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BHS News | Education | Merchandise
October 16, 2020 | View past issues here


San Francisco Bay Cities Quartets

Everyone in Harmony Stories illustrate how communities of barbershoppers are living the BHS Strategic Vision of Everyone in Harmony -- engaging in their local community, celebrating lifelong singing, practicing radical inclusion to share the joy of harmony singing with others, and barbershopping their way.
Founded in 1998, the San Francisco Bay Cities Quartets chapter knows exactly who they are and how they like to barbershop! This social quartet chapter meets regularly at their local Denny's restaurant to sing a polecat or two, share some quartet performances, and, most importantly, stay connected as a barbershop family. 

Barbershop Live @ Home

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

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!


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!

BHS Member Profile

Chris Potter and A Love Song for Dorothy
Love at first sight seized Chris and Dorothy Potter six decades ago, and their long love story continues despite dementia, strokes, and quarantine. Singing builds a bridge through dark times, and sustains a weary caregiver.

“My wife is now in a care home with dementia and a medium stroke,” says Chris Potter, a 15-year member of the Nanaimo Tidesmen Chorus on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. “In December, we sang there. After I fed her (I did that twice a day), I took her down to the warm-up room and we sang a few songs. Then we sang ’Heart of My Heart’ to her. I’m holding her hand, my bottom lip quivering, trying to sing past the lump in my throat. Twenty-five guys with tears in their eyes singing a love song to my love of more than sixty years. That’s what kind of people are in barbershop.”

While Chris may have said that about his fellow Tidesmen, it probably more accurately describes his own life. His love story with Dorothy illustrates how singing refreshes a weary soul carrying a heavy load without complaint.

As part of this continuing series that expands on themes in our 2019 Annual Report, let’s have Chris tell his own story...

Virtual Junior Quartet Challenge

The first-ever Virtual Junior Quartet Challenge, hosted by the Barbershop Harmony Society, is now underway! With so many music educators working virtually at the moment, this option is the perfect way to include the uniquely American barbershop art form within your online-based curriculum.


Thank a Teacher!

The BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award recognizes excellence in teaching, performing, and the lifelong impact music teachers make on young singers.

In partnership and collaboration with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Barbershop Harmony Society presents an annual award to honor educators who give students the opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that music brings in uplifting the human spirit and fostering the well-being of society.


Webinar Now Online!

Inclusion in Barbershop Series:
Gender Identity, LGBTQ+ and Barbershop

Join Mia Baz, Mo Field, Alex Morris, Steve Scott, and Terry Reynolds as they share experiences of exclusion and inclusion within the barbershop as it relates to gender and sexual identity.

Viewers will walk away with a deeper understanding of experiences of exclusion that happen within the barbershop community, plus tools and information that will help folks become ambassadors for positive change.

CLICK HERE to see what attendees had to say or to view the webinar yourself!

Bucket Hat
$18 Member Price

Logo Baseball Cap
$20 Member Price

HU Trucker Hat
$20 Member Price


Still the One (as sung by Orleans)

arr. Deke Sharon & Scott Harris
One of two brand new charts premiered by the 2020 BHS Everyone in Harmony Virtual Chorus, this incredibly fun, easy-to-learn arrangement stays true to the original recording by ‘70’s soft rock band Orleans. A perfect set-builder for any quartet or chorus, and sure to be a clap-along audience favorite!

TTBB Sheet Music + Learning Tracks
SSAA Sheet Music + Learning Tracks
SATB Sheet Music + Learning Tracks
Difficulty: 2

Meet the Incoming Board Members!

Our three incoming Board Members bring over 60 years of barbershop experiences to the table.

We interviewed Maria Christian (Directs Song of The Lakes Chorus (Sweet Adelines); Sings with First Class Quartet), Mark Fortino (Sings with Harmonium, 2016 CSD Champs), and Christian Hunter (Sings with Somerset Hills, MAD) asking to share some of their barbershop beginnings, why they fit on the Board, and a few fun questions along the way.

Maria Christian

Mark Fortino

Christian Hunter

Virtual Association of Central States Champions Show

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