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BHS News | Education | Merchandise
January 8, 2021 | View past issues here

NEW resource: A Guide to Virtual Engagement

Hosted by Donny Rose, BHS Director of Music Education 

BHS chapters have shared that many of their members are not engaging in virtual rehearsals or online gatherings because of fear or discomfort with technology. We'd like to help! If you have a computer or smartphone and can watch this video from our music education team, you have all the tech you need to join your chapter's virtual rehearsal next week.

Share this video with fellow barbershoppers in your circle who need some extra encouragement and a little help to get started!

Singing Valentines during a pandemic

An annual highlight of barbershop life—and a significant revenue source for many groups—seems unlikely to happen in 2021 due to the global pandemic. Consider these safety concerns around face-to-face Singing Valentines, and potential alternative opportunities.

Although COVD-19 vaccination is beginning to roll out slowly across North America, caseloads are still high, and “normal” barbershop gatherings still look pretty distant. To satisfy their need to sing, barbershop groups continue experimenting with online meeting formats, and innovative outdoor gatherings in cars, parking lots, via FM transmitters and wireless microphones.

Within your own community of singers, your risk tolerance for being together might be manageable; a quartet might be willing to meet together, disciplined in keeping safe distances, and remain relatively “bubbled” together in quarantine. But when it comes to bringing music into other people’s homes, workplaces, and other public settings, a deeper conversation must take place. People who willingly gather together to sing might not be welcome when they show up unannounced in someone else’s environment.

So - what to do? 



Tampa Bay a cappella leader describes the appeal of barbershop-style singing

A conversation with a barbershop-style choral director Tony De Rosa, who makes music with voices alone.

I think, especially with barbershop singing but singing in general, there’s a couple of things. I’ve been a lifetime performer and singer, and if your heart’s in the right place as a singer, you sing for your own enjoyment but you’re really singing to serve someone else. The whole joy of singing is being able to bless someone else and give someone else a ray of hope and positivity because of the song that you’re sharing. That only goes up exponentially when you’re doing something like a cappella singing, which is what our barbershop style is all about.


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!

LA Times profiles Da Upper Yoopers

A story on how choirs innovate to sing together during pandemic leads an award-winning journalist to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to meet a can-do mixed chorus in a small town.
When one of America's leading newspapers wanted to show the lengths we'll go to scratch our singing itch, the indefatigable Pete Stephens-Brown was there with the answer. Pete directs Da Upper Yoopers Chorus, who are shown here singing with wireless mics and an FM transmitter to bring the sound back to each singer.

Read the full story in the LA Times.

Barbershop LIVE @ Home returns this weekend!
January 10, 2021 • 7:00 pm CT • live via Zoom



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


Over 20 quartets are confirmed to perform at the 2021 Virtual Midwinter Convention, plus LIVE afterglow performances.


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.


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!


In addition to a-la-carte availability, a 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)

Marketplace pick:
BHS Pocket Knife

A pocket knife with a custom barberpole handle. Each knife has a Vintage Barbershop motif laser-engraved on the blade. Produced exclusively for BHS by Bear & Son Cutlery.

The Barlow style is highly coveted by collectors, featuring high polished 440 steel blade, nickel silver bolsters, white smooth bone handles, and Barbershop Harmony Society art laser-etched on the handle.

BHS Pocket Knife

$60 member price

Gatsby | So Long, Mother
Greg Clancy, Bill Thornton, Gary Parker, Jason January
1985 International Convention

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