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Education at Midwinter

Brush up on your barbershop skills

We are proud to offer education classes at all of our conventions, including Midwinter. Your registration includes attendance at any class that peaks your interest - simply show up and attend!

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Voice Lessons

Ready to up your singing game or polish your quartet sound?

Sign up for voice lessons or coaching at Nashville Midwinter!

All lessons and coaching are taught by BHS Music Educator and Singing Health Specialist, Steve Scott.

Sign up for a voice lesson:

Wednesday, January 23

Thursday, January 24

Saturday, January 25


Questions?

Contact education@barbershop.org.

Class Schedule

Wednesday, January 23

Time Governor's Ballroom North (B, AE)
2:00 p.m. Changing Behavior & Motivation w/ Kevin Keller

Thursday, January 24

Time Governor's Ballroom C Governor's Ballroom D
3:00 p.m. Society Board Town Hall w/ Society Board of Directors Performance techniques to help your songs come to life w/ Brian O'Dell
4:00 p.m. Town Hall, continued Diversity and Inclusion in 20 Words or Less w/ Robert Wilson
5:00 p.m. Grant Basics for Barbershoppers w/ Ashley Brown The Ins and Outs & In-betweens of a Great Performance w/ Shawn Mondragon

Saturday, January 26

Time Governor's Ballroom C Opryland - Chamber C
8:00 a.m. HFI Town Hall w/ Perry White 5 Leadership Practices w/ Leadership Operations Project Team
9:00 a.m. BHS Town Hall w/ Marty Monson The Effective Music Leadership Team w/ Leadership Operations Project Team
10:00 a.m. Gold Medal Hour w/After Hours Quartet Yoga Basics for Barbershoppers
11:00 a.m. David Wright Teaches David Wright Tags Yoga Basics for Barbershoppers
12:00 p.m. Conquering the Aging Voice w/ Sandi Wright Involving Youth In Your Show w/ Katie Taylor
1:00 p.m. The Ins and Outs & In-betweens of a Great Performance w/ Shawn Mondragon Become a Change-able Leader w/ Leadership Operations Project Team
2:00 p.m. Race and #Real Talk w / HALO quartet THINK!/Chapter Assessment w / Leadership Operations Project Team
3:00 p.m. Mixed Harmony Sing Along w / Donny Rose, Steve Scott Empowering Leadership w / Leadership Operations Project Team
4:00 p.m. Voice Lessons Under Glass w/ Steve Scott Dollars & Impact w/ Kevin Lynch

Class Descriptions

Click on the class titles below to learn more about each session.

Wednesday, January 23

Changing Behavior & Motivation - The ABC Model

2 pm

Governor's Ballroom North (B, AE)

Kevin Keller

50 minutes

This class deals with the age-old issues of motivating members to attend rehearsals, learn music, and engage your chapter at a higher level. We will explore methods that have proven in industry to be much more effective with adult learners, as well as why some of the motivational methods we experienced in the 1960’s may not produce the results you wish in 2019.

Tag Time

3 pm

Governor's Ballroom North (B, AE)

Donny Rose

50 minutes

Let’s learn some 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. If you have had “bad” experiences trying tag singing in the past, come hang out for 50 minutes in a safe, fun, and musically rewarding setting.

Sing the Polecats, Book One

4 pm

Governor's Ballroom North (B, AE)

Donny Rose

50 minutes

In 1970, the BHS wisely decided to standardize a set of 12 songs that all barbershoppers should learn when they joined. The unintentional and wonderful impact of this is now barbershop singers all over the world can instantly harmonize with strangers. Spend 50 minutes singing though our classics with BHS staffer Donny. Stop sitting and start SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

Sing the Polecats, Book Two

5 pm

Governor's Ballroom North (B, AE)

Donny Rose

50 minutes

Our members loved our first Barberpole cat book, but wanted a more challenging set of songs for people who have been singing for a few years. Spend 50 minutes reading through our next set of songs, including Hello Mary Lou and First Hello. See if this wonderful collection of songs might be a good fit for your chapter or quartet. Stop sitting and start SINGING! Yes, music is provided.

Thursday, January 24

Society Board Town Hall

3 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

Society Board: Dick Powell, John Miller, Skipp Kropp, John Santora, Jeremy Albright, Steve Denino, John Donehower, David Haedtler, Randy Loos, Marty Monson, Bernard Priceman, Perry White.

50 minutes, + follow up time

The Society Board is tasked with the WHY of our direction in the Barbershop Harmony Society, while the Harmony Hall staff are tasked with the HOW of implementing these programs. Our panel discussion will open with a short update about Everyone In Harmony, but the majority of the time will be open for your questions, celebrations and concerns. Because you may wish to continue after our class time has expired, our board members will remain for an additional hour for your follow up questions and conversations.

Performance techniques to help your songs come to life

3 pm

Governor's Ballroom D

Brian O’Dell

50 minutes

There are things you can do in your regular warm-ups that will help train you to express yourself in your singing. Learn how to use the lyrics of a song to engage in the emotion of the song. Based on the lyrics or the emotion of a song, discover a little of what may have prompted an arranger to write a passage the way they did and how to take advantage of them.

Diversity and Inclusion in 20 Words or Less

4 pm

Governor's Ballroom D

Robert L. Wilson

50 minutes

The world is changing dramatically and our struggle to respect one another's perspectives is harming the most sacred tenant of our organizations, campuses, and society as a whole. Why is diversity and inclusion so important to our organizations? What is holding us back from creating truly inclusive organizations? How do we overcome our own biases? Learn how to truly master inclusion ... in twenty words or less.

Grant Basics for Barbershoppers

5 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

Ashley Brown

50 minutes

Your chapter is excited to make an impact your community, but you need some guidance and funding to make your project come true. Ashley's class goes over the basics of grant writing as it applies to the BHS grant process, but all takeaways are easily transferable to outside funders as well. Topics include budgets, timelines, and measurement/evaluation. You can get money for your chapter… learn how to ask more effectively!

The Ins and Outs & In-betweens of a Great Performance

5 pm

Governor's Ballroom D

Shawn Mondragon

50 minutes

This class explores the seldom discussed yet important details that can make or break performance. We will cover techniques that can be introduced months or even during your performance. Shawn will cover how to deal with vocal problems, entering and exiting the stage, pitch pipe technique, and group and individual focus. Learn how a greater understanding of all the “little” things add up to huge impact on your next quartet or chorus performance.

Saturday, January 26

HFI Town Hall

8 am

Governor's Ballroom C

Perry White

50 minutes

Harmony Foundation International is celebrating 60 years! Spend 50 minutes with former college president and choir director Dr. Perry White, HFI's CEO, as he shares about the history of the Foundation, current goals and state of affairs as well as plans for the future. Questions, comments, and concerns in this open forum are welcome.

The Five Leadership Practices

8 am

Chamber C

Leadership Operations Project Team: Greg Caetano, Rob Macdonald, Terry Reynolds, Steve Wyszomierski

50 minutes

The difference between an organization that simply survives and one that thrives is leadership. Leaders must not only have a vision, but they must possess the ability to translate that vision into reality. In this course, you will discover the five best practices of leadership: possessing a driving passion to realize a vision, cultivating relationships built on trust, unleashing the motivation of members, acting as a social architect, and relating to all people from a foundation of positive intentions.

BHS Town Hall

9 am

Governor's Ballroom C

Marty Monson

50 minutes

What is the state of the Barbershop Harmony Society, especially as we enter our next phase of Everyone In Harmony? Spend 50 minutes with lifelong barbershopper and CEO Marty as he covers our next steps and milestones in Everyone In Harmony. Marty and the staff are tasked with the “HOW” of implementing our strategic vision. You will have opportunities to comment or ask questions along the way.

The Effective Music Leadership Team

9 am

Chamber C

Leadership Operations Project Team: Greg Caetano, Rob Macdonald, Terry Reynolds, Steve Wyszomierski

50 minutes

Let’s explore the ways a music leadership team can operate and work together to deliver a positive music program that supports your chapter goals and invigorates your members. Avoid director burn out (or dictatorship) with some real strategies for working together as a highly functioning team. Directors, music team members, and the curious are all welcome to attend.

Quartet Gold Medal Hour

10 am

Governor's Ballroom C

After Hours

50 minutes

Hear how After Hours quartet was born, experienced a lead change a few years back, and how this journey sharpened their drive to excellence and finally barbershop gold. Yes…. they will be singing!

Yoga Basics for Barbershoppers

10 am and 11 am

Chamber C

Small World Yoga

50 minutes

Your yoga practice starts now. Start learning the yoga basics and have some fun at the same time! Breathing, partner poses, balancing and relaxing can all be gateways into your own yoga practice. These yoga exercises will lift you up and enhance your mind and body coordination. Take home these effective poses and breathing exercises to use in your singing and to relax and get fit. Don't be shy, we are here to help you find peace with the your mind and body connection. Namaste.

David Wright teaches David Wright tags

11 am

Governor's Ballroom C

David Wright

50 minutes

Spend part of your morning with Barbershop legend (you guessed it) David Wright as he teaches tags he has written from his 35 years as an arranger of barbershop music. He will add anecdotes and points of information about each tag. And yes… YOU will be seeing them on the screen and singing them too!

Conquering the Aging Voice

12 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

Sandi Wright

50 minutes

They tell us to use it or lose it, and that is true… well, it doesn't get any easier, does it? We will cover the physiological reasons why our voices aren't what they used to be, and we'll give some strategies to help you. 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!

Involving YOUTH in your annual show!

12 pm

Chamber C

Katie Taylor

50 minutes

Come see how getting youth involved in your show can help you share our hobby with schools, kids, music educators & your community. Our class will includes samples of what has worked in the past, resources, and lots of ideas. We welcome you to share your success stories with others and get some ideas to bring back to your chapter!

The Ins and Outs & In-betweens of a Great Performance

1 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

Shawn Mondragon

50 minutes

This class explores the seldom discussed yet important details that can make or break performance. We will cover techniques that can be introduced months or even during your performance. Shawn will cover how to deal with vocal problems, entering and exiting the stage, pitch pipe technique, and group and individual focus. Learn how a greater understanding of all the “little” things add up to huge impact on your next quartet or chorus performance.

Become a “Change-Able” Leader

1 pm

Chamber C

Leadership Operations Project Team: Greg Caetano, Rob Macdonald, Terry Reynolds, Steve Wyszomierski

50 minutes

Change is inevitable in every organization and can come from any direction. Understand the "roller coaster" of change, and whether change is being done by us or to us. Learn about the challenges of organizational change as well as the predictable process that starts with change and ends with acceptance. Learn how to guide people through periods of change and become a "change-able" leader.

Race and #RealTalk

2 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

HALO quartet: Shana Oshiro, Portia Pitts, Niambi Stewart, Jasmine Barnes

50 minutes

The history of racial exclusion in the barbershop community was a reflection of the reality that manifested in society at that stage of our cultural evolution in America. Niambi Stewart (LCSW) and Shana Oshiro (MT-BC) will lead and facilitate our discussion. HALO believes that the nation as a whole can press forward toward becoming a truly united people. As we utilize and engage in the unique style of harmonic progression in barbershop singing to guide our discourse as well as the phenomenon of social bonding and trust that group singing facilitates, we can invest our energy in a difficult process of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and resolutions for peace. We welcome all people with all perspectives and open minds and hearts to learn from one another and lean into what we hope will be a continuation of our social evolutionary process.

THINK!/Chapter Assessment

2 pm

Chamber C

Leadership Operations Project Team: Greg Caetano, Rob Macdonald, Terry Reynolds, Steve Wyszomierski

50 minutes

Empower your chapter to identify itself, align what it does and engage with its members and with its chapter life. The program also causes introspection as to what the chapter does to support that identity and how it delivers its product. The conclusion of this formal classroom setting is only the beginning for your chapter, as what is presented is a process for each chapter to take home and call to action as it sees fit — specifically a constant refocusing tool that ensures sustainable chapter direction. The Chapter Assessment is a tool developed for our Society chapters to gather information to ultimately assist chapters who are seeking to improve in one or more areas.

Mixed Harmony Sing Along

3 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

Donny Rose, Steve Scott

50 minutes

What does barbershop sound and FEEL like when men and women sing together? Spend part of your afternoon with your barbershop friends as we read classic Tenor, Lead, Baritone and Bass voiced barbershop charts. Music will be provided! Mixed barbershop IS barbershop… give it a try!

Empowering Leadership

3 pm

Chamber C

Leadership Operations Project Team: Greg Caetano, Rob Macdonald, Terry Reynolds, Steve Wyszomierski

50 minutes

The long-term success of any chapter is based on leadership. We’ll show you how to become a leader who empowers your volunteers. You’ll learn three ways to motivate volunteer members, six contracts of delegation that will allow them to support the chapter’s purpose, and you’ll even have the chance to practice an empowering conversation.

Voice Lessons under Glass

4 pm

Governor's Ballroom C

Steve Scott

50 minutes

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.

Dollars & Impact: The Virtuous Cycle Of Getting Grants For Your Chapter

4 pm

Chamber C

Kevin Lynch

50 minutes

The Great Northern Union Chorus has raised over $350,000 in grants from public and private sources over the last six years to build its mission and support its budget. This session, led by the architect of GNU’s grant strategy and the Society’s CSO, will give you an overview of how you can begin to pursue grants from other sources inside and out of the Barbershop Harmony Society.