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BHS News | Education | Merchandise
October 30, 2020 | View past issues here


The 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention will be an immersive experience you won't soon forget -- coming January 2021!

The 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention will capture your imagination and bring everything you love about Midwinter -- the connection, the camaraderie, the harmony -- into the safety of your home. Available 24 hours a day around the globe, you'll be able to meet with your friends -- and make new ones! -- during this one-of-a-kind online event experience.

Chapter Spotlight:
The Arlingtones

Like many busy choruses, the Arlingtones of Arlington Heights, Illinois, found themselves at loose ends when the pandemic required suspension of normal chapter activities.

For a group accustomed to singing more than two dozen gigs each year, the timeout has been rough.

“It isn’t our style to just rehearse on Zoom or in-person without a goal in sight,” says chorus manager Jerry Reed. “I’m always looking for opportunities for us to perform, whether it is a service club luncheon, doing the National Anthem at a sporting event, or singing at Memory Cafes.”

Some careful planning and innovative thinking allowed the chorus to perform a complimentary gig they called “Concert in the Parking Lot” for residents of a low-income retirement facility.


Our first-ever Virtual Junior Quartet Challenge is now underway! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW THRU DECEMBER 15TH
Have you always wanted to try a long-distance quartet? What better time than now, and BHS can help you get started for FREE!

Matt & Joy Suellentrop

Fleet Street

Why I'm a BHS Member

Matt Suellentrop
I joined the Barbershop Harmony Society as an 18-year old high-schooler looking for another opportunity to sing. Jim Henry was influential in that decision, visiting local high schools like mine and cultivating an environment that encouraged young singers like myself. Little did I know how much it would impact my life, or that I would still be doing it 15 years later with no sights on slowing down.

I continue to be a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for the opportunity to make music and enjoy time with people from around the world who have become my best friends. Because of all that this hobby has given me (which includes my wife, Joy!), I feel compelled to serve in leadership roles at all levels. It's so important that the younger generation step up in these ways to ensure that the next group of barbershoppers are given all of the enjoyment and opportunities that we have.

Matt Suellentrop
Fleet Street Quartet | Ambassadors of Harmony
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!

Podcast: Music (Ed) Matters

Music educator, podcaster, and relatively new barbershop fan Dr. Emily Burch recently aired two episodes about the power of barbershop in the classroom!

Episode 27 - Breaking into Barbershop?

A quick-start guide for educators with Joe Cerutti from Barbershop Harmony Society
Tight harmonies, straw hats, striped vests, and bad vowels… .the stereotype of Barbershop, some would say. This episode not only dispels those stereotypes but offers all teachers and directors a step-by-step guide for how to break into the Barbershop world with your singers.
Barbershop Harmony Society’s Director of Outreach (and former choral director himself) Joe Cerutti shares his passion, energy, and excitement about the benefits of Barbershop including the use of tags for warm-ups, sight-reading, community building, and more! Ready to try something new? Wonder why those barbershoppers are always so friendly? Not sure where to start with all those tight harmonies? This episode is for you, and as Joe says, “the only thing better than singing is more singing.” I say, bring it on!

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Podomatic Podcast

BONUS Ep #9 - We tried some Barbershop....and this is what happened!

Still not convinced of the fun, joy, and benefits of Barbershop? Want to know that first-time barbershop singers think and get a quick tutorial on Dr. Burch’s Favorite tags? In this quick bonus episode, Dr. Burch shares thoughts directly from the singers as well as their Barbershop favs (so far). In the process, you’ll hear about some of the things they’ve done for success, engagement, and fun in rehearsals.

Listen: Apple Podcasts | Podomatic Podcast

BHS COVID Guide for Singers

Virtual A Cappella Tools

Barbershop LIVE @ Home

Do you miss going to a weekly chapter meeting? So do we— so we’re putting it online for the entire barbershop community to enjoy together!

Sunday, November 1, 2020 • 7:00 pm Central • live via Zoom

We'll combine everything you love every week —fun, friendship, and singing together — with the BEST leaders in the world. In just over 90 minutes, you will:
  • Warm-up with a leading vocal coach
  • Learn a new song with a rock star teaching quartet
  • Enjoy an interview with a barbershop hero
  • Dive into what makes a barbershop performance succeed
  • Fun barbershop trivia and more!



Pick of the Week
Yuletide Favorites, Vol II

Ready to refresh your seasonal music?
Add our Yuletide Songbook, Vol II to your collection of holiday music! Part specific Sing-a-long version is also available for all of your singing-loudly-in-the-car needs this holiday season.

TTBB Songbook
TTBB Sing-a-long Learning Tracks

Yuletide Favorites, Vol. I

Now available in SSAA and SATB voicings!

This beloved 19-song collection of holiday classics in the barbershop style is now available for SSAA (high-voices) and SATB (mixed-voices).

Yuletide Sing-a-long

“Sing Along Tracks” also available for all three editions of Yuletide Vol. 1

Perfect for singing some old favorites on your own, practicing a new voice part, or learning them for the first time!

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