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BHS News | Education | Merchandise
December 23, 2020 | View past issues here

2020 Virtual Show Playlist

Districts, chapters, and choruses all over the barbershop world are presenting virtual shows and performances. In addition to our BHS YouTube channel premieres, we'll be adding as many BHS virtual chapter and district shows as possible to our playlist. Spend your holiday break binge-watching barbershop!

2021 BHS/NAfME Music Educator Award

In recognition of his excellence in teaching and impact on young singers, John Wernega of Quinton Township School, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Music Educator Award by the Barbershop Harmony Society and NAfME, The National Association for Music Education.

The award was announced in a surprise Zoom call on December 21, 2020, with some of John’s friends, family, colleagues, chapter members, Harmony Hall staff, and present and former students joining virtually.

The BHS/NAfME award honors educators “who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that music education brings in uplifting the human spirit and fostering the well being of society.”

John and The Wildcat Harmonizers (2019)John Wernega is arguably the most influential barbershop leader in the country at the elementary and middle school levels. Over the past six years, his singing groups have appeared across the country at major barbershop festivals and conventions, and hosted local events drawing hundreds of young singers.


AIC Encore Performance:

The Spirit of the Season


Due to significant demand from the worldwide Barbershop community, the Association of International Champions will be airing a command performance of their musical film The Spirit of the Season! 

The encore presentation will be available on Facebook and YouTube at 4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific on December 25th, Christmas Day!

The 90-minute concert film features secular and sacred performances from 18 International Champion Quartets and special guest appearances by Take 6, Callie Day from America’s Got Talent, and rare footage of the Buffalo Bills.

In order to reach audiences far and wide, the show will be streamed on the AIC Facebook page as well as on the AIC YouTube channel. Look for an e-mail and social media posts on Christmas Day with links to view this special presentation.

The show is free for anyone to watch, so invite any friends or family who might be interested! You can support this show and future presentations from the AIC by purchasing the commemorative DVD, soundtrack, or show poster.

Upgraded Member Center
expected to launch January 11

We are getting ready to launch our new and improved Member Center on January 11, 2021! With this upgrade to our technology, we anticipate a more intuitive, user-friendly experience for BHS volunteer leaders and members.

Based on the current schedule, Member Center will not be accessible January 4 and 5, 2021.

A team of BHS staff and volunteers will conduct testing January 6-10, 2021. Expect to see an email in your inbox on January 11, when you can login and explore! PLEASE NOTE: when logging into our upgraded Member Center for the first time, you will be asked to reset your password.
Follow our information page for updates and helpful documents!

On the BHS YouTube channel this week:

Wednesday, December 23rd at 8:30pm Central  -  WATCH HERE
Thursday, December 24 at 7:00pm Central   -  WATCH HERE
Friday, December 25 at Noon Central  -  WATCH HERE
Tuesday, December 29 at 7:00pm Central  -  WATCH HERE

Planning a show in 2021 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. We'd love to share your content with our 148K+ subscribers!
Contact to share your plans - we'd love to help!

Put a Tag on 2020!

Some of the Society's best performers, arrangers, and directors are helping us get in the spirit, writing one-of-a-kind tags for 2020 and sharing inspiring stories. Here are a few highlights!

Double Date sings "Better Days Ahead"

Watch Double Date (+1 more!) as they help us get in the giving spirit by sharing one-of-a-kind tags for 2020. We hope you enjoy "Better Days Ahead", words by Tom Gentry, music and arrangement by Joe Liles. Access the sheet music here, and sing along!

Peggy Leon and Rich Knight share how meaningful BHS programs have been to them this year

"The other day Rich and I were listening to a talk show where the announcer asked: "Name one GOOD thing about 2020". Even though this HAS been a year for the record books, we both had the same answer -- VIRTUAL BARBERSHOP HOLIDAY SHOWS! What a great way to celebrate the end of this unique year by watching our friends around the world celebrate the joy, hope and magic of the Holiday season!" Read the rest of Peggy and Rich's thoughtful post here! 

Brent Graham helps "Put a Tag on 2020!"

"Although 2020 was not the year we expected or hoped for, it did give us a chance to reflect on the great moments of our lives and realize just how special they were. I'm confident we will have those moments again in 2021 and beyond!" 

"This is the Moment"
Written by Brent Graham and recorded by Kim Newcomb

We'd love to hear YOUR story!

We invite the entire BHS community -- everyone -- to come together and show your support for BHS as you consider your end-of-year giving, and also share one example of how you’ve been impacted by BHS or BHS programs. This is our collective opportunity to come together, hear each other’s stories, and recognize the variety of ways we’ve all been touched by BHS programs. You can share your personal example, and then invite others to tell theirs...and so on.
Together, let's ‘Put a Tag on 2020.’

Junior Quartet Challenge: Voting opens January 1st!

Cast and track your vote for one of our 17 amazing Junior Quartets from all around the world!
The top 5 quartet videos will then be played at the 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention and the quartet with the most Audience Favorite votes will have their video featured on a Barbershop Harmony Society Virtual Midwinter Show in January 2021!



A one-of-a-kind virtual barbershop experience!
January 28-31, 2021

JUST ANNOUNCED! LIVE afterglow performances by:

FRIDAY - GQ & the Von Tramack Family Singers
SATURDAY - Forefront & Half and Half
SUNDAY - Midtown & Hearsay

A full slate of incredible performers

We have over 20 quartets confirmed so far, including Main Street, Double Date, QuorumDoubleDouble, GQ, and more. See the full list here!

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.


Yuletide Favorites Quartet Challenge

Thank you to all the participants that submitted videos for the Yuletide Favorites Quartet Challenge. We enjoyed all the performances from the Yuletide Favorites Vol. I Songbook.

And the winning quartet is ... Tour de Four!

Tour de Four is with the Capital City Chorus in Ottawa, ON, and will receive a $100 credit in the Marketplace store! You can enjoy their submitted performances of "Coventry Carol" and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming!" Congratulations - your videos will help spread some holiday cheer this season.

Quartets, stay tuned for our next song competition coming in January!


In Memory of Fraser Brown
Standing Room Only | From the First Hello...
"The Phoenicians lost one of its greatest friends. Fraser Brown passed away in the comfort of family. One could write a book on the accomplishments Fraser had in the Society and his contributions to the Phoenicians will be long remembered and sorely missed."

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