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.

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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!

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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.

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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


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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




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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

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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
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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.


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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.

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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.


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100 classes in Pittsburgh! 100!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in 2015 Pittsburgh, Harmony University, Members, Music, Performance, Singing Skills, Why I Barbershop | Posted on May 14, 2015, 5:49 PM


You said, “Give us something more than just watching shows!”logo_pittsburgh2015

You said, “We want our heroes to share what they know.”

You said, “What really happens when champ quartets go out on the road?”

We’ve got answers for (almost) all of that. This summer, Harmony U at the International Convention in Pittsburgh will offer ONE HUNDRED class sessions. We cover the entire landscape of barbershopping — to just scratch the surface, consider this range of choices:

  • Goodbye Stage Fright! with Paul Ellinger

  • Woodshedding 101 with Tom Gentry

  • Likes, Tweets, and Home Pages with Steve Skolnick

  • Eliminate Vocal Challenges with Ease! with Debra Lynn

  • Chorus Directing is Problem Solving with Jeff Taylor

  • Gold Medal Hour: The Vocal Majority

  • How To Share Barbershop With Music Teachers with Sherry Lewis

  • Diagnosis: Vocal Tension with Steve Scott

  • New Music Reading Session with Adam Scott

  • Overnight Success: Dealer’s Choice with Gary Parker

  • Comedy Hour with Shane Scott

  • AIC War Stories with Fred Farrell

  • Barbershop roots with David Wright

  • Gold Medal Hour: Musical Island Boys

Why a hundred classes instead of a dozen or so?HU Logo

Flexibility: Our students can choose from a variety of days and times to attend. Arriving early? Great – classes start on Tuesday!

Choice: Can’t handle 15 hours of quarter-finals? No problem: duck out for a few classes. Want to do, not watch? This is all about participation: Move, sing, and actively participate.

See the full list of courses and times at

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Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in 2014 Las Vegas, 2015 Pittsburgh, Contests & Judging, Performance, Social Media | Posted on May 14, 2015, 5:36 PM


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Chorus and quartet contests of truly epic proportion are approaching this summer. The Ambassadors of Harmony hope to make it three in a row — but the Westminster Chorus has its own ideas on the matter, as do the returning Alexandria Harmonizers, relative newcomers Central Standard and a field that includes past champs, past medalists, and new rising stars. Four quartet medalists are returning, closely pursued by a Top Ten as tight as you’ll ever hear.

When you get there, you’ll want to be fully prepared, so we’ll give you a chance to hear them before the event with a super gift offer.

Purchase a full convention registration online before June 24, and we’ll give you BOTH the 2014 Quartet AND Chorus contest recordings as FREE DOWNLOADS! This is a $30 value, our way of giving you that final nudge to say, “YES! I’VE GOT TO BE THERE!”

Get full details at

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Posted by Adam Scott | Posted in Song of The Week | Posted on May 14, 2015, 1:48 PM


See also, song of awesomeness and empowerment by Sia. Deke Sharon and David Wright have teamed up once again to bring us a barber-pop arrangement of “Titanium.” And we’re debuting both the Men’s (TTBB) and Women’s (SSAA)versions simultaneously. Both are recorded by master trackster Tim Waurick.

“Titanium” was featured in the movie Pitch Perfect, whose sequel opens this weekend. Sia’s release got a lot of radio time in the US and Europe, and our arrangement is a catchy, driving uptempo chart.

Men’s version

Women’s version

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Sing That Thing, Vocal Revolution!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Chapters, Contests & Judging, In the news, Just for Fun, Media, Performance | Posted on May 13, 2015, 2:21 PM


As a cappella groups continue to fill the airwaves, Boston-based Vocal Revolution Chorus (NED) is adding their sound to the mix! Their first round of the competition airs this week… only the top eight groups advance to the final episodes.

11229701_808586442570679_1664682260571922583_oWGBH is proud to present Sing That Thing!, a new local series showcasing New England’s best amateur singing groups in a friendly competition that celebrates the diversity and joy of song making.Twenty-three groups were selected from a field of more than 50 to perform during the inaugural season of Sing That Thing

The show is airing locally, with full episodes available online. Watch here!

AR-150428556In addition to the show, Vocal Revolution was featured in an article about their experience. Get a sneak peek here!

“Vocal Revolution, a barbershop quartet under the direction of Dan Costello, has 50 members from the Greater Boston area and rehearse in Temple Emunah on Piper Road.

‘For most of us, this is a passion. Each project is an opportunity to showcase our talent and we take advantage of that,’ said Vocal Revolution Assistant Director and lead melody singer Joey Constantine.”



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Get Out and Get Barbershopping!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Chapters, Chorus, Events, Media, Members, Music, Performance, Quartetting | Posted on May 8, 2015, 5:26 PM


The Society calendar is your magic key to hundreds of events across the continent. Click through for details on conventions, shows, schools, workshops.

NOTABLY MISSING from this list: the many send-offs, warm-ups and “On to Fame” shows staged by competing quartets and choruses. These are always premium events with groups rising toward their peaks. Many offshore performers, national champs in their own rights, will be making appearnaces en route to Pittsburgh, such as The Musical Island Boys appearance with the Big Apple Chorus. If you are staging an event, be sure to let everyone know in the Facebook group and on our calendar.

Other events already listed:
Friday, May 8
Central Kansas, KS – Chapter Show
Saturday, May 9
Far Western District (FWD) SE/SW Divisions Convention
Tampa Fl Show At USF
New York, NY – Voices of Gotham
Sunday, May 10
Tampa Show at Paladium in St. Pete
Saturday, May 16
Mid-Atlantic District (MAD) Atlantic Division Convention
Friday, May 29
Great Lakes Harmony Brigade
Friday, June 5
Mid-Atlantic District (MAD) Northern/Western Divisions Convention
Saturday, June 13
Gainesville, Fl Annual Show
Tallahassee FL Chapter Annual Show
Metro Kansas City, MO – Chapter Performance
Wednesday, June 17
2015 New Mexico Youth Harmony Camp
Wednesday, June 24
Greater Cincinnati Harmony Festival
Saturday, June 27
Fremont, NE – Chapter Show

HU Scholarships: Final Deadlines Approaching!

Posted by Amy Rose | Posted in Harmony Foundation, Harmony University, Members, Membership growth, Outreach, Scholarships | Posted on May 7, 2015, 1:54 PM


We have seen a huge response from our HU students, both in registrations and scholarship awards! Take a look at our progress so far AND see if one of the remaining scholarship opportunities will get YOU to Harmony University this year.

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General scholarships with a focus on first time directors and music educators
Harmony Foundation international:  124 full and half scholarships granted
To help quartets get to international (closed)
Larry Ajer Scholarship, awarded to Highland Drive Quartet
To service minded chapter members who have never been to HU (closed)
Earl Moon Scholarship, awarded to Darrell Chappell
To young arrangers who are already promising (closed)
Lou Perry Scholarship awarded to Colin Graham and Melody Hine


Review all of these scholarship applications on the Harmony University page!

General scholarships with a focus on first time directors and music educators 
Provided by Harmony Foundation International (open until July 1)
Scholarship with a focus on barbershop chorus directors
Jim Miller Scholarship (open until June 1)
Scholarship with a focus on barbershop chorus directors
Association of International Seniors Quartet Champions (AISQC) (open until June 1)
Scholarship with a focus on financial need
Bob and Judy Brown Scholarship (open until June 1)
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