Current Barbershop Harmony Society youth champs Pratt Street Power appeared with women's quartet GQ this week at the 2017 Collegiate Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, as part of the annual Hill Day event sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The event draws music educators and music ed students from around country to speak and learn about ways to promote the essential place of music in our schools.
The quartets performed at a rally at the U.S. Capitol building that launched a day of meetings with legislators in support of implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Both quartets appear frequently at music education camps, making them outstanding representatives for the barbershop world. Douglas Carnes, director of the Great Northern Union Chorus and a middle school music educator, represented the Society in a seminar with future teachers.
This cooperative effort builds on the Society’s ever-growing partnership with NAfME, which last year honored 2009 champs Crossroads with the Stand for Music Award, and last fall featured The Vocal Majority and Main Street in a stunning closing night performance at its national conference.