Common attributes of successful chapters

Posted by Lorin May | Posted in Harmonizer, Leadership, Membership growth, Run your chapter, Uncategorized | Posted on June 14, 2010, 5:44 AM



Here’s the chance to add/subtract or discuss the list on page 13 of the May/June 2010 issue of The Harmonizer. Apologies if you came to this site earlier and didn’t find this post as mentioned in the magazine. I just came back from vacation to find that the printer had managed to mail the issue nearly a week earlier than scheduled — I thought I was going to have a few more days to put this post online!

If you don’t agree with this list, take it up with me — I take full responsibility for it ….

… unless you do like the list, in which case I emphasize that while the words are mine, the concepts didn’t exactly spontaneously pop into my head. Here in Nashville, especially in the last 18 months, we’ve been talking about issues like these A LOT. I’m sure if I checked back into my meeting notes, I’d see some version of most of the below concepts. But I generated this based on little more than a personal brainstorming session and sent it around the office for feedback.

Hate it: MY FAULT. Like it: THANK THE STAFF. Clear?

So how does this list jibe with your experience? Some successful chapters prominently feature traits not listed below, but the idea is to identify traits that pretty much ALWAYS seem to be present in growing, thriving chapters.

Would you add anything? Remove something? Modify something? Your feedback is appreciated!

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Social Media and Social Networking; How These Tools Can Help Your Chapter

Posted by Danielle Cole | Posted in Chapters, Membership growth, Run your chapter | Posted on April 1, 2010, 11:09 AM


Guest nights. Handing out flyers. Performing for the local community. All good ways to promote your chapter and barbershop in hopes of garnering interest and possibly gaining a few new members.

Well – is it working? What do you have to show for it? Hopefully these methods are successful as they require a good amount of effort, but maybe you’re hoping for a bit more; more gigs, more people at guest nights, more phone calls asking your chorus to sing at an event, and ultimately, more registered Barbershoppers.

Bob Fichter (from the Midwest Vocal Express), with the help of Montana Jack, has written an article titled, “Social Media for Barbershop Quartets and Choruses” – it explains how to reach more people and target the younger generations. For those who are intimidated by the Internet – have no fear! Bob gives step-by-step instructions – fool proof!

If you’ve used Facebook for the purpose of recruiting new members, advertising a show/meeting, or anything barbershop-related, tell us about your experience. What works best and what doesn’t – let’s hear it!

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Success in using social networking tools

Posted by Lorin May | Posted in Chapters, Media, Membership growth, Quartetting, Run your chapter, Uncategorized | Posted on October 28, 2009, 8:44 AM


social_networkingIn an upcoming issue of the magazine, we’re going to be running an article on how some chapters and quartets are using Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, etc. to get new fans, new members, new audiences and build new relationships. I know of a few examples of barbershoppers who are using Facebook to sell more tickets and locate potential members. I would sure like to know some more.

  • Do you know any success stories? (Yours or another group?)
  • Do you you have any expertise on how to use social networking effectively in a barbershop or other singing environment?
  • Do you have any questions that you want answered in an article like this?

Please share what you know or what you want to know right here!

(Note: Feel free to provide links in your response (if you know they’re clean), but know that comments that contain multiple links will usually go into moderation before they can be posted. If you comment doesn’t show up immediately, that’s probably why.)

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How big are we? And how big should we be?

Posted by Charlie Davenport | Posted in Leadership, Membership growth, Uncategorized | Posted on April 16, 2009, 10:32 AM


A Tennessee record was set recently – 27,959 people attended a World Cup Soccer FIFA qualifier¬†match between the USA and Trinidad & Tobago at LP Field (Titans stadium) ¬†in Nashville. Read the rest of this entry »

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