Come Sing in LA!
Don’t miss this opportunity to sing with some of the best directors and clinicians that barbershop has to offer!
LA2020 won’t just be phenomenal shows… there are more opportunities to sing than ever before! Read about the different ways you can get involved below, and stay tuned for more details and registration information.
YOU can sing at International!
AHSOW: Harmonize by Ear
What is AHSOW?
The Ancient Harmonious Society of Woodshedders (AHSOW) was formed in 1977 with the purpose to preserve the skill of woodshedding as an art form within the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Woodshedding is three individual voices (tenor, bari, and bass) creating barbershop harmonies by ear to a Lead’s melody, without any written arrangement.
The melody is introduced by the lead so all can become familiar with it, but should not have a well-known arrangement. This art hearkens back to over a century ago, to the origins of barbershop quartet singing, where four men would gather (frequently at the local barber shop) and harmonize to the familiar tunes of the day.
Harmonize by ear at International!
All are welcome to participate in this century-old art form. No preparation or advance sign-ups are required; simply check the schedule of events or convention program for the most up-to-date information, including meeting days/times and rooms.
Everyone in Harmony Chorus
...with guest director Deke Sharon!
About the Chorus
Join the third annual Everyone in Harmony Chorus! The chorus is open to anyone attending the International Convention in Los Angeles (including BHS members and non-members) who wants to sing in a formal performing group. An all-event registration is NOT required to participate!
Participants will prepare two songs ahead of time and arrive in LA with the music learned and ready for jam-packed and fun rehearsals. BHS has commissioned Deke Sharon to produce two brand new SATB arrangements for this event! Music and tracks will be made available in late Spring.
All rehearsals will take place at the JW Marriott LA LIVE (Headquarters Hotel), located at 900 West Olympic Blvd. The chorus will perform at the Microsoft Theater during the Saturday night finale.
Guest Director: Deke Sharon
Deke Sharon has been working with singers and ensembles around the world for over 30 years and has been an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2016.
The aca-godfather. Founder of the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America. Music director of the Pitch Perfect movies. Star of the Pitch Slapped docuseries on Lifetime. Vocalist. Teacher… and those are just the things you can see! Deke Sharon might be the single most visible, vocal and persuasive advocate for the joy of singing in the public eye today. And by the way — he loves barbershop, which he describes as “a cappella’s martial art.”
We are ecstatic to work with Deke at our International Convention this year. Join us!
Stay tuned for pricing and registration information!
Harmony Platoon | July 1 - 4, 2020
One Price, Four Events!
Learn five challenging and rewarding songs ahead of time, get placed into a pickup quartet, compete in a fun, exciting, and friendly competition, and make friends from all over the world to sing with all week.
You will be provided charts and part-predominant and full mix learning tracks for all songs. Learn them COLD so that everyone can be guaranteed to sing with fully prepared singers!
2020 International Schedule
Experience the JOY and EXCITEMENT of quartet singing and friendly competition!
The International Harmony Platoon will feature 3 Harmony Platoon contests and a community performance at the Headquarters hotel.
Compete in 1, 2, or all 3 Luck-of-the-Draw Contests (NEW this year: no song draw; sing any of the five song options).
Songs to Prepare
Blue Skies (fun fact: the 1926 Broadway debut had 24 encores!)
arr. Clay Hine | Track Artist: Tim Waurick
I'm Walkin' (Fats Domino -- and OC Times!)
arr. Aaron Dale | Track Artist: Tim Waurick
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (Soggy Bottom Boys)
arr. Aaron Dale | Track Artist: Kohl Kitzmiller
Almost Like Being in Love (From the musical Brigadoon)
arr. David Harrington | Track Artist: Tim Waurick
Kokomo (Beach Boys)
arr. Don Reckenbeil | Track Artist: Chris Arnold
Registration and Payment Information
$25 USD* gives you:
- CHARTS and all LEARNING TRACKS for all 5 songs (every part predominant and full mix).
- More QUARTET SINGING than you ever did at a convention (before Platoon came along).
- A quality QUARTET CHALLENGE that is exciting, fun, and memorable.
- NEW FRIENDS from all over North America (and beyond) who can’t wait to sing with YOU!
- Official color-coded Harmony Platoon LANYARD to locate other HP singers ALL WEEK.
Using www.paypal.com, send $25* to firstname.lastname@example.org (use Friends and Family option).
To send a check by mail, please email email@example.com for USPS mailing address
To expedite the delivery of your music, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Name and address
Mobile phone number
For More Information:
If you would like to explore other payment methods or receive more information, feel free to contact Harmony Platoon Chairman Don Salz at email@example.com or (916) 813-2959.
*Canada addresses must add US $5 to cover additional postage.
Sing with the Champs
Everyone is welcome to show up and sing with their favorite champs.
Sign up at the door and sing the night away!
Top-notch tag teachers will be available in specified areas at specific times to help teach tags to barbershoppers at any skill level.
Once the convention begins, check the program (and Jumbotron) for the latest information on when and where these Zones will be hosted.
Private Voice Lessons & Coaching
Ask any singer, any quartet, or any chorus that has worked with our top-notch team of vocal health experts and they’ll tell you that it is truly amazing how even the smallest adjustments to head, neck, and body position can create a more relaxed, free vocal instrument, enabling the voice to perform at its maximum potential.
The Barbershop Harmony Society will be offering private lessons and coaching that utilizes cutting-edge teaching techniques to ensure proper, healthy, sustainable singing that can last a lifetime.
Whether you’re a beginner singer or a seasoned Barbershopper, you will benefit tremendously from receiving this top-notch guidance towards a path of healthier, more successful singing performances