop

Cy Wood, Bayhill 17

Learn techniques that professional Broadway actors use in their rehearsals and performances. Enhance your performance in barbershop based on these methods. Compare and contrast performances from Broadway to Barbershop.

 

The Art of Teaching Tags

Drew Wheaton, Bayhill 18

We all love singing tags, but some of us struggle to teach them effectively to get the best results the fastest. In this class you will learn best practices for teaching even the more inexperienced tag singers difficult tags with success, and you’ll sing some great tags in the process! Before class, go to your app store and download the free tag application Tag Master (you will see an icon of a barber pole). 

 

Quartet coaching under Glass

Steve Scott, Bayhill 19

Is your registered quartet at international AND not competing? Why not spend an hour with Steve and get some great, FREE coaching for your quartet? The class will watch as a quartet is coached with gentle fixes for better vocal production and sound. Students, bring something to write with… you are going to learn a lot from Steve!

 

Grant Basics 201

Ashley Brown, Bayhill 20

Our grant program is changing. Come learn about some of the nuances of our reporting procedures and application requirements like the timeline and budget to help you with your proposal!

 

Wednesday, 2 pm classes:

 

Look to the Lyrics!

Cy Wood, Bayhill 17

A lyricist has spent HOURS developing the language of the song you are singing. Have you spent the time REALLY studying the words? Let’s discover how to help your performance by looking at the lyrics in a different way!

 

Building the Voice from the Ground Up

Drew Wheaton, Bayhill 18

While simply making a sound is easy, to sing our absolute best a lot of things need to be going exactly right. In this class, you will learn the basics of good body alignment, breathing technique, phonation, resonation, and diction, to be the best singer you can be.

 

Voice Lessons under Glass

Steve Scott, Bayhill 19

Let BHS staffer and sought after voice coach and judge Steve Scott work with volunteers for 5 or 10 minutes, in front of the entire class. Each student will receive free (and gentle) voice coaching while the class will learn techniques to take back to their home quartet or chorus.

 

Youth Protection Updates

Ashley Brown, Bayhill 20

There have been a lot of changes to our Youth Protection requirements, and it can get confusing! We’ll go over all the changes and updated requirements for youth in chapters and events. This class is recommended for chapter leaders and youth event coordinators.

 

Wednesday, 3 pm classes:

 

Everyone In Harmony Chorus Rehearsal #1

Jim Henry, Debbie Cleveland, Double Date Quartet

Plaza Ballroom, Convention level (not lobby level like the other HU Orlando classes)

Please come watch two of our best barbershop educators on the planet teach and work with a group that has never sung together! See how music leaders can quickly transform any group… in three rehearsals! Please steal…uhm, learn from the best and take these lessons back home to your quartet or chorus. All rehearsals are 90 minutes long, and people who have not paid to be in the chorus are welcome to observe the rehearsal as part of our educational offerings.

 

Wednesday, 5 pm classes:

 

The Differences (and Similarities) Between The Four- and The Three-Category Judging Systems

Sandi Wright, Bayhill 17

Whether you are a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmony Incorporated, Sweet Adelines International, or members of the worldwide barbershop community there are subtle differences in the competition game. The Four Category System (Sound, Music, Expression and Showmanship) is used by Sweet Adelines International and the Three Category System (Singing, Music and Performance) is used by Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmony Incorporated, BinG!, BABS, LABS, SNOBS, and most everyone else. There are MANY similarities. There are some significant differences. Come and find out from one who judges in both systems. 

 

What are you doing with your time?

Rob Hopkins, Bayhill 18

What principles should guide you in creating and maintaining musical interest in a song performance so that you get listeners “hooked” and never let them off the hook? This former Music judge will share approaches that will lead to success.

 

From Frog to Fantastic- Vocal Preparations (that will make you fabulous.)

Jay Butterfield, Bayhill 19

Let long time chorus director, voice coach, and a guy with a couple of degrees in music performance teach you techniques to keep you singing a lovely, focused, and clear tone with no noise in the sound.

 

Sing the Polecats 1

Donny Rose, Bayhill 20

In 1970, the BHS wisely decided to standardize a set of 12 songs that all barbershoppers should learn. The unintentional and wonderful impact of this is now barbershop singers all over the world can instantly harmonize with strangers, much like jazz musicians can “jam” without knowing each other. Spend part of your day singing though our classics with BHS staffer Donny Rose. Stop sitting and start SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Wednesday, 6pm classes:

 

Conquering the Aging Voice

Sandi Wright, Bayhill 17

They tell us to use it or lose it, and that is true…well it doesn’t get any easier, does it? This class was developed because Sandi Wright is the epitome of an aging voice, but at 67 years old she was still in a top ten quartet. She’ll give you the physiological reasons why our voices aren’t what they used to be, and she’ll also give some advice that works for her. If you are singing along and notice that annoying little wobble, or if you go for a note and it doesn’t land in the spot you’re aiming for, this class is for you.

 

Conducting for New and Aspiring Directors

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 18

If you want to experience the thrill of directing your chorus, even for just one song or tag, this class will give you some basic techniques to help you feel confident and be successful. Class members will get to try their hand at getting a song started, directing a cut-off and ending a song. We will consider where to look, how to stand, how to hold your hand(s) and what things to say. The pros make it look easy, but anyone can do it! Come learn how.

 

Building an enduring culture of musical excellence— it’s NOT about winning!

Jay Butterfield, Bayhill 19

How do you start OR change a chorus that aspires for more? What steps and practices must be in place before your musical quality can really grow? Spend 50 minutes with the director of the Hershey PA chorus, who can share the blueprint of regular guys doing getting to the top 5 at international in just a few years time.

 

Sing the Polecats 2

Donny Rose, Bayhill 20

Our members loved our first Barberpole cat book, but wanted a more challenging set of songs for people who have been singing for more than 5 years. Spend some time reading through all our NEW polecats! See if this wonderful collection of songs might be a good fit for your chapter or quartet! Plus, we will have some fun… SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Wednesday, 7 pm classes:

 

Theater of the Impressed: Developing Genuine Emotional Performances for any Audience

Allen Otto, Bayhill 17

As performers, we can often become risk-averse, causing uninspired responses by those we most want to entertain. As a performer, our greatest asset is the audience’s support. We will explore tried-and-true ways of ensuring that your audience will connect, support, and energize each performance you give, including how to prepare, rehearse, and deliver emotionally engaging music every time! 

 

Trouble Shooting the Barbershop Chorus

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 18

Do you wish there was a “quick fix guide” for your chorus? Do you need a new strategy or technique to address a challenge you are having? A panel of experienced directors will share their successful techniques to deal with intonation, rhythmic unity, swing feel, vowel unity, singer independence, riser discipline, attendance, riser placement and other topics suggested from the audience.

 

Sing the new “Magic” book

Donny Rose, Bayhill 20

The Barbershop Harmony Society is publishing 8 new Disney arrangements in one collection, intentionally arranged at a medium-easy level. Come on by and try some of your favorite old and new songs from the magic of Walt Disney Studios! Yes, music is provided.

 

Wednesday, 8 pm classes:

 

Tag teaching techniques

Christina and Samantha Tramack, Bayhill 17

Let’s dive into the different visual and physical techniques of teaching tags to your chorus, quartet, or pick-up tag groups! Of course, we’ll sing some tags along the way to practice our newly learned techniques. It’s a unique way of looking at tag teaching from a different angle and the ways to make it easier for our groups to learn tags faster.

 

Thursday, July 5th

All classes are in the Hyatt (headquarters hotel), Lobby level, Bayhill rooms

All classes are 50 minutes long

All private instruction is in Bayhill 33

All students will be scanned at the door for entry with a day pass or full registration badge

 

Thursday, 4 pm classes:

 

Look Deeper – Find the magic in the music

Steve Tramack, Bayhill 17

A piece of sheet music is really a treasure map: one filled with clues to creating a living, breathing work of art. This course looks deeper into an arrangement with which almost every barbershopper is familiar, and looks at how we can find more music inside this music.

 

Barbershop with The Ladies

The Ladies: Quincie Smith, Caroline Hunt, Kim Newcomb, Ashley Brockman, Bayhill 19

An interactive class with songs sung by the 2016 international rising star champion quartet from Sweet Adelines, The Ladies. Topics will include genres of music within the barbershop style, flexibility with voice parts, the dynamic between quartet members, playing to your strengths, female voices, mixed barbershop, and more!

 

Swing it with a Groove

Tom Gentry, Bayhill 20

How to sing with a swing! Because so many of us are visual learners, we SEE written music with equal eighth notes, but the first one is twice as long, and this visual block messes us up! Spend some time with Tom on that groove that CAN be taught, and some simple exercises you can take back home and show that you CAN learn back beat and swing!

 

Sing the Polecats 2

Donny Rose, Bayhill 31

Our members loved our first Barberpole cat book, but wanted a more challenging set of songs for people who have been singing for more than 5 years. Spend some time reading through all our NEW polecats! See if this wonderful collection of songs might be a good fit for your chapter or quartet! Plus, we will have some fun… SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Thursday, 5 pm classes:

 

What makes it Barbershop?

Steve Tramack, Bayhill 17

Is barbershop a time in musical history from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s? Is it a particular chord progression with 33% of dominant seventh chords? Or is it a style of arranging with the melody in the second voice? Let master arranger and long time HU faculty member Steve explain!

 

Group Conducting Instruction

Kenny Wiser, Bayhill 18

Learn ways to promote clarity and expression through the conducting gesture. This course will help you gain awareness of the many messages you are sending to your singers (intentionally or not) through physical cues.

 

From Frog to Fantastic- Vocal Preparations (that will make you fabulous)

Jay Butterfield, Bayhill 19

Let long time chorus director, voice coach, and a guy with a couple of degrees in music performance teach you techniques to keep you singing a lovely, focused, and clear tone with no noise in the sound.

 

Woodshedding 101

Tom Gentry, Bayhill 20

Learn instant arranging skills by doing what the “old timers” did… sing songs of the day and make up harmony! Remember…this is how barbershop began, in the most pure form! Learn a few concepts for the harmony parts that will help you with most of your choices! You don’t have to read music or understand music theory… just come and let veteran barbershop guru Tom guide you along the way!

 

Quartet coaching under Glass: Ring Theory

Steve Scott, Bayhill 31

Have you ever wanted to be “in the room where it happened” and watch how our top barbershop coaches work? This coaching under glass class will feature the quartet RING THEORY.   Steve will address the quartet and audience as he teaches strategies to quickly improve as individuals and as an ensemble.  Students, bring something to write with… you are going to learn a lot from Steve!

 

Evolution of a Song

Jeff Gehm, Bayhill 32

Is your Quartet or Chorus constantly struggling with music? Much like a golf swing, fundamentals of picking and developing music to an inspiring performance isn’t by chance…there’s a formula for success. Get some ideas here!

 

5:30 pm:

Everyone In Harmony Chorus Rehearsal #2

Jim Henry, Debbie Cleveland, Double Date Quartet

Plaza Ballroom, Convention level (not lobby level like the other HU Orlando classes)

For rehearsal #2, our leaders are breaking us down into smaller groups and digging into the music deeper! All rehearsals are 90 minutes long, and people who have not paid to be in the chorus are welcome to observe the rehearsal as part of our educational offerings.

 

Thursday, 6pm classes:

 

From the Page to the Stage

Katy Dane, Bayhill 17

The class will explore musical learning processes that can take your ensemble on the fast track from the first look to the final performance. Singing, Music & Performance, get the most out of every step in every category to be performance-ready! Join Katy, a Music Educator, SAI & BHS Chorus Director as we cover rehearsal techniques for all types of learners. Look for the signs, find the roadmap, know the speed bumps, and buckle in to get the most out of the journey!

 

School Outreach Discussion

Kenny Wiser, Bayhill 18

Learn ways to promote the BHS’s new slogan “Everyone in Harmony” among the music educators in your area from an experienced educator and barbershopper. We will discuss the new Next Generation offerings as well as effective methods for running youth harmony events in your area. The purpose of this session is to provide you with tools to offer more meaningful support to your local school music programs.

 

Building an enduring culture of musical excellence— it’s NOT about winning!

Jay Butterfield, Bayhill 19

How do you start OR change a chorus that aspires for more? What steps and practices must be in place before your musical quality can really grow? Spend 50 minutes with the director of the Hershey PA chorus, who can share the blueprint of regular guys doing getting to the top 5 at international in just a few years time.

 

Quartet Master Class

Taken 4 Granite: Katrine Dickau, Samantha Tramack, Christina Tramack, Renée Tramack, Bayhill 20

Learn how Taken 4 Granite became International Quartet Champions of Harmony Incorporated. We will discuss the similarities and differences between Harmony Inc., BHS, and SAI. We will also discuss how we got started, rehearsal techniques that worked for us, how we choose music, and how to develop a song from paper to performance. Yes, we will sing a couple songs for you, too!

 

Copyright 101

Janice Bane, Bayhill 31

BHS Copyright & Licensing Manager Janice Bane explains the maze in the world of copyright, and how it impacts the BHS music products you can (and can’t) purchase. If you want to learn more about music clearance, permission to arrange, public domain works, the Harry Fox Agency, and other copyright-related topics, this class is for you!

 

The New Dynamic Small Chorus

Jeff Gehm, Bayhill 32

Is your small chorus going through a malaise? A lack of developing new songs, not inviting guests, uninspired chapter meetings, and you just don’t know what to do about it? This course is designed to motivate, inspire, and give you valuable resources and ideas to take back to your chorus to jump start it on to success.

 

Friday, July 6th

All private instruction is in the Hyatt (headquarters hotel), Lobby level, Bayhill 33

Attendees will be scanned at the door for day pass or full registration badge

 

Friday, 3 pm:

 

Everyone In Harmony Chorus Rehearsal #3

Jim Henry, Debbie Cleveland, Double Date Quartet

Plaza Ballroom, Convention level (not lobby level like the other HU Orlando classes)

For rehearsal #3, our leaders must decide what impact will give the “biggest bang for the buck” and help the choir reach new heights! What will Jim, Debbie and Double Date get after? What will they NOT do, 1 day before a performance? All rehearsals are 90 minutes long, and people who have not paid to be in the chorus are welcome to observe the rehearsal as part of our educational offerings.

 

Saturday, July 7th

All classes are in the Hyatt (headquarters hotel), Lobby level, Bayhill rooms

All classes are 50 minutes long

All private instruction is in Bayhill 33

All students will be scanned at the door for entry with a day pass or full registration badge

 

Saturday, 9 am classes:

Quartet Gold Medal Hour

Main Street, Hyatt Plaza (lobby level)

 

Barbershop Balance

Joe Cerutti, Bayhill 17

The Alexandria Harmonizers are one of our premier choruses with international gold medals and a competitive heart, yet barbershop contests occupy a relatively small part of their barbershop calendar. Performances for the government, out of country tours, community outreach, and even social justice issues are all part of the chapter culture. Spend 50 minutes with Joe as he talks about what you and your chapter can do in your community, besides singing on a contest stage for 7 minutes.

Theater of the Impressed: Developing Genuine Emotional Performances for any Audience

Allen Otto, Bayhill 18

As performers, we can often become risk-averse, causing uninspired responses by those we most want to entertain. As a performer, our greatest asset is the audience’s support. We will explore tried-and-true ways of ensuring that your audience will connect, support, and energize each performance you give, including how to prepare, rehearse, and deliver emotionally engaging music every time!

 

Adding Variety to your Chorus Rehearsal

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 19

Do you feel like your rehearsal routine is in a bit of a rut? You can create “fun” and engagement in your rehearsals that will leave your singers wanting to return next week. This class will explore concepts and techniques to bring new life to your rehearsals while still accomplishing the necessary tasks to prepare for your next performance.

 

Vocal & Visual Warm-ups

Peggy Viermann Leon, Bayhill 20

Help put some “Vocal & Visual” Focus to your Chorus Rehearsal. Examples & techniques that can be used in your Barbershop Chorus or in the music classroom will be shared.

 

Youth Protection Updates

Ashley Brown, Bayhill 23

There have been a lot of changes to our Youth Protection requirements, and it can get confusing! We’ll go over all the changes and updated requirements for youth in chapters and events. This class is recommended for chapter leaders and youth event coordinators.

 

BACK to BASICS: A collection of best practices used by the highest achieving choruses

Doug Carnes, Bayhill 24

Each director espouses different philosophies, techniques and goals to accomplish their epitome of the perfect “chorus sound.” We dive into a collection of eight basic pillars of singing that harbor healthy, in tune, and successful results. As directors many of us all know “the basics,” but how to get your choir to implement, and retain and scaffold these basics is a challenge all of its own.

 

The Flag on top of Cinderella’s Castle

Steve Wyszomierski, Bayhill 25

Let’s look at leadership from a completely different perspective. Whether it’s part of being a team member in leading your family, your business or your chapter, let’s eliminate many of the obstacles to success before we even start on that road to success. This session offers a unique approach to maximizing the potential in everyone who is part of your singing….your work….and your personal life.

 

Quartet coaching under Glass: Midtown

Steve Scott, Bayhill 27

Have you ever wanted to be “in the room where it happened” and watch how our top barbershop coaches work? This coaching under glass class will feature the quartet MIDTOWN.   Steve will address the quartet and audience as he teaches strategies to quickly improve as individuals and as an ensemble.  Students, bring something to write with… you are going to learn a lot from Steve! 

Saturday, 10 am classes:

Chorus Gold Medal Hour

Masters Of Harmony, Hyatt Plaza (lobby level)

 

Shaping the Sound of Your Singers

Joe Cerutti, Bayhill 17

We focus on so many important pieces of our performance and can forget this core element…our collective sound. When one person is added or subtracted from the group, the group is changed, yet the group’s understanding of techniques must be the same. Let Joe teach concepts that can unify and guide your singers to a new model for excellence in sound and production.

 

Running a Quartet Chapter: Lessons from The Squares

Sean Huston, Bayhill 18

What if you could say yes to quartet performances more of the time because you can a sub list for the quartet built into Chapter Life? What if you truly made the community your focus? Chat with the members of The Squares in this 50 minute session about what they’ve learned running a quartet chapter for the past 4 years.

 

Conducting for New and Aspiring Directors

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 19

If you want to experience the thrill of directing your chorus, even for just one song or tag, this class will give you some basic techniques to help you feel confident and be successful. Class members will get to try their hand at getting a song started, directing a cut-off and ending a song. We will consider where to look, how to stand, how to hold your hand(s) and what things to say. The pros make it look easy, but anyone can do it! Come learn how.

 

Introducing Barbershop in the Middle School/High School Classroom

Peggy Viermann Leon, Bayhill 20

You just found out you are teaching chorus next year, and you are not as comfortable as you wish to be! Learn some tricks of the trade to help you get started from an experienced Middle/High School Master Music Teacher.

 

Grant Basics 101

Ashley Brown, Bayhill 23

Your chapter is excited to make an impact your community, but you need some guidance to make your project just as exciting on paper? In addition to briefly describing the BHS grant process, this class will aid you in creating more persuasive and descriptive answers to grant proposal questions.

 

Mixed Quartetting 101

With Double Date Quartet: Ravi Raghuram, Blair Brown, Nathan Johnston, Michaela Johnston

And Vintage Mix Quartet: Anika Shoppach, Ian Shoppach, Julia Shoppach, Kelsey ShoppachBayhill 24

This class will introduce the basics of singing in a mixed quartet and address the unique challenges presented by mixed barbershop including song selection, competition, and revoicing existing arrangements. Double Date and Vintage Mix will share a bit about their process and answer any questions about mixed quartetting that attendees may have.

 

Bel Canto Basics for the Barbershopper

Debra Lynn, Bayhill 25

In this interactive and experiential class, Debra Lynn will go through the basic structural components of bel canto. Learn how to become an optimal, acoustic, resonating instrument, designed to amplify sound without force. This early 1800’s technique can revolutionize and rejuvenate your voice, maximizing your barbershop skills for singing ease and effectiveness.

 

Saturday, 11 am classes:

 

What Social Media can do for you… and what it can’t!

Amy Rose, Bayhill 17

The most frequent question about using social media for group is “But what will I get out of it?”. This class will show you how using various social platforms can impact your success and help you align your expectations. Not sure if it’s worth investing the time and money? Join us to learn how to maximize your reach and advertising dollar.

 

What are you doing with your time?

Rob Hopkins, Bayhill 18

What principles should guide you in creating and maintaining musical interest in a song performance so that you get listeners “hooked” and never let them off the hook? This former Music judge will share approaches that will lead to success.

 

Trouble Shooting the Barbershop Chorus

Rich Lapp, Bayhill 19

Do you wish there was a “quick fix guide” for your chorus? Do you need a new strategy or technique to address a challenge you are having? A panel of experienced directors will share their successful techniques to deal with intonation, rhythmic unity, swing feel, vowel unity, singer independence, riser discipline, attendance, riser placement and other topics suggested from the audience.

 

Presidents hour

Skipp Kropp, Bayhill 20

Spend 50 minutes with the BHS Society Board President Skipp Kropp. 80 years ago we were an inward-facing group of men who gathered to sing for their own personal enjoyment. In 2017, after more than two years of member feedback and strategic planning efforts, we announced our new vision, “Everyone in Harmony.” Today we are changing lives in ways our founders would be proud to see. Learn the Society Board’s role in the Everyone In Harmony vision.

 

Grant Basics 201

Ashley Brown, Bayhill 23

Our grant program is changing. Come learn about some of the nuances of our reporting procedures and application requirements like the timeline and budget to help you with your proposal!

 

Barbershop with The Ladies

The Ladies: Quincie Smith, Caroline Hunt, Kim Newcomb, Ashley Brockman, Bayhill 24

An interactive class with songs sung by the 2016 international rising star champion quartet from Sweet Adelines, The Ladies. Topics will include genres of music within the barbershop style, flexibility with voice parts, the dynamic between quartet members, playing to your strengths, female voices, mixed barbershop, and more!

 

Advanced Bel Canto for Artistry

Debra Lynn, Bayhill 25

Once we understand the basic structural components of bel canto, how do we integrate the principles for artistry? In this experiential class, we’ll learn about the nuances of A-Level quality sound, moving out of technical mode and into the realm of spellbinding performance delivery.

 

Sight-Singing With Solfege

Peter Cunningham, Bayhill 26

We will learn the 7 syllables and hand-signs that choirs around the world use to learn their music faster and more accurately. Originally developed by Kodaly, this system utilizes aural, visual, as well as kinesthetic learning to internalize the relationship of pitches, no matter which key you’re in! This is a sure-fire way to boost your music reading ability.

 

Tag, You’re It!

William Stutts Jr., Bayhill 27

Ever feel intimidated by tag singing because there is no music or the tag may be long? Fear not! William Stutts Jr. specializes in teaching great, short, and manageable tags that anyone can enjoy. The class will be taught in a group style setting, so if you may be a bit shaky on your part, there probably someone right beside you that can help guide you!

 

Saturday, 12 pm classes:

 

Performance Skills for the Rest of Us

Dave Fobart, Bayhill 17 

Most of us enjoy the performances of the best of our breed and think “man, I wish my group could do that kind of stuff” but really, it just seems beyond us. This class shows how to implement performance techniques that will improve your audience’s enjoyment without requiring everyone to master advanced dance steps and Broadway acting chops.

 

Running a Quartet Chapter: Lessons from The Squares

Sean Huston, Bayhill 18

What if you could say yes to quartet performances more of the time because you can a sub list for the quartet built into Chapter Life? What if you truly made the community your focus? Chat with the members of The Squares in this 50 minute session about what they’ve learned running a quartet chapter for the past 4 years.

 

Sight Singing/Aural Skills

Kenny Wiser, Bayhill 19

Learn to sing new music faster by becoming familiar with solfege (do, re, mi, etc.). In this class, we will build aural recognition skills using this helpful tool and make connections to the sheet music to give you the tools you need to be a more skilled sight reader.

 

BHS Open Town Hall

Marty Monson, Bayhill 20

What is the state of the Barbershop Harmony Society, especially as we launch into our next phase of Everyone In Harmony? Come to our town hall to listen, comment, and share! This class is 50 minutes, BUT will stay open for an additional hour if people would like to have deeper conversations with society board members and BHS staff.

 

Youth Camps, Festivals, Programs, and More!

Sky Harris, Bayhill 23

Thinking about starting a youth camp or one-day festival? Or maybe just looking for some new ideas to spice up what you’ve already begun? Come find out how to get things going from the ground up – finding clinicians, getting music, effective scheduling, creative funding, resources from throughout the barbershop world, making community connections, and how to put it all together!

 

It’s all connected!

Quincie Smith, Bayhill 24

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a rehearsal mentally and physically fatigued? Would you like to get more from each breath you take? Would you like to naturally cultivate more focus and emotional presence for your performances? Would you like to learn how to release tension from your body? Come spend time learning breathing techniques and gentle stretches to help leave you revitalized, focused, and mentally prepared to go and sing your best! Please wear clothing that you can move easily: this is an interactive workshop! 

 

The New Dynamic Small Chorus

Jeff Gehm, Bayhill 25

Is your small chorus going through a malaise? A lack of developing new songs, not inviting guests, uninspired chapter meetings, and you just don’t know what to do about it? This course is designed to motivate, inspire, and give you valuable resources and ideas to take back to your chorus to jump start it on to success.

 

Enlightened Leadership: From Fear to Faith!

Bill Colosimo, Bayhill 26

Participants at all leadership levels will gain proven, effective leadership skills to empower and motivate their team (chapter/chorus/ensemble) to achieve satisfying member experience and organizational success. Students will receive a complete “Successful Leadership Toolkit,” including a self-assessment rubric to measure their success as dynamic, effective leaders.

 

Sing the Polecats 1

Donny Rose, Bayhill 27

In 1970, the BHS wisely decided to standardize a set of 12 songs that all barbershoppers should learn. The unintentional and wonderful impact of this is now barbershop singers all over the world can instantly harmonize with strangers, much like jazz musicians can “jam” without knowing each other. Spend part of your day singing though our classics with BHS staffer Donny Rose. Stop sitting and start SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Saturday, 1 pm classes:

 

From Broadway to Barbershop

Cy Wood, Bayhill 17

Learn techniques that professional Broadway actors use in their rehearsals and performances. Enhance your performance in barbershop based on these methods. Compare and contrast performances from Broadway to Barbershop.

 

Group Conducting Instruction

Kenny Wiser, Bayhill 19

Learn ways to promote clarity and expression through the conducting gesture. This course will help you gain awareness of the many messages you are sending to your singers (intentionally or not) through physical cues.

 

Decision by Committee… That Actually Works?!

With Harmonic Collective: Sky Harris, Sagan Harris, Jason Kammerer, Armando Villa-Ignacio

Bayhill 23

How do you choose music that fits the skill and personality your chorus? When you utilize the strengths of your whole music team, structure discussions so every voice matters, and facilitate with 21st century technology, decision by committee is not just possible, it can even be better! Come find out how to explore music selection from a new angle – the team approach!

 

Dare To Prepare

George G. Gipp, Bayhill 24

Stage Worthy, Stunning Performances rooted in Authenticity require one special component – YOU! A performer actually gains audience acceptance based on the ability to communicate reliable truth and experiences. If you convey these in a genuine fashion, your performance will speak authentically. Let George show you how.

 

Evolution of a Song

Jeff Gehm, Bayhill 25

Is your Quartet or Chorus constantly struggling with music? Much like a golf swing, fundamentals of picking and developing music to an inspiring performance isn’t by chance…there’s a formula for success. Get some ideas here!

 

Enlightened Leadership: From Fear to Faith!

Bill Colosimo, Bayhill 26

Participants at all leadership levels will gain proven, effective leadership skills to empower and motivate their team (chapter/chorus/ensemble) to achieve satisfying member experience and organizational success. Students will receive a complete “Successful Leadership Toolkit,” including a self-assessment rubric to measure their success as dynamic, effective leaders.

 

Sing the Polecats 2

Donny Rose, Bayhill 27

Our members loved our first Barberpole cat book, but wanted a more challenging set of songs for people who have been singing for more than 5 years. Spend some time reading through all our NEW polecats! See if this wonderful collection of songs might be a good fit for your chapter or quartet! Plus, we will have some fun… SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

 

Saturday, 2 pm classes:

 

Look to the Lyrics!

Cy Wood, Bayhill 17

A lyricist has spent HOURS developing the language of the song you are singing. Have you spent the time REALLY studying the words? Let’s discover how to help your performance by looking at the lyrics in a different way!

 

Marketing 101

Holly J. Kellar and members of the BHS Marketing Team, Bayhill 18

Facebook and branding and ads… oh my! Whether you’re promoting your quartet or your chapter show, marketing can be scary. Where do you even start? This session will offer marketing tips from a panel of Harmony Hall experts and a chance to ask questions and share best practices. Marketing is more than science… it’s also art.

 

Laws of Leadership for chapter leaders

Kenny Wiser, Bayhill 19

This is a discussion open for all directors, leaders, and anyone seeking to hone their leadership skills. Here we will share ideas and learn from each other. Topics will be based on John C. Maxwell’s New York Times Best Seller “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

 

Your Chapter and BHS

James Pennington, Bayhill 20

The Healthy Chapter Initiative is in place at Harmony Hall to give our diverse array of chapters the resources and support they need to thrive on their own terms. Spend 50 minutes with the Society’s new Chapter Success Manager, James Pennington, and facilitators from the BHS Leadership Operations Project Team to navigate some of the questions you and your chapter leaders should consider to plan for the future you want.

 

Kids These Days…

Harmonic Collective, Sky Harris, Dave Lunden, Bayhill 23

Join the young men of Harmonic Collective, their dads, and their music teacher to find out how an intergenerational chapter experience can strengthen relationships and music programs, as well as build a culture where brotherhood means more than anything else. How do you go from 20 boys in a youth contest to 45 in an all-ages chapter in two years? We’ll share creative ways to approach building a chapter from the ground up… by starting with the kids! 

 

Of All The NERVE

George Gipp, Bayhill 24

You work so hard and try to be smart. Your song selection compliments the quartet vision. Your preparation is consistent and complete. Costumes and grooming…CHECK! Sadly, everything can come unglued because of the inability to manage one’s nerves. In 90 minutes we will explore a series of solutions, answers and research-based tactics that not only make consistent high-level performances possible…but a reality! We’ll address the mental side of performing. So if you have been frustrated with performance anxiety or sub-par performances and don’t know how to change things – help is on the way. In fact it’s HERE.

 

Dollars and Impact: The Virtuous Circle of Getting Grants For Your Chapter

Kevin Lynch, Bayhill 26

The Great Northern Union Chorus has raised over $350,000 in grants from public and private sources over the last six years. This session led by the architect of GNU’s grant strategy and the Society’s CSO, will give a high level look at how a chapter can explore the world of grantseeking.

 

Sing the new “Magic” book

Donny Rose, Bayhill 27

The Barbershop Harmony Society is publishing 8 new Disney arrangements in one collection, intentionally arranged at a medium-easy level. Come on by and try some of your favorite old and new songs from the magic of Walt Disney Studios! Yes, music is provided.

 

3:15 pm:

 

Mega Sing!

Donny Rose, West Concourse, Orlando Convention Center Lobby

It’s Orlando, so singing outside might be too hot… and rainy! After our HU classes, let’s walk over to the West convention center lobby (right outside the Chapin Theater) and sing your favorite barbershop classics from our Polecat 1 and 2 books, one after another! What does a chorus of hundreds sound like? Be part of the fun and find out!

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