May 6, 2016 
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Mix it up: Chapters singing together!
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Music Educators: Be a part of Hill Day
Song of the Week: Ring-a-Ding Ding
Nashville quartet draw announced!
An AIC show not to be missed
More ways to sing all week at HU
Gas House Gang, by a nose!
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Inter-Chapter visits bring Barbershoppers together!

Many members recall with the great fondness the once common practice of chapters visiting each other's rehearsals. This well-loved tradition has been popping up in more Districts over the past several years... here are two recent examples!
Toronto Northern Lights and East York Barbershoppers
"We were also thrilled to be joined by our good friends and the original sponsor of our Chapter, the East York Barbershoppers. They brought with them them an incredibly thoughtful and generous gift of a hand crafted podium, commemorating our gold medal in 2013 and the relationship between the two organizations.
Thank you so much to both David for your assistance, and to East York for your ongoing support and friendship. We're a very lucky bunch of guys!"
"The Thoroughbreds are very excited to have a chapter from Indianapolis, Circle City Sound Barbershop Chorus, visit us at our rehearsal venue, Jim Miller Hall. We are even going to be singing a couple of songs together and perform for each other. Barbershopbrotherhood"
Has your chapter taken a field trip lately? Share your experience with us! If you've never had a multi-chapter meeting, connect with your local barbershop brothers and plan an evening of singing together!

Calling all businesses! Exhibitor space, big screen ads, and program page ads are now available for the Nashville convention. Pricing, applications, and technical requirements can all be found on our web site

NEW LOOK : Our convention program is getting an upgrade. Stay tuned for revised ad specifications... including the option for FULL COLOR!

Questions? Contact Mark Holdeman at [email protected]


Calling all Music Educators: Be a part of Hill Day!

Four perfectly tuned voices generate that miraculous, sweet, essential fifth voice - the overtone. We live in the seventh each day, live in the synergy of a team doing something no one can do alone. That teamwork, that striving for a greater good, lies at the heart of our partnerships with professional music education organizations.Together, we are bringing the world a stronger, more passionate conviction about the value of music on our schools and daily lives.

On June 23, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) will lead the single largest gathering of music education advocates to Capitol Hill. NAfME is mobilizing college music students in particular to jump to the front lines of teaching and influencing decision-makers in Washington on Hill Day.

NAfME has put out a special call to the Barbershop Harmony Society to encourage our members in the teaching professions to stand for music as part of Hill Day. They see us as learners of all ages who have adopted singing as a lifelong avocation. The influence we have on young lives is profound, long-lasting, and our testimony moving.

We are proud that 2009 International Quartet Champion Crossroads will receive the Stand for Music Award, and hope they will be greeted by more of our young educators in Washington!

For full details, visit    

Ring-a-Ding Ding!

Best known as performed by Forefront, this Anthony Bartholomew arrangement really cooks! Composers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the track for Frank Sinatra's album of the same name and were considered by many to be his personal songwriters. 

Keep the tempo moving, smooth and not rushed, on this fun, fast-paced (and not for beginners!) chart. A swing feel is crucial throughout this piece, so be sure to focus on the eighth note values and lock them in. The lead has a little more leeway on this arrangement and, within the chords, can really show off their ability to wail!


Meet The Reen Brothers!
Have you heard the Reen Brothers yet? Well, you should! This quartet of brothers is well known in the Johnny Appleseed District (and beyond!) for their tight harmony and Osmond-esque sound. Fun Fact: This quartet is the youngest group participating in the upcoming Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest!
Don't miss an incredible evening of our very best youth quartets singing in the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest on Tuesday, July 5th at the stunning Schermerhorn Symphony Center!

Quartet order of appearance announced for Nashville
The Official Draw for the 2016 International Quartet Contest. BEST of luck to all our competitors! Time to schedule those last few months of rehearsals, boys. It's almost time to dance. #BHSNASH

Curious about the order of appearance for the Youth contest? Stay tuned... we'll be announcing the date for the draw soon!
Join your favorite AIC quartets for a night to remember! 

Make sure to
pick up your tickets to see Vocal Spectrum, Instant Classic, Crossroads, and so much more in Nashville this summer, appearing at the incredible Schermerhorn Symphony Center for two star-studded shows.

Show times:
Wednesday, July 6
Thursday, July 7
7:30 pm


At HU, you can SING all week long!

Looking for a summer chorus experience? In addition to a full schedule of classes, you can add a daily chorus rehearsal to your week at Harmony UniversityAuditions for the Men's Honors Chorus have closed for this year, but women can still sign up for the Women's Honors Chorus to sing under the direction of the incredible team of Debbie Cleveland and Karen Breidert

Guys under 25 can spend the week singing with our current International Champion quartet Instant Classic in the NextGen Chorus... and can still register at our Youth rate!

Harmony Brigade Extreme Quartetting
If quartets are more your thing, the HU Harmony Brigade will be in full force! A fee of $25 gets you access to music, learning tracks, and as much harmony as you can handle. This is for experienced quartet singers, so be ready to have your part memorized on 8 medium- to difficult-level charts. Learn more here!

Want to sing, but don't have time to learn more extra music? No problem! Sign-ups will be available for HU Festival Choruses who will perform around Nashville on Saturday afternoon, singing the General Session songs from the week. Make friends, spread some harmony, and see a little more of our Nashville neighborhood!


And in the home stretch... it's the Gas House Gang!

It's Kentucky Derby weekend, so break out the binoculars, fancy hats, and mint juleps. If you're not interested in horse racing, maybe this version from the 1991 International contest is more to your liking!

Gas House Gang - The Ride of My Life

Gas House Gang - Derby City, USA 
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