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BHS News | Education | Merchandise
November 13, 2020 | View past issues here

World Premiere!

"I hope that you'll remember even when you're feeling blue that it's you I like, it's you, yourself. It's you. It's you I like." - Mr. Rogers
Today is World Kindness Day and there just isn't a more appropriate message, beautifully sung by GQ. This touching and sweet arrangement from Cay Outerbridge provides an opportunity for all who sing it to create a meaningful moment, no matter what size the audience. We love it, and know you will too.

UPDATE: Performing Arts Aerosol Study Report

BHS is one of many organizations who have joined together to support the Performing Arts Aerosol Study being conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The latest written report includes:

- A one-page summary
- Aerosol Production and Mitigation Effects
- Efficacy of Bell Covers and Masks
- Keyhole Expellation of Aerosol
- Refined APS Data Sheets
- CFD Modeling of Small Ensemble Singers and Clarinets
- A conversation video with our lead researchers and chairs - WATCH
- A video created by Dr. Miller and Dr. Vance on viral transmission - WATCH


My Barbershop Playlist:

Kohl Kitzmiller, Baritone
Kohl Kitzmiller has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2002. Much of the joy in his life transpired from singing and performing barbershop music. In addition to singing with Half and Half, Kohl has been in numerous performing groups with current membership in the Greater Indianapolis Chorus, Circle City Sound as well as baritone of the 2015 international quartet champion, Instant Classic.


"In one word: control. These guys know how to swing and keep it smooth. They epitomize what it means to be both cool and sing barbershop... and it's just so entertaining to watch!"

November Society Board Meeting

The Society Board will be holding their third quarter meeting on Sunday, November 15th from 7-9 pm Central.

Here is the link for public viewing
Agenda to follow!

Why I'm a BHS Member

Al Fisk
I joined the Barbershop Harmony Society because I couldn't get enough of four part harmony.  I bumped into a "real" BHS quartet while singing in the Michigan State University Chorus at a cabaret show with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Porgy and Bess). I followed those guys around the rest of the night insisting they sing all they knew. I joined the local chapter that week, joined a quartet two weeks later, and finished next to last in my first contest a month later.  I loved it!!!!

BHS has given me so much. I’ve been lucky enough to be a winning director and quartet member, a music judge, and coach. My membership allows me to connect with people all around the world. I'm a better person because of barbershop!

Al Fisk
Pioneer District
City Lights Chorus
43 Year member of the BHS

Project Connect aims to help our new and current members join and recruit during these difficult times. Check out Project Connect for more details!

20 Reasons to give $20 in 2020

We're counting down the days until #givingtuesday on December 1st! Your gift will help BHS support music educators, transform the lives of young singers, promote choruses and singing communities around the globe, and preserve barbershop for future generations.

Follow our page on Facebook and Instagram as we reveal all 20 reasons to GIVE $20 in 2020.

2020 ASCAP Reporting Deadline Approaching

The Barbershop Harmony Society has a blanket agreement with ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) to pay significantly reduced licensing fees for all U.S. chapters and ensuring their legal compliance for public performances of the songs represented by ASCAP.

As a friendly reminder, all U.S. Chapters must complete an annual ASCAP Chapter Reporting Form and submit it (with corresponding payment, if applicable) to Harmony by the end of each calendar year. The 2020 ASCAP Chapter Reporting Form is due on or before 12/31/20.

If a chapter has not produced and will not produce any live in-person shows this year, Section A of the ASCAP Reporting From must still be completed and submitted to Harmony Hall via email to library@barbershop.or on or before 12/31/20.

ASCAP Report Forms with check payments should be mailed to:
Barbershop Harmony Society
ATTN: Copyright/Licensing Department
110 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203-3704

(Please note: If you are a Canadian Chapter you are not required to submit an ASCAP Chapter Reporting Form; however, SOCAN reporting requirements must be satisfied by your group.)


Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact the BHS Manager of Copyright & Licensing at

Inclusion in Barbershop Series 

Signature Quartet: Our Experience on the Road to Inclusion

Tuesday, November 17th
6:00pm Central (Webinar)
7:30pm Central (Q&A)

Join the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2019 International Quartet Champion, Signature, who will 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. 

NEW Inclusion in Barbershop Webinar

Ableism, Neuroatypical Variances, and Physical Differences within Barbershop

Saturday, November 21st
5:00pm Central (Webinar)
6:30pm Central (Q&A)

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 different 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.


The BHS 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! This virtual event will capture your imagination and bring everything you love about Midwinter -- the connection, the camaraderie and the harmony -- into the safety of your own home.

Want to learn more? Here are a few ways to get the details!

Enter the BHS YULETIDE FAVORITES QUARTET CONTEST for a chance to win a $100 Marketplace shopping spree!


Eclectones | Where the Southern Roses Grow / Back in Business
2017 Varsity Quartet Contest

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