The 2019 Annual Report print version is available in the September/October issue of The Harmonizer.
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Story Highlight: Wildfire
“I had no musical experience going into high school. I didn’t know anything. Now I’m an assistant director to a top-10 chorus in the world. It’s amazing what barbershop can do. I didn’t know anything a few years ago, and now I teach tags and feel confident about my musical abilities. I would never have had that opportunity without barbershop. I was never that engaged by music. Now, I feel like even more than just singing, I have something fun in life that brings me so much joy.”
“Barbershop was the backbone of my life this year. It was a place to come back to whenever I had nowhere else to turn. I can always count on these guys if I needed a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to, and they were always there for me. And that’s what barbershop is: you come together to sing, but the friendships and long-lasting relationships are the result of it. Barbershop is definitely about music, but it’s about the family aspect too. I am more connected than I have ever been before.”
“Barbershop weekends really are like mini-vacations with your best friends doing something you love more than anything else in the world.”
“There are a lot of valuable skills you learn singing barbershop harmony. For me, barbershop helps build a strong work ethic, enhances music savviness, and strengthens musicianship.”