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Debbie Cleveland receives special recognition from National Association for Music Education and Barbershop Harmony Society

In recognition of her excellence in teaching, performance and lifelong impact on young singers, Debbie Cleveland of Gaither High School in Tampa has been named the 2018 recipient of the Barbershop Harmony Society/ NAfME Music Educator Award. The award was presented January 19, 2018 during  the International Youth Barbershop Chorus Festival, held at the Midwinter Convention of the Barbershop Harmo...
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Ragtime Gals welcome guests to Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon at Universal Studios

Starting in April, the beloved Dapper Dans of Walt Disney World won't be the only barbershop quartet appearing regularly in an Orlando theme park. Universal Studios is currently previewing a new attraction, Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon. The pre-show entertainment includes live performances by a quartet inspired The Ragtime Gals on NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. As on TV, the...
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The Idea of “Talent” Is Toxic to Childhood Development | Time.com

Time.com's IDEAS section highlights a truth that will bring a sad nod of recognition to most Barbershoppers: Research shows that many adults who think of themselves as “unmusical” were told as children that they couldn’t or shouldn’t sing by teachers and family members.... Children are natural musicians, as they readily sing, dance and play music from the time they are infants. People ask me all...
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House of Delegates Bulletin – Spring 2017

Our Society grows when chapters grow, so we are investing today for your success. Our growth investments in programs, volunteer leadership, personnel and strategic planning over the past year have been unprecedented. We have added dedicated resources to support the life of our chapters through the Healthy Chapter Initiative. We’ve completed a sweeping effort to understand our past and presen...
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What Killed the Jingle? – The Atlantic

An interesting reference to barbershop appears this week in The Atlantic:  "Though there is some debate, credit for the first commercial jingle usually goes to a Wheaties spot in 1926. The company that made Wheaties, the Minnesota-based Washburn Crosby (the predecessor of General Mills), tried to resurrect the flagging cereal on the radio with a song from a local barbershop quartet. It went like ...
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Forefront captures quartet championship

NASHVILLE -- FOREFRONT, a barbershop quartet hailing from Terre Haute, Columbus, Champaign and Louisville, bested 58 quartets from around the world to win the championship on July 11 at Bridgestone Arena.  The quartet’s win comes after seven trips to the championship level, placing second for the past two years. The moment was particularly sweet as the medals were placed around their necks by r...
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Ambassadors win chorus championship

NASHVILLE - The 133 men of the Ambassadors of Harmony captured their fourth gold medals in Friday’s International Chorus Contest presented by the Barbershop Harmony Society. Singing “Something Good” from “The Sound Of Music” and The Carpenters hit “Top of the World,” the chorus emerged at the top of a field of 29 choruses from the United States, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia. Choru...
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