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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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Breathe life into your singing

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As seen in the March/April 2017 issue of The Harmonizer, page 24. By Debra Lynn, debralynn.vocalcoaching@gmail.com Bel canto (Italian for “beautiful singing” ) was the standard of singing technique from 1800 to about 1840, and is primarily concerned with upper body engagement, creating a clear, concentrated, free, resonant tone without force of any kind. Many other singing techniques have come s...
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Vocal Care for Senior Singers

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Keep your voice in top shape by NOT treating it like you used to - By Jim DeBusman, retired BHS music staff - jdebusman@att.net Keeping yourself active through singing has the power to heal and stimulate your mind and body. There are so many of us out there today who have been helped with our bronchitis, asthma and other forms of breathing issues because we sing. Follow the below steps to mainta...
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Heart Healthy Chapters

President Dan Sullivan writes that after several years of saying that he would like to sing barbershop, he finally joined the North Georgia Barbershop Singers and is enjoying it immensely. Even when he sings an off-key note or sings the wrong words, it can’t detract from how good singing makes him feel.  Writing in the Lake Lanier Chapter bulletin, Down Our Way, Dan says he "leaves every rehearsal...
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Ask a Judge, round 1: Crossing categories?

From Stephanie Dingle: How are members to handle situations when a judge, during evals, openly admits to crossing categories?  A Presentation judge spends more time discussing singing or music ... a Music judge saying there was a lack of musicality but I scored higher because of energy. These are a few vague issues I've heard myself, but I still question the idea that each category can be judged ...
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What’s the difference between an A-level chorus and a C-level chorus?

This question comes from a younger Society member who belongs to 52Eighty, 2010 Youth Chorus Festival Champions and Sound of the Rockies, 2009 international bronze medalist. He was a barbershopper elsewhere before moving to Colorado. We'll keep him anonymous so he can be blunt. Here's his question: Having come from choruses that post scores no higher than a 55% [high C-level], and now singing wi...
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Are we singers who fraternize, or a fraternity that sings?

Either one works for me. There's a lot of truth to the notion that many men don't want to join a chorus that sings at a less than high level. But read this post by Todd Ramirez, until recently of the Boise Chordsmen. (He recently moved to the Salt Lake City area). Todd is an experienced singer, but he forgot to assess the musical prowess of his chapter in the following email I got a while back. Yo...
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