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Virtual Chapter Visits - Fall 2020

Bring a BHS staff member to your next virtual meeting or rehearsal

We're here to help!

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The move to virtual continues to present unique opportunities for collaboration and learning for all types of chapters. Since April, Harmony Hall Staffers have offered their time and diverse talents to over 200 chapters, offering content, entertainment, or sometimes just some friendly Q&A to over 6000 BHS members. Some chapters team up with neighboring groups for these sessions while others are hosting virtual guest nights.

Harmony Hall is committed to supporting the efforts of our chapters and quartets by making staff available for rehearsals, administration planning, or board meetings during your scheduled ensemble meeting time. The sky is the limit, but know that you are not in this alone. We’re here to help.

During their 30 minute time-slot (more if their availability allows it), a BHS staff member of your choosing would be happy to speak on a selected topic, lead warm-ups, share best practices, or just be a fly on the wall.

Read more: what other chapters are saying about Virtual Chapter Visits

  • We wanted to express our sincere gratitude for Chad Bennett meeting with us virtually and giving his time presenting “The History of the Dapper Dans”...everyone in the chorus thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Given the effect the pandemic (has had) on our craft, we need programs such as this… other choruses and ensembles will benefit from this program as we did!
  • Ashley (Brown)’s knowledge, poise, thoughtfulness, and in particular the language she used, made a really great impression on the people in our meeting and I just wanted to send a word of support to you. You have a wonderful member on your team, and she was able to do SO much in such a short amount of time for my team. Very grateful for this program and your support of chapters at this time.
  • Joe (Cerutti) was very engaging and informative in his visit with our singers. His knowledge of our style and innovative ways to keep our members engaged virtually will be a game changer for our chorus.
  • The BHS Staff have been so helpful in our virtual rehearsals. We’ve had several of them provide talks and coaching over the past several months and it has been a breath of fresh air for our music team to not have to create 100% of the content and our members are always looking forward to the next visitor!
  • THANK YOU to Nate (Ogg) and Katie (Macdonald) so much for your time these last few Tuesday evenings. We appreciate it very much, and I think our group benefited from your talk, advice, and exercises. I will encourage them to continue to use what they learned! It’s certainly kept our members interested and involved while they can’t get together.

Topic options include:

REQUEST A BHS STAFF MEMBER

To engage a Harmony Hall staff member at a future virtual chorus rehearsal, contact chapters@barbershop.org and indicate:

  • Your rehearsal time
  • The staff member and topic you are interested in
  • What time you would like them to arrive
  • Please give a selection of dates in order to accommodate these requests

Happy virtual rehearsing!

Rehearsal Techniques: Using Technology

Effective Rehearsal Techniques Over Video Conferencing

Barbershop choruses are well positioned to transcend the unpredictability of this pandemic and potentially even come out of this stronger than we entered it, if we act quickly with our unique creativity. Learn how to transcend survival mode and use our creativity and resilience to develop a comprehensive approach to your virtual rehearsals that will reach the wide spectrum of the people your singing community serves.

Joe Cerutti - Director of Outreach, Director of Alexandria Harmonizers

Virtual Rehearsal Techniques

Are your virtual rehearsals getting a little stale? We’ll chat about ideas that feed your singers socially, musically, and educationally!

Katie Macdonald - Recruitment & Retention Manager, Bass of GQ, Music Coordinator of Parkside Melody

Virtual Chorus Warmups/PVIs Under Glass

We’ll work through a series of vocal warmups well suited to virtual meetings, focusing on eliminating tension, alignment, breathing, and vocal engagement.

Nathan Ogg - Chapter Success Manager, Certified Singing Judge

Virtual Physical Warmups

Create space. Practice gratitude. Bring awareness to your body.

Learn to release all of the outside stressors at the start of your virtual rehearsal.

Jernie Talles Millán - BHS Marketing Assistant

Ways to virtually support and stay connected with your local community

BHS is so happy that your chapter is staying connected virtually. We know that your local community misses you as well! Have you thought about ways to stay connected with your community virtually? If not, let’s discuss ways that your chapter can stay engaged with the local community that misses you!

Devin Anna Bradford - Community Development Manager

Rehearsal Techniques: General Chorus

Selecting Repertoire

Learn concepts in music selection for your chorus or quartet. We will cover: building song sets, seasons of music, the audience, altering arrangements, myths of level of difficulty, and the goal of a standing ovation.

Donny Rose - Director of Music Education

Effective Rehearsal Techniques for Chorus Members (great for the whole chorus)

Learn concepts to grow your chorus members during and outside of rehearsal. We will cover outside rehearsal with music, learning tracks, using personal recordings for improvement, and tools to connect more deeply and musically with your director.

Donny Rose - Director of Music Education

Effective Rehearsal Techniques for Directors (ideal for Music Team)

Learn concepts that work for directors. We will cover your connection to each member, planning, score study, objectives and micro lessons, pacing, using others out front, hourglass rehearsals, learning styles, and your director's engagement and energy.

Donny Rose - Director of Music Education

Effective Rehearsal Techniques for your Music Team (ideal for Music Team)

Learn concepts for musical leaders who are not the director. We will cover your connection to each member of the section, score study, micro lessons, pacing, learning styles, and the engagement and energy in your “assistant” role, especially during sectionals.

Donny Rose - Director of Music Education

Teaching Tonal Center (great for music teams or entire choruses)

Learn concepts that will quickly improve your group's ability to stay in pitch. When people blow the pitch pipe, what happens next? Let’s connect the dots and share specific tools for rehearsal to build awareness of “Do” and strengthen pitch sensitivity and improved tuning.

Donny Rose - Director of Music Education

Rehearsal Techniques: General Quartet

Long Distance Quartetting (good for all parties)

Learn concepts that will help long distance quartets identify and achieve goals that they may have. This would include suggestions on a rehearsal setup/agenda as well as how to prioritize what you work on.

Dustin Guyton - Volunteer Manager

Building and Supporting Quartets (good for BOD/Music Teams or entire chorus)

This session will share tips and tricks from chapters with proven success with quartet programs. Whether you have a thriving quartet presence in your chapter, or are just looking for some tips to get started, this session is for you. In addition, since most choruses aren't meeting in person for the foreseeable future, we've come up with some tips to help build upon and encourage quartetting even in a virtual setting.

Danny Becker - Quartet Success Manager

Rehearsal Techniques: Performance

Entertaining Singing and Performance

This course is intended to share a few simple concepts that can help energize your shows and create meaningful connections with any audience. Take your performance to the next level with actions and techniques that anyone can accomplish. Learn a few tips and tricks from a professional entertainer. (30-45 minutes)

Chad Bennett - Show Production Manager

Singing Artistically

Learn tips on how to use your voice to transport your audience from the darkened theater into unseen realms of their imagination. Utilize vocal techniques to become a more authentic performer.

Dusty Schleier - Director of Events & Conventions, Certified Performance Judge

Rehearsal Techniques: Music

Teaching “Swing”

Learn concepts that will quickly improve your group's ability to swing. We will cover swing’s instrumental roots, our historical love of chords above our love of rhythm, swing foundations, notation challenges and tools to help in rehearsal.

Donny Rose - Director of Music Education

Developing Musicality

Our musicality depends on how well we understand the song and arrangement we're performing. Artistic interpretation requires an opinion that shouldn't be decided without informed and thoughtful decision making. Learn how to enhance your learning and rehearsal processes to improve/increase your individual and ensemble's overall musicality.

Joe Cerutti - Director of Outreach, Certified Music Judge, Director Alexandria Harmonizers

Rehearsal Techniques: Singing

Sing Healthy, Sing Well, Sing Long

Vocal health is one of the most important topics for singers. Vocal health relies on not only good vocal technique, but also good vocal hygiene. In this session we will discuss several tips for keeping a strong, healthy voice for a lifetime of singing and speaking

Nathan Ogg - Chapter Success Manager, Certified Singing Judge

Barbershop History

Inside the Dapper Dans (or The History of Disney’s Dapper Dans)

How is it possible to perform 2000 shows a year? Here's your chance to learn about the history of one of the Dapper Dans, along with the challenges and advantages of a full-time career as a barbershop quartet singer at "The Most Magical Place on Earth." Get the inside scoop from a former Dapper Dan of nearly twenty years. (60 minutes)

Chad Bennett - Show Production Manager

Contest & Judging

Music Category Advice/Q&A

This session will showcase what the Music Category is, what it was, and where it is going. We will discuss characteristics of performing, arranging, and musicality to achieve a successful sound in barbershop.

Joe Cerutti - Director of Outreach, Certified Music Judge, Director Alexandria Harmonizers

Singing Category Advice/Q&A

This session will showcase what the Singing Category is, what it was, and where it is going. We will discuss characteristics of vocal health and techniques to achieve a successful sound in barbershop.

Nathan Ogg - Chapter Success Manager, Certified Singing Judge

Performance Category Advice/Q&A

This session will showcase what the Performance Category is, what it was, and where it is going. We will discuss characteristics of visual, contextual, and emotive elements to achieve an effective performance in barbershop.

Dusty Schleier - Director of Events & Conventions, Certified Performance Judge

Marketing

What the heck does the BHS Marketing Team do anyway?

You’ve read their names on the website and in the Harmonizer, and maybe even seen them “behind the scenes” at conventions and events. Social media, video, advertising, promotions, PR… what do these folks actually DO? And how does their work help you and your chapter? The BHS CMO can give you a crash course is all things BHS marketing!

Holly Kellar - Chief Marketing Officer

What Social Media Can and Can't Do For You

If you’re new to managing social media channels for a group, Amy can help you make sure your expectations are realistic and set you up for success. She’ll share a few social media misconceptions and best practices to help you create an efficient and effective social media plan, right from the start!

Amy Rose - Social Media/Communications Manager

Using Social Media to Stay Connected

If you’re only using social media to promote shows, you’re missing out on all the fun! Amy has a few easy ways to create opportunities to engage your own members (and your fans!) on social media projects that are fun, create connections, and result in great content to share.

Amy Rose - Social Media/Communications Manager

Social Media Case Study

Just like watching great performers to improve our own skills, we can learn a lot from groups that are successful content creators. Amy will share examples of great social content and how you can apply those concepts to your own channels. Instant upgrade!

Amy Rose - Social Media/Communications Manager

5 Barbershop Social Posts Anyone Can Do This Week

You may not be actively performing in public, but you’re together, growing in barbershop love and knowledge. Dig into that passion with your friends, families, and patrons with these easy social posts that all your members can contribute and share.

Brian Lynch - Public Relations Manager

Introduction to Canva: Make FREE promotional (social media + print) materials

Barbershop Harmony Society Marketing Assistant, Jernie Talles Millán will introduce you to Canva: a free online graphic design software. You will leave this class with tools to navigate the site to create your own compelling promo materials!

Jernie Talles Millán - Marketing Assistant

Using Video to Promote Your Chorus

BHS Video Guru, Jeremy Gover, will share tips & tricks to produce video content for chapters. Whether you have a professional video camera, or just an iPhone, this session will have valuable takeaways on how to connect our music and members with our communities.

Jeremy Gover - Video Production Manager

Five News Stories You Can Pitch This Week

Even during a pandemic, there are meaningful stories to tell about your barbershop experience. Explore ways you can leverage your perseverance through quarantine to get some attention.

Brian Lynch - Public Relations Manager

Five ways to use The Harmonizer for chapter promotion

It’s more than a great bathroom read. Plumb the depths of EIGHTY YEARS of barbershop publishing to share knowledge, reach new communities, and celebrate the joy of barbershop.

Brian Lynch - Public Relations Manager

Leadership

Recruiting & Retention

YES! It is possible to grow memberships during this pandemic! Learn how to invite new members to your virtual rehearsals and to keep your current members happy and hopeful.

Katie Macdonald - Recruiting & Retention Manager

Healthy Chapters/Organizational Health

Appropriate for full chorus or just board, this session will focus not only on the steps that a chapter can take to be more healthy as an organization, but will also look at the many resources available from Harmony Hall to enrich the musical lives of our members.

Nathan Ogg - Chapter Success Manager

Learning/Working From Home

Fortunately, many are finding comfort in singing during these times; however, many others are finding the confidence and vulnerability required to sing without the support of others to be highly difficult, frustrating, and unfulfilling. Discover some best practices for working and learning from home that will be more helpful than listening to your learning tracks over and over again.

Joe Cerutti - Director of Outreach, Certified Music Judge, Director Alexandria Harmonizers

Grant Writing Basics

Together we'll discuss the most important aspects of putting together a grant application including narrative concepts, what to plan, and where to begin looking for funding opportunities.

Ashley Brown - Outreach Grants Administrator & Inclusion Coordinator

Volunteer Management

We will discuss what opportunities exist for anyone looking to volunteer for current or future BHS programming/projects. In addition, we will discuss the future landscape of volunteerism as we brave a post COVID world together.

Dustin Guyton - Volunteer Manager

Increasing your Chapter's Inclusion Efforts

This adaptive discussion allows for dialogue around your chapter's barriers to inclusion. We will discuss audits of your chapter practices, policies, and repertoire and introduce tools for reflective dialogue to tackle difficult conversations.

BHS Inclusion Team

Society Strategic Plan progress, EiH and State of The Society General Q&A

All questions are welcomed. We want to hear from you! The Society’s strategic plan, launched in 2017, is more than just welcoming everyone into the organization. We all envision a Society where our singing communities are thriving and making a difference in their backyards. We depend on each other to make that happen and further the impact of BHS into communities not currently being served.

Marty Monson - CEO/Executive Director

Customer Service One-on-One (ideal for BOD or groups of leaders)

A private session for assistance with online chapter business management via the Member Center. Get up to speed on adding new members, managing and understanding your chapter roster, and updating leaders, dues, and chapter documents; or any other administrative assistance that might require more than a quick call to customer service.

Rich Smith - Customer Service Representative/Contact Center Success Manager

How to financially manage more than one chorus (ideal for Chapter Boards)

Erik Dove - Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

What the heck is a BHS club, and HOW can my chapter collaborate with this new BHS offering?

Your chapter MAY have heard of the new BHS Club offering, but what the heck is that? How is it different from the chapter model? Who are the clubs designed for? Let’s discuss how clubs are forming in BHS, and how your chapter can collaborate and support these new groups!

Devin Anna Bradford - Community Development Manager

Navigating the BHS Music Catalogue

Are you interested in finding and purchasing the best music possible? Maybe you want to look at all of the works created by a specific arranger? Join the Marketplace team for a quick walk through of our website, with tips and tricks sprinkled in to have the best searching experience possible.

Raphael Llana - Marketplace eCommerce Assistant

Creating your home recording/virtual rehearsal Setup

Have you ever wanted to record tags on your own? Do you want to have the best sound possible on your virtual rehearsals? Raph from the Marketplace team can give you recommendations on the right gear, software, and approach to make your recording experience fun and easy.

Raphael Llana - Marketplace eCommerce Assistant

Show Production

Mastering the Ceremonies - (formerly known as How to be a Great Emcee)

Find out how you can become an effective Master of Ceremonies for any event, including modern methods for Barbershop contests. Learn how emcees can effectively guide an audience through any experience. Public speaking can be intimidating, especially for the first-timer. Take home plenty of tips and tricks guaranteed to enhance almost any event.

Chad Bennett - Show Production Manager

Painting with Light

Looking for an easy way to enhance the look of your event? This topic includes a practical conversation and exploration of stage lighting. Discover multiple lighting design solutions for Barbershop shows and contests. (30-45 minutes)

Chad Bennett - Show Production Manager

Sounds Great! Audio 101

Get in on the ground floor with the basics of audio recording and reproduction. Get a detailed look at the technology behind modern microphones and speakers as well as techniques and placement for your community of artists. (30-45 minutes)

Chad Bennett - Show Production Manager

Show Production Lighting/Audio Planning (ideal for BOD, Music Team, or Show Teams)

Talk through best practices for live audio reinforcement and lighting for stage as well as questions to ask and ways to help ensure success when working with venue management. Ideal for board or committee meetings.

Brent Suver - Online Education Production Manager

Custom Song Clearance

This session will cover the different types of sheet music arrangements and the steps you can take to ensure your arrangement and learning tracks are legal for your group to use and keep.

Janice Bane - Manager of Copyright & Licensing

ASCAP/BMI/SESAC Reporting

This session will walk through the process to ensure your chapter’s live public performances are copyright compliant. [For USA Chapters].

Janice Bane - Manager of Copyright & Licensing