Not sure about bringing the family to Pittsburgh? Well, FEAR NOT! There is so much to do that you’ll be lucky to see them in between contest sessions. If you’re within driving distance, there’s no reason you can’t make a terrific family vacation out of convention week.
Plus, we’ve heard that this town takes their fireworks show veeeeery seriously! #kidslovefireworks
To preserve and teach the art of barbershop harmony, there is now a Young Women in Harmony patch for Girl Scouts to earn! Interested girls of all ages can get this new patch for their sash by exploring four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop basics, and even a Sweet Adelines rehearsal. Let’s keep the vocal art of barbershop harmony alive and well for many generations to come.
The Chord Rustlersof Bozeman, Montana have a great story to tell. They have a long history of community involvement and a long time desire to get kids singing and help educators and schools whenever possible.
They started a music camp called the Big Sky Youth Harmony Rendezvous. Scheduled for June 17-21, 2015, the camp is entering its 13th year and has been a great opportunity for boys and girls in Montana and the surrounding states to sing a cappella music. The Chord Rustlers have provided leadership for this camp and, of course, help fund the camp with annual donations around $3,000.
This is a story from Jim Bagby, of the Heart of America Chorus, about a mini-chorus in the cardiac rehab program at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. It’s not made up of Barbershoppers. The corps of the group are not really singers, although they discovered they really like to sing. As Jim tells it:
“We started the Cardiac Carolers, as we dubbed ourselves then, about 15 years ago, …and persuaded – with some difficulty – six other members of our afternoon workout class to entertain at the annual holiday open house. ..We were a smash hit with the other patients and spouses, who generally range in age from 70ish upward.” The group was later renamed Cardio Jam.
On February 2nd, at the initiative of Program VP, Don Spero, the Singing Capital Chorusof the District of Columbia Chapter held a joint rehearsal with the Dukes of Ellington, fourteen young men from the Ellington School of Music, an elite public charter high school in Washington, D.C. Admission to the high school is by audition only.
The groundhog in the photo is an honorary member of the Singing Capital Chorus. He came to the event as it was Groundhog Day and shadowed the group from beginning to end. With him were the Dukes’s youngest member, Dante, aged 13, who sang like an inferno, and the chorus’s most senior member, Fred Peters, 97 years young and the sweetest lead singer this side of heaven.
John Elving read this on the ACDA daily blurb. It is in response to a question from a teacher who said she has some pretty talented juniors and seniors who want to sing some Sweet Adeline music. It is the best response on there and worth sharing with all. Deanne Casperson, who lives in Idaho, writes:
Barbershop is AWESOME for high school girls. I teach at a high school and got seriously hooked when I attended a festival the Barbershop Harmony Society offered in our area – free clinicians, free music, free awesome day of instruction with 10 other high schools, and a GREAT concert with our kids performing and a headliner quartet. We have LOVED it ever since and I do a full 12-week unit on it for a couple of my classes now. The very best resource are the Young Women in Harmony books – There are about 10 songs in each book – very accessible – on familiar staves – great songs. They have 2 volumes out now. Occasionally I have to change some of the bass notes because they are a bit low, but they are very cost effective and a resource I use every year. Call the Sweet Adeline office and ask to speak with their educator representative and you will get great help. They have even sent me some things for free that have been most useful. If you want to know more about festivals in your area, reply to me and I’ll give you contact info.
Congrats on an awesome decision – I’ve never looked back.
Barbershop is gaining a foothold in our education systems throughout the nation!
Every quartet has their favorite Valentine stories, but here’s a little twist that only started on Valentines day from Doug Drew of the Ottawa, Ontario Chapter.
Doug’s quartet. A Special Event, in their finest outfits, had delivered several Singing Valentines during the morning and stopped for some lunch at a Pizza Parlor. When finished eating, naturally we sang to their waitress. The man behind the Take-Out counter asked about the quartet and Doug gave him their business card. Shortly after, this man hired them to deliver Birthday Greetings, with a Rose and Chocolates, to his wife as she instructed her Aerobics class at a local Community Center.
“While I did not see her, a lady in the class recognized me from work, and gave my name to another lady in the class.” Doug writes. In a few days he received a call from this lady to sing at her husband’s Birthday Party. A party guest asked for their card.
A couple of weeks later that gentleman hired the quartet to entertain his Investment Clients, who he was treating to dinner in a very fine restaurant. He hired them a second time a year later, and became a regular at their Chapter shows and is still on the ticket sales mailing list now, several years later.
Doug summaries the chain of events: “All this from one song to our waitress.”
President Dan Sullivanwrites that after several years of saying that he would like to sing barbershop, he finally joined the North Georgia Barbershop Singersand is enjoying it immensely. Even when he sings an off-key note or sings the wrong words, it can’t detract from how good singing makes him feel. Writing in the Lake Lanier Chapter bulletin, Down Our Way, Dan says he “leaves every rehearsal uplifted, buoyed by a flurry of endorphins flooding through my body.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Coles County Chorus of Charleston-Mattoon IL and their friends were making a listof holiday activities last December, and checking it twicefor an impressive and entertaining season of outreach to their communities.
Saturday, December 6th The Toast of Champaign Sweet Adeline Chorus put on a very nice afternoon show. With 30 ladies and a very clever narrator, they performed “ A Fractured Christmas Tale.” Unity High School (Tolono) boasts a tremendous vocal music program … great Show Choir and a major emphasis in a cappella singing. These 13 girls (the Surreal Sound) with their excellent vocal percussionist, performed on the show.
Sunday, December 7th The 29 singers of the Coles County Chorus performed two 39th Annual Christmas Benefit Concerts, raising more than $4,000 for area Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter programs. It was a 9 to 10 hour time commitment for the singers, but worth every minute of it. Read the rest of this entry »
The Seattle SeaChordsmen Chorus participated in the 28th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest in December 2014 in downtown Seattle. This is an annual fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank.
The SeaChordsmen Chorus was one of many singing groups who participated in this wonderful event and solicited donations for the cause.
Rick Kready is pretty proud his son Jeff, a fourth-generation Barbershopper who sang lead in the 2005 CSD champ quartet Take 4, which broke up when Jeff moved on to professional acting. In a recent interview, Jeff describes how his stage dad helped launch his career:
‘Actually my first “professional job” was The Music Man at Kansas City Starlight, and I was in fourth grade. I went to the audition and I totally blew it—and I knew I blew it, in fourth grade; I was the worst one there out of 500 kids auditioning. And magically a week later, I found out I got it. I would be in the children’s chorus, and I was baffled. Then my senior year of high school, I find out the reason I got it was because they had asked my dad’s barber shop quartet to be the quartet in The Music Man and he said, ‘Yes, we will do it if you’ll cast my son.’ I was slightly devastated but it a great lesson that my very first job— the thing that spurred me on to do this for a living—was all by nepotism’
Posted by Adam Scott | Posted in Song of The Week | Posted on March 27, 2015, 8:15 AM
Barbershop is all genres and all styles. Don’t believe us? “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” are right next to each other in alphabetical order. Seriously.
Our first country chart of the year is a tune from Grammy winner Randy Travis. “Forever and Ever, Amen” is simple, heartfelt, charming, and a bona fide monster hit, winning the Grammy for Best Country & Western Song and an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year in 1987.
Kevin Keller’s arrangement is great for Valentines, weddings, anniversaries, Mother’s Day — anytime you want to floor them with emotion.
Our learning tracks are by After Hours tenor Tim Beutel, and are available in a quartet kit that includes four licensed copies of sheet music, a learning CD and permissions for four CD copies.
Randy Travis – Forever And Ever, Amen (Official Video)
Posted by Adam Scott | Posted in Song of The Week | Posted on March 19, 2015, 1:54 PM
We’ve been studying Stephen Foster pretty closely, as we prepare to visit his hometown of Pittsburgh this summer. Along the way, we unearthed this fun little number.
“If You’ve Only Got a Mustache” was revived in the 2014 Western-comedy film A Million Ways to Die in the West. Perform this stylized hoedown version with great energy, giving broadly comedic emphasis to the lyrics and stage presence.
If You’ve Only Got a Moustache – A Million Ways To Die In The West Soundtrack