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  Guest blog from Jeremy Gover, BHS A/V Manager When I was hired as the new A/V Manager of the Barbershop Harmony Society back in April of 2014,  my predecessor, Aaron Johnson, took me down to the basement to show me the media archive. He unlocked the doors and walked me around a corner which featured […]
Author: Jeremy K. Gover
Posted: June 22, 2017, 4:37 pm
By Marty Lovick, Performance coach martylovick@shaw.ca   My first session with Forefront was on a blustery January day in 2015 in New Orleans. It was cold outside, but they were firing on all cylinders. At our first meeting, they showed willingness to go further down the path they had created for themselves. Given their penchant […]
Author: Lorin May
Posted: June 21, 2017, 7:10 pm
  Instant Classic and Forefront have always had a close – yet somewhat competitive – “barbershop bromance.” The Hughes brothers and the Kitzmiller brothers tagged into the wee hours at many Cardinal District competitions and events. And the two quartets competed against each other many times at the district and international levels. Drew even served […]
Author: Lorin May
Posted: June 21, 2017, 6:56 pm
The path from high school quartet singers to world champs is already well-known to Barbershoppers, but now New Zealand television viewers have gotten a heaping dose of our pals from Musical Island Boys.  TVNZ’s The Naked Choir, an a cappella singing show, featured tenor Jeff Hunkin as host and bass Matt Gifford as a judge in the recently concluded […]
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 20, 2017, 4:51 pm
Professional layout and design, “insider” feature content, and loads of advertising combine to make the Westchester Chordsmen‘s Overtones magazine a model to emulate. The full-size magazine format allows plenty of space for a clean, airy presentation, and showcases the numerous advertisers to best advantage. Evergreen content covers the chapter’s active performance schedule, outreach activities, and […]
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 20, 2017, 3:50 pm
Quartet singing lives at the heart of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and a new project aims to inject additional vigor and resources into the formation and continued growth of quartets. The initial research phase begins this month with a brief survey of existing male quartets regarding their activities/needs. The scope extend beyond BHS-registered quartets to […]
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 8, 2017, 4:59 pm
Music City will again host a major gathering of close-harmony singers, when the Nashville-based Barbershop Harmony Society welcomes more than 2,000 guests to its Midwinter Convention, January 22-27, 2019. The Midwinter Convention celebrates the intergenerational appeal of a cappella singing, with major events that include an International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival and the International Seniors […]
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 7, 2017, 8:05 pm
Careful listening and pitch training may help reduce the effects of hearing loss, according to research at Ryerson University in Toronto. …[O]ne way we follow a particular voice is by locking onto its pitch, allowing us to use frequency as an anchor. “When we’re listening to voices and speech, there’s a frequency trail we can […]
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 7, 2017, 2:18 pm
So you show up at barbershop chorus rehearsal, and someone hands you a folder full of music. “Let’s get started,” says the director, looking sharp in his polo with the Barbershop Harmony Society emblem over the heart. “Pitch, please.” A reedy B-flat is sounded, and off you  go. Where did all that barbershop stuff come […]
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 6, 2017, 10:00 pm
NPR reports on research at Vanderbilt University showing a correlation in children between good rhythm skills and a good grasp of grammar. “One thing that rhythm and grammar have in common is that they both unfold over time, and our brains form expectancies about what’s coming up based on what we just heard,” says Gordon.
Author: Brian Lynch
Posted: June 6, 2017, 1:56 pm