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Choose from five schools in one! Click on the college to learn more and to view the faculty members of each college.

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Harmony College

A course track for our barbershoppers (and the new and curious) who want to learn more about our style of music, leadership, and even history!

This event should be on every barbershopper’s “bucket list.” Coming to Harmony College means you can enjoy a potpourri of classes offered. You are not tied to a specific curriculum and have the freedom to enjoy many Harmony College classes. Harmony College classes are enlightening, engaging, and fun, and the extra curricular activities, the late night tagging, and all the ice cream you can eat will make you long for more hours in the day. General areas include:

  • Arranging
  • Vocal production
  • Theory
  • History
  • Performance practice

If you sign up for Harmony College, you will have a wide selection of courses to choose from, and we have added new class titles and faculty to give you many new choices!

2019 Harmony College Faculty

  • Steve Scott, dean
  • David Wright, PhD
  • Donya Metzger
  • Elizabeth Davies
  • George Gipp
  • Jake Bartlett, DMA
  • Nick Gordon
  • Paul Olguin
  • Peggy Leon
  • Philip Grant, PhD
  • Rich Knight
  • Sandi Wright
  • Beth Bruce
  • Steve Armstrong
  • Dan Wessler
  • Tim Beutel
  • BHS Marketing Team
  • Shane Scott
  • Greg Caetano
  • Marty Monson

Director's College

Inspire and uplift singers: become the director your chorus deserves!

Director's College has core offerings that we encourage you to take… but YOU get to choose. We hope you will always take:

1) Conducting Techniques

Our classes are broken down by your current directing situation:

  • Outstanding in Front: Me, a Director? (1 hour)
    People who are just starting to kick the idea of directing around, but only want to give an hour a day
  • Conducting Techniques for New and Aspiring Directors (2 hours)
    Brand new people (or getting-up-the-nerve people), and are ready to dive in deeper
  • Barbershop Conducting Techniques for Music Educators (2 hours)
    Music educators who would like to take their choral direction and move towards our melded BHS style
  • Conducting Techniques for BHS Front Line Directors (2 hours)
    Frontline directors who are in the trenches with a chorus

Each class has a registration limit of 15 and is a two block class (two hours). Gone are the days of 30 people with little one-on-one contact time. Much like listening to your favorite song, we encourage you to take this class over and over again. Class times are offered throughout the day. Geared for accomplished directors as well as emerging directors.

2) Private lessons in Conducting.

You may sign up for 30-minute private lessons with our faculty. While you will receive feedback in your conducting class, we know there is no replacement for private contact time. $25 a lesson.

3) Other core classes

Take a look at the many classes offered that apply to directors in and out of barbershop. Many are built to help with rehearsal techniques, general leadership principles, or even score study.

4) Jump start your week with director tutorials

View our playlist of Director video tutorials
(before you attend HU)

2019 Director's College Faculty

  • Don Campbell, DMA, Dean
  • Rob Mance
  • Shannon Jeffreys, DMA
  • Katie Taylor
  • Farris Collins

Music Educator's College

Whether you are a seasoned veteran, first-year teacher, or just about to graduate with your music degree, the Music Educator track at Harmony University is an opportunity to surround yourself with the worldwide experts of the barbershop style. Come learn everything you wanted to know about barbershop (and more!) – from history, to arranging, to vocal techniques. We will place you all together in the Music Educators seminar, then give you free choice to select just about anything you think is interesting to YOU! If you are unclear, use the tab that gives “First year suggestions” to guide you with some specific classes that would give you a great overview. We will even extend the offer for you to “float” and class hop.

Harmony University will offer Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) and graduate credits through Adams State. For further information, contact harmonyu@barbershop.org.

2019 Music Educator College Faculty

  • Darrin Drown, Dean
  • Katy Dane
  • Charlotte Murray

Performing Arts College & Coaching

Daily coaching for Quartet, Chorus, and Next Generation Mixed Chorus

This is for our students who attend as part of an organized singing group. Participants will have 2 two hour sessions, and students will have the opportunity to take electives classes. Some of our members will decide to rest between your coaching sessions... you choose! If you have no idea what to register for, look at our first year course suggestions.

Quartet Coaching

Monday-Friday your group will be coached by the same 3 world class coaches. They each represent three distinct areas, and while they each could coach outside of these areas, they will focus on:

  • Music (interpretation, development, tuning)
  • Singing (Vocal production issues)
  • Performance (authentic presentation of the song)

These coaches may be joined by a Coaching Apprentice and Observer to watch how they work with each group. On Friday night, you will sing and be recorded on our big stage for the entire student body. On Saturday, you will have a chance to sing a set in informal locations all over Nashville for non-barbershoppers -- test your skills with the type of audience for which you will perform back home!

Chorus Coaching

Monday-Friday your group will be coached by the same 3 world class coaches. They each represent three distinct areas, and while they each could coach outside of these areas, they will focus on:

  • Music (interpretation, development, tuning)
  • Singing (Vocal production issues)
  • Performance (authentic presentation of the song)

These coaches may be joined by a Coaching Apprentice and Observer to watch how they work with each group. On Friday night, you will sing and be recorded on our big stage for the entire student body. On Saturday, you will have a chance to sing a set in informal locations all over Nashville for non-barbershoppers -- test your skills with the type of audience for which you will perform back home!

In order to be considered for Chorus College:

  • You must place a deposit
  • Your chorus must bring 20 or more members to Harmony University
  • Understand that we will be giving you both musical AND leadership coaching during the week

Next Generation Mixed Chorus

For men and women ages 18 - 25

The Next Generation Chorus is for young men and women between the ages of 18 to 25 who want to learn more about barbershop. This chorus experience is a mix of fun, incredible learning, and just a great time.

The Next Generation Mixed Chorus will meet Monday to Friday to learn 4 or 5 songs! With your registration, you can also take additional classes and electives.

This week will help you become a better singer, arranger, or even a future chorus director! Sing in a phenomenal chorus that’s sure to be one of the highlights of your barbershop life!

Next Generation Scholarship Opportunities
We recognize that since many people this age are in high school, college, or newly in the workforce, they (or their families) may not be able to afford the cost of full tuition. Our process for the past four years was to grant half scholarships to the first 40 registered. This year, in order to have a better way to respond based on financial need, we have added a short application process that we hope will allow us to stretch our scholarship dollars further and accept more applications for NextGen specifically and for HU in general.

You can apply for a Next Generation scholarship HERE.

If you have questions about this change, please feel free to contact us at harmonyu@barbershop.org.

For those aged 18 and under

If you are under 18 years old by next July, please download and fill out the Participation & Release Form.

Email completed form to harmonyu@barbershop.org

2019 Performing Arts College Faculty

Steve Scott, Dean

Music Coaches

Steven Armstrong
Ron Black
Cary Burns
Andrew Carolan
Joe Cerutti
Paul Ellinger
Alex Morris
Steve Tramack

Performance Coaches

Mo Field
Dave Fobart
Will Lagos
Marty Lovick
Shawn Mondragon
Amy Rose
Theresa Weatherbee
Cy Wood

Singing Coaches

Ted Chamberlain
Anthony Colosimo
Peter Cunningham
Rick Knight
Eddie Martinez
Andrew Rembecki
Renee Tramack
John Ward

Next Generation Mixed Chorus (Men and Women ages 18-25)

The Next Generation Mixed Chorus is for young men and women between the ages of 18 - 25 who want to learn more about barbershop. This chorus experience is a mix of fun, incredible learning, and just a great time.

The Next Generation Mixed Chorus will meet Monday to Friday to learn 4 or 5 songs! With your registration, you can also take additional classes and electives.

This week will help you become a better singer, arranger, or even a future chorus director. Sing in a phenomenal chorus that’s sure to be one of the highlights of your barbershop life!

Scholarship Opportunities
We recognize that since many people this age are in high school, college, or newly in the workforce, they (or their families) may not be able to afford the cost of full tuition. Our process for the past several years was to grant half scholarships to the first 40 registered. This year, in order to have a better way to respond based on financial need, we have added a short application process that we hope will allow us to stretch our scholarship dollars further and accept more applications for NextGen specifically and for HU in general.

You can apply for a Next Generation scholarship HERE.

If you have questions about this change, please feel free to contact us at harmonyu@barbershop.org.

If you are under 18 years old by next July, please download and fill out the Participation Release Form.

Email completed form to harmonyu@barbershop.org

2019 Next Generation College Faculty

  • Rasmus Krigstöm, Director
  • Kim Newcomb, Double Date/Sub (Section Leader)
  • Blair Brown, Double Date (Section Leader)
  • Ravi Raghuram, Double Date (Section Leader)
  • Nathan Johnston, Double Date (Section Leader)