HQ staff position opens: Executive Assistant to the CEO

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in HQ operations | Posted on June 25, 2015, 7:16 PM


Harmony Hall Nashville, TNWith the impending retirement of Harmony Hall’s devoted Executive Assistant Patty Leveille, a search has begun for her worthy successor. Read on to see if it’s YOU!

Job Description: Executive Assistant to the CEO

If you see Patty in Pittsburg, make sure to wish her a very happy retirement and thank her for her dedication to the Society and the entire staff. She probably did something for you that you’ll never even know about.

May the road rise to meet you, Patty… We will miss you!


New BHS website launched!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Harmony Marketplace, HQ operations, Members, Social Media | Posted on June 12, 2015, 10:54 AM


Barbershop.org gets a facelift and tech boost:


Cleaner, faster design

Mobile optimized

Integrated search across site, blog

Consolidates many sub-sites for easier browsing

We think you’ll like the new look and speedy response of our newly designed flagship site. A more flexible architecture means we can stand up new content areas quickly, integrate fast-breaking blog content directly into the site, and enhance the sharing and social media capabilities.

Harmony Marketplace now lives at shop.barbershop.org

New design! Better search! Members save 25% on all items every day!

Immediate download of select sheet music titles! (U.S. and Canada only.)

Your single source for all things barbershop gets better TODAY. Don’t be alarmed when your browser redirects you from www.harmonymarketplace.com to our new home at shop.barbershop.org  — it’s still us, but with a great new look and more ways to enjoy barbershop’s best.

Search for music faster than ever

In the mood for an Ed Waesche arrangement of an uptune for men’s voices? Click a few boxes and away you go!

Get your music faster with digital downloads!

Many of our arrangements can now be purchased for immediate digital download in the U.S. and Canada. You could be singing and listening to learning tracks in a matter of minutes!

Members save 25% on every order

Your up-to-date membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society saves you money on every purchase. Enter and validate your Member ID at checkout and take 25% everything in your cart! On your first visit, create an account and you’ll always get the the member pricing.

Details, details, details

  • Shoppers will be required to create a new account on our new shop.barbershop.org site. This is not linked directly to your ebiz.barbershop.org account, so be sure to save your credentials in a safe place.

  • Shipping charges have been reduced for most orders, and you have more options than before.

  • Online purchasing available by credit/debit card only; phone orders may be placed via our Customer Service Center at 800-876-SING

Visit today and see some fun new items waiting for you.

Barbershopper Tom Shillue to host FOX’s Red Eye

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in #youredoingitright, In the news, Just for Fun, Members, Society Board | Posted on June 5, 2015, 11:45 AM


tom_shillueComedian. Barbershopper. Ragtime Gal. 

Now Tom Shillue can add Late Night Host to his already terrific resume. He takes over as the host of Fox’s late-night comedic talk show Red Eye.

The program’s original host Greg Gutfeld departed the show in early March to host his own eponymous Sunday evening show for the network. Since then, the show’s most regular panelists have rotated in hosting duties: Shillue, Andy Levy, Jedediah Bila, Gavin McInnes, Sherrod Small, among others.

Mediaite readers selected either McInnes and Shillue as their top two choices to fill the vacant hosting role. The latter will take over the show at an as-yet-unknown date.


You can check out Tom’s bass chops here:

Front row seats? Psh… SO last year.

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in 2015 Pittsburgh, Contests & Judging, Harmony Foundation | Posted on June 5, 2015, 10:31 AM


Sit in the REAL best seat in the house!

Most Barbershoppers think they can score contests as well as the judges. Now you can prove it – from the vantage point of the judging area itself!

Harmony Foundation and the Contest & Judging program are teaming up to auction off a single seat at each & every contest session! So if you’ve ever wanted to test out your judging chops, you can bid on a seat at the grown-ups table and be a “Judge for a Day.” Bidding is open now for Pittsburgh, at www.bestseat.org.

Funds received go to Harmony Foundation International to help defray the expenses for such efforts as the Collegiate Quartet Contest, Youth Chorus Festival, Youth Harmony Workshops, Harmony Explosion Camps, and Harmony University Scholarships for Music Educators.

 What do you get?

  1. A guest judge name tag and complete set of scoring forms for your selected judging category.
  2. Following the convention, a chart showing your scores compared to the official panel members in your selected judging category.
  3. An invitation to join the official panel at all meals and snacks at intermissions associated with your selected contest session.
  4. The chance to sit in and observe the evaluations sessions after the contest.

And more

Sign up NOW — only 14 days left to make your bid!

COMING SOON: New BHS and Harmony Marketplace web sites!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Harmony Marketplace, HQ operations, Members | Posted on June 5, 2015, 9:41 AM


New web sites to debut!

Life is growth and change, and we think you’ll see plenty of both in Barbershop Harmony Society new sites deploying next week.

Our flagship site www.barbershop.org sports a clean new look that will display beautifully on all devices. A new platform should speed development of more kinds of content, and enhanced search capabilities will make it easier to find, enjoy, and share with your friends.

The new design will also integrate many previously-separated sub-sites such as barbershopconvention.com, harmonyuniversity.org and others, into a single, searchable location.

Most notable will be the redesigned, super-speedy, mobile friendly Harmony Marketplace, which will migrate to a new address at shop.barbershop.org. A robust new ecommerce platform will make it faster and easier to shop for recordings, sheet music, apparel, and more. You should see immediate improvements in receiving your orders, as your online purchases move directly from website to our shipping department. You’ll get instant email confirmations for placing an order, see it move into our processing department, and receive UPS or US Postal Service tracking codes when it leaves Harmony Hall.

Sheet music search has been beefed up, with ability to search on arranger, title, and category.

Look for the new sites to begin rolling out early next week.

CURMUDGUCATION: Stop “Defending” Music

Posted by Brian Lynch | Posted in Related Readng, Social Media | Posted on June 4, 2015, 8:25 AM


A pure defense: “Beauty is its own excuse for being.”

Music does not need to make excuses for itself, as if it had no intrinsic worth. It does not have to dress itself up in test-taking robes or mathematical masks. It has deep, powerful human value, and all of us who love it should be saying so, over and over and over again.

Do not defend a music program because it’s good for other things. That’s like defending kissing because it gives you stronger lip muscles for eating soup neatly. Defend it because music is awesome in ways that no other field is awesome. Defend it because it is music, and that’s all the reason it needs. As Emerson wrote, “Beauty is its own excuse for being.” A school without music is less whole, less human, less valuable, less complete. Stand up for music as itself, and stop making excuses.

via CURMUDGUCATION: Stop “Defending” Music.

COMING SOON: Barberpole Cat, vol. II

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in 2015 Pittsburgh, Harmony University, Media, Music, Song of The Week | Posted on May 28, 2015, 5:44 PM


Since 1971, harmonizers worldwide have turned to the Barberpole Cat Songbook and Program for a reliable resource of singable songs “everyone knows.”

 We’ve all cut our teeth on “Down Our Way” and “Heart of My Heart.” Four short decades later — we’re ready for a few more!

 The Barberpole Cat Songbook Vol. II is designed to bridge the gap between Polecat songs and music at a difficulty level that many of our Harmony Brigades sing.  This book is designed for the member who has “graduated” from the standard Polecat book. You’ll find songs in this songbook you are already familiar with; indeed, for many chapters, Boston Common tunes or “Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)” are basically de facto Polecats. We have your original works – like the Norm Starks piece – as well as tried-and-true favorites.

After You’ve GoneIMG_0171
Bright Was The Night
(When It’s) Darkness On The Delta
Drivin’ Me Crazy
From The First Hello To The Last Goodbye
Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby / We All Fall
Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)
I’ve Been Workin’ On The Railroad
Lida Rose /Will I Ever Tell You
Over The Rainbow



Coming soon — to be released at convention in Pittsburgh!

REVEALED! Fantasy Quartet BASS

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in 2015 Pittsburgh, Performance, Quartetting, Social Media | Posted on May 28, 2015, 5:38 PM


The Fantasy Quartet that YOU selected will be featured on the Saturday Night Spectacular at Pittsburgh, paying tribute to favorite son Stephen Foster by singing one of his greatest hits, arranged by barbershop icon Ed Waesche.

Last week we unveiled Singer #1, the tenor. Most commentators had already pegged stratospheric postmaster Tim Waurick for the role.

This week, we reveal the foundation, the core, the mover of earth, the envy of men and heartbreaker of women — the bass.

Sure, these guys all sound great on video — by you need to be at the SaturdayNight Spectacular in Pittsburgh to hear them together in their full glory.

Ice Cream and The Reen Family Singers at Klavon’s!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in 2015 Pittsburgh, Just for Fun, Performance, Quartetting, Social Media | Posted on May 26, 2015, 2:02 PM


Reen_Boys_Final_ezrJuly 4th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Come celebrate the 4th of July with an old fashioned ice cream social at an original apothecary from the 1920’s. Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District is a step back in time and it features delicious Penn State Creamery Ice Cream. The best part: The REEN FAMILY SINGERS QUARTET  will be sharing their wonderful family harmonies as you enjoy your ice cream!

This will surely be one of the highlights of your stay in Pittsburgh! So have some lunch, stop by Klavon’s for some delicious ice cream and  family harmonies, then make your way to the Mass Sing at 3pm.

In addition to the ice cream social, barbershoppers visiting Klavon’s will receive 10% off all week by showing your registration badge.

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2801 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Harmony Marketplace: Sheet Music Prices Realigned To Industry Standards

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Harmony Marketplace, HQ operations, Music | Posted on May 26, 2015, 9:27 AM


Coming in the next six weeks, the Barbershop Harmony Society will significantly overhaul the way it prices and sells sheet music, its first major significant pricing change since 2004.music_cover_Im_Yours

All sheet music, whether published or unpublished, will be sold at fixed prices. We have eliminated the variable arranger fees that often confused customers; these fees also tended to price some of the best charts beyond the means of many performers. Now, most unpublished arrangements will be less expensive than under the old system.

Better still, all members, quartets and chapters will now enjoy a 25% discount on all purchases at Harmony Marketplace. A forthcoming technology upgrade will automatically award you the best price for any purchase, simplifying the shopping and checkout process.

 Together, these upgrades to our pricing and technology will have an even greater global impact.

  • Our pricing will be identical to that found at major publishers such as Hal Leonard.

  • Under a single licensing model, we will be able to rapidly expand the range of titles being sold worldwide, bringing more barbershop music to more people in more countries.

  • These changes will create a more equitable compensation system for our arrangers, enhancing their revenue and providing incentive for them to continue to expand our catalog with top quality material distributed around the world.

Updated sheet music pricing
Effective on or about June 6, 2015

Regular price

With 25% Member Discount

Published titles



Unpublished titles




New HQ Staff Position Opens

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Chapters, HQ operations, Leadership, Membership growth | Posted on May 22, 2015, 4:14 PM


Harmony Hall Nashville, TN

We are now seeking applicants for a new position at Harmony Hall, Nashville!

Manager of Chapter Leadership Education

This position is responsible for the health of our Chapter Program.

The main components of the position are:

  • Directing activities between headquarters, districts, and all official chapters.
  • Facilitating the flow of information between the chapters, districts, and headquarters.
  • Assisting chapters to enhance local activities, including education, public relations, and grassroots efforts.

Full details and application info are at barbershop.org/about/careers-internships.html

Musical Island Boys tour their way to Pittsburgh

Posted by Brian Lynch | Posted in 2015 Pittsburgh, Events | Posted on May 21, 2015, 2:04 PM



Like a rock band hitting the road to promote their new album, our 2014 International Quartet Champs are crossing oceans and continents to prepare you for their forthcoming CD release, Four. 

The tour culminates at the international convention in Pittsburgh, where the quartet will appear on many shows, and also host a special CD release party in the Harmony Marketplace on Wednesday, July 1 immediately following the quartet quarterfinals session.

June 11: Manawatunes Chorus, Palmerston North, NZ (Final NZ Show as Champs)
7.30pm, Speirs Centre, 283 Featherston Street, Palmerston North
Tickets: $25 from Beggs Music Works Palmerston North
Or reserve by phone (06) 354 9554.
June 13: Houston Tidelanders and the Spring Statesment Chorus, Houston, TX
7.00pm, The Centrum, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Houston, TX
Tickets: $50, $40, $30, $20
June 17-19: New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp, Albuquerque, NM
Youth Harmony Camp Clinicians
June 20: A CAPPELLA LIVE! With the Ambassadors of Harmony, St Louis, MO
2.00pm & 8.00pm, Touhill Performing Arts Centre, One University Boulevard, St Louis, MO
Tickets: $22-31
June 27: Happy Together! A Celebration of A Capella Harmony w/ the Big Apple Chorus, New York, NY
7.30pm, NY Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall, 2 West 64th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $60, $35, $25
June 30 – July 4: BHS International Convention & Contests, Pittsburgh, PA

Pitch Perfect 2 Gets an Opening Act in Tulsa

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Just for Fun, Membership growth, Music, Outreach, Performance, Social Media | Posted on May 21, 2015, 8:38 AM


Several Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets have been involved with the opening weekend festivities for Pitch Perfect 2. A high school group from Tulsa sang a brief set at a local theater, and Australia’s Party Mix quartet appeared at the premiere held Down Under.


But just because opening weekend is done doesn’t mean that YOUR quartet or chorus can’t stage a mini concert of your own! Grab a gang from chorus, buy your tickets, and maybe sing one before the show. And if you happen to have some business cards or show tickets in your possession… well, you know what to do.


SING IT ON: A cappella video mashup!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in In the news, Just for Fun, Media, Social Media | Posted on May 20, 2015, 8:43 AM


Brought to you by John Legend and the new a cappella docu-series Sing It On, this cover of Meghan Trainor’s Like I’m Gonna Lose You is made up of videos submitted from all over the world. Sheet music and audio tracks were distributed via website… the singers did the rest! Special shout out to Ben Bram, genius arranger and Westminster pal.

You can still check out the show! Sing It On airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c. Go to POPTV.COM to find your channel.

NEW: Downloadable Learning Tracks!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Chorus, Harmony Marketplace, Music, Quartetting, Recordings | Posted on May 14, 2015, 6:16 PM


Purchase and download learning tracks from iTunes and Amazon… for real!trax

This is big, peeps. Really big. Dozens of our top-selling titles now offer learning tracks as digital purchases using Amazon and iTunes, two of the largest distribution channels in the world. Use your existing accounts to get the materials you need instantly, anywhere.

We currently offer the most recent dozen or so releases, and many, many more are in the pipeline for this year.

Browse the selection now on Amazon or the iTunes store.