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January 15, 2021 | View past issues here

Dick Van Dyke to receive Kennedy Center Honors


We are thrilled to send our congratulations to the one-and-only Dick Van Dyke for being among the five artists who will receive the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements!

A dedicated singer and lover of barbershop harmony, he was presented with an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Barbershop Harmony Society in Anaheim, California during the 1999 International Convention. Here's a bit of his speech and, of course, a song!

BHS cancels Harmony University Belmont; plans 2nd Virtual HU 

The Barbershop Harmony Society has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2021 Harmony University, held on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. We are hopeful about the new vaccines and look forward to declining infection rates, but the ongoing challenges of general uncertainty and COVID safety measures in an environment with shared dorm housing and group meals make it very difficult for us to ensure safe social distancing for our students.

While the timing of the events is similar, the decision to cancel Harmony University Belmont is not connected to decisions about the BHS International Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. At this time, we are still planning for an in-person event in Cleveland. The decision is being made now regarding in-person Harmony University due to the different nature of the two events:
  • Harmony University is built on 7 days of deep immersion, daily close physical interaction with faculty and students, group meals, general sessions, and shared housing for staff, faculty, and students from all over the world, housed in college dormitories.

  • The BHS International Convention is traditionally 2-5 days of attendance, with ample opportunities for social distancing, groups and families able to isolate together in hotel rooms all over the city, and distanced seating options in performance venues. Unlike HU, it is possible to limit participation, maintain small social groups, or opt-out of activities at any given time.
MORE DETAILS HERE

INCLUSION IN BARBERSHOP SERIES

Embracing A Different Generation

Join Sky Harris, Will Downey, Dennis Berg, Marcus Neilsen and host Katie Macdonald in a discussion about all things youth events and programming. Through the course of this webinar, our panelists will discuss the considerations you should take into account to make sure your youth event or program is sustainable, inclusive, educational and fun. 

DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT

Land O' Lakes District hosts 2nd online tag party

After a positive response to our last Tag Party the LOL District is sponsoring another virtual Tag Party! Jump in the Zoom and join the fun!

DETAILS

Meeting ID: 864 8069 1388
Passcode: Tags

CLICK FOR FACEBOOK EVENT LINK

NOW ONLINE: Barbershop LIVE @ Home | January 10, 2021

More than 410 people attended our third FREE virtual chapter meeting for everyone, and according to the follow-up survey, this might have been the best one yet!

We are so grateful to the entire team of presenters, staff, and guests who have come together as a community to learn, laugh, and love being together singing again. We see the impact in the large number of attendees who say that they have picked up ideas for programming their own chapter meetings.

We've put the entire event video online at so you can experience the full varied programming, including Vocal Warm-Up with Drew Wheaton, Effective Virtual Rehearsal Techniques with Elizabeth Davies, Ear Singing with Tony Colosimo, Tech Tips with Rafi Hasib, Emoting Exercises with Cy Wood, Singing Tags with Tim Waurick, plus special guests and never-before-seen archive video from the vault from THE FOUR PITCHHIKERS and 4 UNDER PAR, with analysis and commentary from Kevin Keller. 
WATCH HERE!

Just a few more days to vote for Junior Quartet Challenge!

VOTE and watch the results in real-time at barbershop.org/juniorquartetchallenge

Calling all mixed harmony ensembles!

MBHA is excited to have been invited by the Barbershop Harmony Society to have a big virtual presence at the upcoming Midwinter Convention, from January 28 to 31.   
As a follow up to our successful virtual Mixed Harmony Showcase this summer, we are creating a brand new virtual “showcase” to be broadcast during the convention, featuring video performances by quartets and choruses from around the world!
MORE DETAILS HERE!

2021 VIRTUAL MIDWINTER CONVENTION

A one-of-a-kind virtual barbershop experience!


ABOUT THE BHS VIRTUAL CAMPUS

The 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention will be hosted on a custom-built BHS virtual campus using an innovative, interactive event platform called The Echo, which was developed by Event Farm and VirBELA.
In the virtual environment, you will be able to create an avatar and interact with other attendees as you would in real life -- just walk up to someone and talk. The application is easy to install and simple to navigate -- you move with mouse clicks or your arrow keys. No specialized equipment required -- you just need a computer and a pair of headphones or earbuds.

SNEAK PEEK & TUTORIAL

This video will show you step-by-step instructions to guide you throught the process of downloading the BHS Virtual Campus, logging in for the first time, creating your avatar, and how you can get assistance if you need help.
VIDEO TUTORIAL

INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES 

Over 20 quartets are confirmed to perform at the 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention, plus LIVE afterglow performances. 
SEE THE FULL LIST OF PERFORMERS HERE

BRUSH UP ON YOUR BARBERSHOP SKILLS

Choose from over 50 Harmony University sessions -- that's over 13 hours of barbershop-focused education! 
SEE THE CLASS SCHEDULE HERE
REGISTER NOW!

Volunteer at Virtual Midwinter

Our 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention is going to be an incredible new experience for members around the world. Volunteers who sign-up for a minimum of 4 hours will be eligible for a $59 Virtual Midwinter Convention registration! All volunteers will be provided with additional training and information in mid-January.

 Deadline to sign up to volunteer is Sunday, January 10, 2021.

SIGN UP HERE!

NEW FROM MARKETPLACE!
Serenade Songbook

We are excited to announce a brand new songbook that includes five arrangements in the classic barbershop style, ideal for Singing Valentines or any time of year where a serenade is desired. This songbook is available in TTBB, SSAA, and SATB/mixed voicings and includes a Get Started resource page outlining tips and tricks for successful serenading. High-quality learning tracks are also available in all three voicings to help facilitate quick and accurate learning!


DIGITAL BUNDLE AVAILABLE

In addition to a-la-carte availability, our bargain Digital Bundle Edition includes the songbook (PDF only), learning tracks for All Four Parts (mp3 files), and the full mix listening demo recordings (mp3 files)... plus permission to make unlimited copies for your ensemble!
If you have 25+ members in your group, then this Digital Bundle Edition is for YOU. A fantastic addition to any repertoire and a great way to provide sheet music and learning tracks for any serenading quartet from your group!   SATB  |  SSAA  |  TTBB

Song Titles:

Best Friends Forever - A new song & arrangement by Joe Liles, exclusive to this collection!
I Love You Truly - New arrangement from Kohl Kitzmiller, exclusive to this collection!
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Story of the Rose (Heart of My Heart)
Sweet Valentine (Sweet Adeline)

ON SALE NOW: 
Legacy Digital Box Set

A 40-track digital audio compilation
$25 Member Price

The Legacy Quartet Championship was created to recognize and feature the best quartets from different eras who nearly won the coveted gold medal. In the spirit of our annual contest, these vintage quartets “competed” against one another virtually for the first time.

20 Quartets, 40 Songs

The Legacy Quartet Championship Digital Box Set captures the essence of the Legacy Quartet Championship project, offering 40 pristinely remastered tracks from the top 20 "competing" quartets, including:
  • 139th Street Quartet
  • The Nighthawks
  • Sundowners
  • and many more!
Similar to our downloadable learning tracks, purchasers will be sent a ZIP file containing the music and accompanying liner notes. 

PURCHASE HERE!

Vocal Standard | Go the Distance
2018 Harmony University

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