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September 4, 2020 | View past issues here

Legacy Quartet Championship

In the first event of its kind, 20 of the best quartet never to win BHS gold medals squared off over two rounds of competition. The winner? The virtual audience, for one! Barbershoppers of all ages tuned in to see vintage performances from every decade as far back as the 1950s. Fans purchased tickets to VIP watch parties and the opportunity to vote for the winners... a nearly impossible task, according to the voters who agonized over every placement.

FUN FACT: Every quartet received at least one first place vote for the rounds in which they competed!

Official Results 

1. 139th Street Quartet
2. Riptide

3. Metropolis
4. Center Stage
5. Harrington Brothers

Watch the announcement of the Top Five
View all competitors here

Nashville Scene unpacks Barbershop's history

"The story of barbershop quartets isn’t just about cheesy outfits, close harmonies and the synchronized splaying of arms," observes an historical inquiry in the Nashville Scene.

The Barbershop Harmony Society is grateful to have been embraced by a wide range of news media in Music City. Events like our 2019 Midwinter Convention at the Opry, 2016 International convention, and Harmony University at Belmont get great coverage in a city proud of its musical diversity.

This month, we were pleased at the depth and insights in this story from award-winning journalist Radley Balko, who delved into the Society's origins in African American communities of the South. It's unusual for barbershop to appear at length in independent press like the Scene, an influential music, culture, and opinion weekly, and unusual for the degree of research undertaken.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Save the Date!

Join us online for the inaugural Barbershop Harmony Society Awards, where we'll celebrate individuals and ensembles who have impacted the local or global barbershop world through excellence and service. We'll also give special recognition to our newest 50-year members!
DETAILS HERE

Why I'm A BHS Member!

Anthony Bartholomew
"Not a day goes by that I'm not more excited about barbershop than I was yesterday. I figured by now my enjoyment would have slowed down, but I'm constantly encountering new friends and falling in love with new things barbershop-related.
I love BHS activities, and recently helped host the Legacy Quartet Championship, which, among other activities being put forth, is a creative way to barbershop during all the strangeness in the world."

Anthony Bartholomew
Vocal Majority | Southwestern District 
15 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!

Save The Date!

VIRTUAL SOCIETY BOARD MEETING

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Join us on YouTube


SCHEDULE:

  • Meeting: 9-11 a.m. CDT / 10-12 p.m. EDT
  • Elections: 12:30 p.m. CDT / 1:30 p.m. EDT (for one-year Board Member-At-Large term, beginning 2021)
  • Meeting adjourns: 2 p.m. CDT / 3 p.m. EDT
WATCH ON YOUTUBE

Cleveland Rocks!

2021 International Convention
June 28 - July 4, 2021


The 2021 convention will be an exciting mix of brand new types of events alongside convention week traditions that you know and love. Our week together in Cleveland will look and feel different, but new offerings, ticket options, and events will allow more people to participate than ever before!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flexible ticket options for everyone! Choose the days you want to attend, purchase with a payment plan, register kids under 12 for FREE.
  • NEW: Chorus Festival - Bring your chorus to International as a part of our very first International Chorus Festival. The festival is open to ALL choruses and ensembles regardless of organizational affiliation or ensemble type (men's, women's, and mixed harmony).
  • NEW: Quartet Festival - This brand new festival is open to ALL quartets regardless of organizational affiliation or ensemble type (men's, women's, and mixed harmony). Your quartet can sing for an International audience in a more relaxed festival atmosphere - and have the opportunity for evaluations from certified BHS judges. 
  • And more!
CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT'S NEW FOR 2021

FREE WEBINARS:
How to Get More Music for Your Ensemble

Join us in two online sessions to find out how you can get the barbershop music you've been searching for.

SESSION #1:
BARBERSHOP MUSIC & HOW TO FIND IT
September 11, 2020 | 2 p.m. CSD

Scott Harris, Arranger & Repertoire Manager of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will discuss how to search our catalog using some of our newest arrangements as examples. Bring your music questions for a dynamic Q&A session!

NOTE: This session will be limited to the first 100 participants.
REGISTER HERE

SESSION #2: ARRANGEMENTS & COPYRIGHT - WE'RE HERE TO HELP!
September 25, 2020 | 2 p.m. CSD

Barbershop Harmony Society's Copyright & Licensing Manager Janice Bane will discuss the different types of arrangements and the steps you can take to ensure your unpublished, custom, or out-of-print arrangement is legal for your group to use!

NOTE: This session will be limited to the first 100 participants.
REGISTER HERE

Quartets: Get more benefits... for less!

Now you can stay connected to the joy of singing barbershop, and save money while you're at it.

Thinking about making your quartet official with BHS? You should!
Thinking about upgrading your quartet package to get better benefits? You should!
Wish that you could get more for less? You can!

LIMITED TIME OFFER: DISCOUNTED QUARTET PACKAGES

For a limited time, we are offering a discount on all three of our quartet packages. We’re encouraging all quartets (current, new, and reinstating) to take advantage of this special offer to register or upgrade to the quartet package of their choice. Register for Premium quartet benefits at the Standard quartet price!
DETAILS HERE
Nominate a deserving teacher for the 2021 NAfME/BHS Music Educator of the Year award! Closes November 2020.
MEMBERSHIP BONUS: For every member you refer during this time period, you will receive $10 off your membership renewal!

Staff Pick

BHS Pens

BHS has not one- but THREE great pens for you to choose from, all at the low price of $1 for members. Restock your home office, front desk, or shirt pocket with a reminder of your love of harmony! 

BHS Silver Stylus Ink Pen
$1 Member Price

Cozy Gel Blue Ink Pen
$1 Member Price

BHS Soft Touch + Stylus Ink Pen
$1 Member Price


Join the Harmony Hall team!

As a key component of our vision of Everyone in Harmony, the Barbershop Harmony Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and skills. We are now hiring for the BHS Development team, as announced in our new philanthropic strategy.

Chief Development Officer
Learn more and apply here.
Development Operations Manager
Learn more and apply here.
Key Development Relationship Manager
Learn more and apply here.
SEE ALL POSITIONS HERE

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