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FREE WEBINAR SERIES: Inclusion in Barbershop Series

Inclusion in Barbershop Series

This fall, the Barbershop Harmony Society will be hosting panel discussions related to different topics of inclusion through our new Inclusion in Barbershop Series.

Inclusion encapsulates many different aspects of identity. We want to highlight the experiences, perspectives, and opinions from barbershoppers that create our beautiful community.

For the next couple of months, we’ll share the schedule of upcoming webinars so you can plan to join us. Learn more about what inclusion means for Everyone in Harmony from barbershoppers you know and trust.

    Webinar details

    • Each webinar is free to attend and recorded for on-demand viewing
    • Panel sessions will be followed by an unrecorded Q&A discussion where attendees will be able to interact with the panel
    • Each webinar is limited to 500 participants

    October & November 2020 Events

    Gender Identity, LGBTQ+, and Barbershop | October 11, 2020


    Join Mia Baz, Mo Field, Alex Morris, Steve Scott, and Terry Reynolds (moderator) as they share experiences of exclusion and inclusion within the barbershop community as it relates to gender and sexual identity. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of experiences of exclusion that happen within barbershop, plus tools and information that will help them become ambassadors for positive change.

    History, Research, & Choosing Non-Problematic Music | October 21, 2020


    Panelists Maria Christian, Ashley Conway, Jim Henry, Kevin Keller (moderator), Richard Lewellen, Debra Lynn, and David Wright will discuss some of the hardest questions that face our barbershop community today as they dive into how the music we sing represents us, and the ways our audiences perceive and react to the songs we sing.

    Approaching New Communities | October 28, 2020


    For decades, our chapters have considered themselves performing ensembles, meaning they stand on stage and perform while the audience sits in seats and applauds for the chorus. While this model has been successful for many of our chapters, BHS Director of Outreach, Joe Cerutti, and BHS Community Development Manager, Devin Anna Bradford, are going to explore the unique benefits of evolving our mindset to think of ourselves as a community asset that specializes in the intrinsic benefits of singing together in harmony, demonstrating how to reach broader audiences and increase community relevancy.

    Next Generation Barbershop: Embracing a Different Generation | November 4, 2020

    Join Sky Harris, Will Downey, Dennis Berg, and Marcus Neilsen in a discussion about all things youth events and programming. Through the course of this webinar, our panelists will discuss the considerations you should take into account to make sure your youth event or program is sustainable, inclusive, educational, and fun.

    Signature Quartet: Our Experience on the Road to Inclusion | November 17, 2020

    Join the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2019 International Quartet Champion, Signature, share their barbershop beginnings and major influencers, candid and vulnerable stories of exclusion in the barbershop community, and their ideas for a more inclusive Society.

    Lorraine Filipov, Donnetta Hawkins, Mark Holdeman (moderator), Jake Lapp, and Liz Stewart are members of various Barbershop organizations and have one thing in common: they identify with varying levels of ableism, neuroatypical variances, or physical differences.

    Join them as they share stories of exclusion and inclusion in the Barbershop communities they love, and learn how you can be more aware and inclusive.

    If you would like to make a $5+ donation to support ongoing free content like the Inclusion in Barbershop Series from the Barbershop Harmony Society, you can do that here: http://bit.ly/bhsinclusion

    Contact us

    For any questions, additional information, ideas, or to further support Barbershop Harmony Society inclusion efforts, please contact inclusion@barbershop.org.