Barbershop's Grand Return
Jun 27, 2022The International Stage has remained quiet since 2019. But, little by little, signs of life appeared. Rehearsals moved from Zoom to outside. Vaccines and boosters. Outside to inside. Mask mandates dropping. Shows returning. Local conventions. District contests. But now – NOW – Barbershop is back as the curtain is about to rise at the BHS International Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Golden Midwinter for One Foot in the Stave
Jan 18, 2022Rod Butcher, Brian Schofield, Pete Nugent; and Andy Funnell made history at the 2022 Midwinter Convention Pasadena as One Foot in the Stave took home gold in the International Seniors Quartet Contest. One Foot in the Stave was in California as representatives of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS), making them the first senior quartet champions from outside of North America.
A Festival for the Young and Young at Heart
Jan 15, 2022BHS Director of Relationships Manager, Joe Cerutti, emceed the Chorus & Quartet Festival at Midwinter today. The event may have been scaled down in size, but not in spirit, as there was singing on and off the stage, full of excitement for the return of live singing.
An Inside Look at the Chorus & Quartet Festival with First Class
Jan 14, 2022The 2022 Midwinter Convention got fully underway yesterday with an afternoon full of classes and emotional first concert featuring the return of the barbershop convention and beautiful voices on stage and off. Kicking off today at Noon Pacific is the Midwinter Chorus and Quartet Festival and we caught up with one of the performing quartets, First Class. Tell us more about First Class. Who are you? How did you get started? First and foremost, we are a quartet comprised of barbershop diehards. We have all been enjoying this hobby for a very long time as quartet singers, chorus members, and as musical leaders. Wendy, Stacy, and Kristin sing in Vocal Standard Chorus. We are all section leaders and Stacy is the assistant director. Maria directs Song of the Lakes chorus in Region 2 and is a BHS board member. Kristin also sings in Take 4 quartet. So, we all pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe barbershop. The quartet formed in January of 2020 right before the pandemic and Maria joined our quartet family in September of 2020. We represent both Sweet Adelines (Regions 2 & 5) and BHS (Central States District). We were all looking for a new musical adventure and everything just clicked. With the top trio living in Kansas City and Maria living in Michigan, we are a long-distance quartet but the fun we have together makes it worthwhile. What made you sign up for the festival this year? We love BHS conventions! Also, the prospect of singing for real live people was very appealing. We love the idea of participating in a festival and value the opportunity to gain feedback to help us improve as an ensemble. How has your preparation been? Any tips on COVID creativity? Being a long-distance quartet that formed during a pandemic has absolutely forced us to get creative. We have rehearsed on Jamulus, had quartet masked rehearsals (we even recorded our holiday music video masked), had trio rehearsals in KC with Maria zooming in. I think our main tip for COVID creativity is to say that a lot of things can be accomplished virtually: business/planning meetings, talking interp, Jamulus rehearsals etc. If your quartet is not comfortable meeting in person there are still ways to make progress. What are you most looking forward to in Pasadena? We are honestly most looking forward to the joy of the live barbershop experience. We can’t wait to hear some of our favorite barbershop ensembles and to be able to share our musical product with others. This will be our second time performing for a live audience. We’re looking at Midwinter as a great opportunity to bond as a quartet, see old friends, meet new ones, support all of the performers and of course…sing. For live people. Did we mention we’re excited about that?! What else do you have planned for 2022
Manoj Padki Welcomes You to the Tag Zone
Jan 11, 2022So what do you do if you want to sing at a barbershop convention but your group's not on stage?
A Past, Present, and Future Celebration in Pasadena
Jan 6, 2022The end of the pandemic isn’t quite upon us, but it’s time to start dipping our toes back into live barbershop! With several successful District events in the fall and thorough safety protocols in place, the Barbershop Harmony Society will convene in Pasadena for its first major convention since January of 2020. This year’s Midwinter Convention will take place January 13-16, 2022 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The even will include nightly shows, the International Senior Quartet Contest, Harmony University classes, and the Chorus and Quartet Festival. While things may look and feel a little bit different this year, the excitement level is higher than ever.
Mariah Carey Flaunts Her Pipes With A Cappella On New Album 'The Rarities'
Aug 26, 2020Believe it or not, Mariah Carey is now 50 years old with more than three decades into the music industry, having first signed with Columbia Records in the late 1980s.
Important Resources For Barbershop Singers During COVID-19
Jul 13, 2020With the cancellation of the 2020 Barbershop Harmony Society Convention, the a cappella community knows as well as anybody that these months have been trying. COVID-19 has changed the athletic and artistic worlds across the globe, with everyone — from major program directors to individual singers — needing to adapt.
The Dapper Dans Bring Some Haunted Magic With #VoicesFromHome
Jun 4, 2020With Disney World currently in discussion with two major sports leagues about hosting their competitions — Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Basketball Association (NBC) — we thought this would be a great time to talk about some of the other magic that Disney brings.
We Stand With You
Jun 3, 2020The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.
5 Great Moments From The 2019 Barbershop Harmony International Convention
Apr 29, 2020Unfortunately for a capella fans everywhere, the 2020 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention, which had been scheduled to take place in Los Angeles this summer, was canceled due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
2020 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention Has Been Canceled
Mar 25, 20202020 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention has been canceled. See Barbershop Harmony Society's message here.
Back to Basics: The Importance of Traditional Choral Singing
Mar 2, 2020Contemporary singing ensembles are rapidly gaining popularity in scholastic music programs. It seems that every school now has a pop or a cappella program alongside their traditional ensembles. Is the classical sound getting lost in the mix?
2020 #BHSJAX Recap
Jan 14, 2020After an exciting convention, new champions were named and BHS looks ahead to the International Convention in LA this July.
Hearsay Named Senior Quartet Champions
Jan 11, 2020After an exciting day of contest, the Barbershop Harmony Society named Hearsay the 2020 International Senior Quartet Champions.