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BHS News | Education | Merchandise
November 20, 2020 | View past issues here

The History of the BHS Contest & Judging System

Join Kevin Keller on a journey through BHS contest and judging history. Each episode of this 11-part video series is approximately one hour long, with new episodes releasing every few weeks over the coming months.

PART 2: THE EARLY YEARS, 1944 - 1950

We look at the myriad changes as our society grows and interest increases in quartet competition. No matter what is tried, we’re not hitting on success yet. Link to materials for all classes can be accessed here.

Coming Soon to the BHS YouTube channel!

The shows ARE going on... virtually! With so many performances cancelled, postponed, or delayed this year, we are thrilled to be partnering with chapters and districts all around the Society to host their seasonal performances. Here's a list of virtual performances that are being hosted on our YouTube channel:

This weekend

Nov 21 (Sat) | 4:30pm Pacific/7:30pm Eastern) | Hartford Men of Harmony | Link to Watch
Look for more details in the article below...

Coming Soon - Stay tuned for direct links!

Dec 5 (Sat) | Noon Pacific/3:00pm Eastern | Croix Chordsmen
Dec 5 (Sat) | 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | Ambassadors of Harmony
Dec 6 (Sun) | 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern | Beehive Statesmen
Dec 12 (Sat) | Noon Pacific/3:00pm Eastern | Land O' Lakes District
Dec 13 (Sun) | 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern | Westchester Chordsmen
Dec 20 (Sun) | 3:30pm Pacific/6:30pm Eastern | Alexandria Harmonizers & Northwest Sound
Dec 29 (Tue) | 5:00pm Pacific/8:00pm Eastern | Music City Chorus

Save the Date

Need some more? You won't want to miss these amazing shows! Individual registration is required, as these are not streamed on BHS YouTube channel.

Dec 5 (Sat) | 3:00pm Pacific | Masters of Harmony

Dec 12 (Sat) | 2:00 and 7:30pm Central | The Vocal Majority
Dec 19 (Sat) | AIC Musical Film

Plus - many more!

We're adding shows to our event calendar daily. Don't see yours? Send an email to with the date, time, and link so we can include it. Click here to view the event calendar.

Planning a show and want to feature it on the BHS YouTube channel?
If you're planning a free virtual show, the BHS YouTube channel is a great way to get your performance to a larger audience. Contact to share your plans - we'd love to help!

New Music featured in Hartford Men of Harmony's Virtual Show

The Hartford Men in Harmony have gone virtual for their 2020 Festival of Harmony to help raise funds that will sustain the barbershop community and communal singing in Greater Hartford, as well as support youth programs locally and throughout the Northeast. Four great quartets -- After Hours, GQ, Hot Pursuit, and Daily Special -- will bring you a special show that will feature SONG DEBUTS from each quartet. The Hartford Men in Harmony will also share some memorable moments from the stage from the last few years for your enjoyment!

Although there is no cost to watch the show, we hope you’ll consider supporting the programs of the Hartford, CT Chapter and the Barbershop Harmony Society with a $10 suggested donation. Go to to make your gift.

The virtual show will premiere on the BHS YouTube channel. Click the link here to access the show. And don’t worry if you miss it -- it will be archived and available for delayed viewing on the BHS YouTube channel.

Dig into the video vault with Barbershop Live @ Home

Variety in programming a good chapter meeting should include a taste of everything you love in barbershop: some singing, some learning—and of course, hearing the great sound of perfect harmony.
The BHS YouTube Channel offers thousands of great performances to share and view together, including this never-before-released video that premiered on our recent Barbershop Live @ Home virtual chapter meeting. The Side Street Ramblers’ 1983 championship performance of “Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey” showcases the quartet’s precision and mastery of meter, not to mention pure chord-ringing power. (That intro! Those bell chords!)

For more deep dives into the Harmony Hall vault— plus vocal instruction, celebrity teachers and quartets, and more fun— join us for our next Barbershop Live @ Home event on Sunday, December 6, 7:00pm Central. 

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


Our uptune got off tempo - blame the baritone.
Our tenor went sharp on the tag - blame the baritone.
"Sync issues", says the judge - blame the baritone.
Tired of being blamed for everything? Are you sick of having the baritone blues?

We appreciate you!

We appreciate you always taking one for the team, Baritones... even when it's hardly ever your fault! Here's a special offer showing our appreciation for our secretly-beloved baritones. After all, 'tis the season to be thankful, right?

We are encouraging all quartets (current and up for renewal, brand new, or reinstating) to take advantage of this special opportunity.

This Saturday:

Inclusion 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 Barbershop Harmony Society 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
Get all the details here!

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

Pick of the Week

BHS-Branded Masks are Here!

Keep those around you feeling safe and confident while showing your support and love for barbershop harmony with our two new BHS-branded masks. These 3-ply, 100% cotton masks are super soft, breathable, and washable.

BHS-Branded Masks
$10 each  or  3 for $25 
Bulk pricing: 4 or more @ $8.33 each
Member discount does not apply
Note: Masks are for general public use. They are not intended for medical use or in place of the N95 masks.

That's Life

arr. Barbershop Harmony Society
A new SSAA version of this barbershop staple was premiered at our 2020 Midwinter Convention by Duly Noted, the 2019 Sweet Adelines International Rising Star Champion.

Duly Noted | That's Life

Straight No Chaser | A Long December

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