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Eingängige Titel, die super ankamen - Badische Zeitung

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 8. November 2017 - 22:08

Eingängige Titel, die super ankamen
Badische Zeitung
Als Gäste mit dabei: Die junge Freiburger A-Cappella-Gruppe 5Pac. Chor und Solisten nahmen die Besucher in der vollbesetzten Kollnauer Festhalle mit auf eine musikalische Reise ins All, präsentierten Werke von Schubert bis Coldplay und deckten damit ...

Antonio Lombardi honored in Nashville Business Journal “Employee of the Year” awards

Barbershop Harmony Society (engl.) - 8. November 2017 - 21:44

It’s nice when your co-workers say nice things about you behind your back. It’s even nicer when those nice words turn into citywide recognition.

An anonymous tip from a co-worker led to Manager of Chapter Leadership and Education Antonio Lombardi being honored in the inaugural class of Employee of the Year awards from the Nashville Business Journal. Antonio was recognized in the category of Best Support, alongside professionals in the health care, media, public administration, and financial sectors. 

The adjudication panel particularly praised Antonio’s willingness to step forward to help wherever and whenever needed, regardless of job titles and lines, and were excited to see this level of responsibility and savvy in a worker in his mid-20s.

A Barbershopper since age 15, Antonio joined the Society staff in 2016 after many years in leadership of the Northeastern District, as District Secretary, organizer of youth camps, and as an active quartet singer in youth and open divisions. His main focus in the education department is supporting the Healthy Chapter Initiative with resources, leadership training, and liaison to development activities of the Leadership Operations Project Team, plus ongoing support of Harmony University.

With typical humility, Antonio reflects the praise back onto his co-workers at Harmony Hall and the Society as an organization. Earlier this year, the Society received recognition as a “Best Place To Work” by both The Nashville Business Journal and by The Tennesseean. “It says a lot about the Society that we’re recognized as a great place to work, but it comes down to having a great group of employees.” Being one of the few nonprofits honored reflects the quality of the work we’re doing for the greater good, he says. “If we can continue to be of service not only to our colleagues and members, but to the great community as a whole, we’ll be going in the right direction.”

Antonio is particularly grateful to his barbershop mentors growing up. “I started at age 15, and it hasn’t been just about the music, but about becoming a better person, becoming a more career-focused individual, and I owe a lot of that to people within the organization.”

An awards luncheon hosted by the Nashville Business Journal is planned. We’d bet Antonio recruits some singers before it’s finished.

 

Vocal Health Series, no. 1: Vocal Health Perceptions

Barbershop Harmony Society (engl.) - 8. November 2017 - 21:21

This regular series will examine  facets of vocal health by which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for those who have experienced vocal concerns and provide constructive solutions for singers.

 

First, an understanding

 

Vocal health has been a hot topic recently, thanks to high-visibility performers such as Adele, Sam Smith and Michael Buble and others being forced to cancel shows dues to damage to their voices. Some observers exercise kindness and a measure of understanding when discussing someone else’s voice and health. Others, perhaps even those with good intentions, are less than kind.

Singers are more prone to vocal trauma than other kinds of voice users. That is a simple statement of fact. The sheer quantity of voice use exposes us to greater risk. Barbershop singers and other choral singers are at additional jeopardy as individual singers rarely use personal amplification. If someone experiences an interruption in vocal health, it is our opportunity to be compassionate, rather than judgmental. Healthy dialogue around vocal care is an important part of our experience as singers (and directors and coaches and judges, etc.).

Understand that voices come in all shapes and sizes. Many factors influence phonation (speaking and singing): genetics, upbringing, regional diction, general health, and voice use and type. Phonation is also affected by hormone levels, external and internal stress, and allergens in the environment. Any number of reasons exist for an interruption in someone’s vocal health.

Exercise compassion

Have a care when discussing someone’s singing! Each human voice is unique and, whether consciously perceived, is linked to an individual’s identity. Sometimes our comments about another’s voice can be taken as a value judgement of the person themselves. These types of remarks can do lasting damage. How many been people in choir were admonished to “just stand in back and mouth the words” or asked, “shouldn’t you let (insert singer here) sing this song instead?” How many singers were encouraged not to sing by someone who thought they were being funny (or just cruel)?  How many of you have wished you would have found barbershop at an earlier age, but were perhaps afraid or shy about your  voice?

Vocal health and barbershop

The article cited above does a good job at bringing to light something that was considered taboo: talking about vocal injury. It explains what happens and why singers sometimes are at risk. Think about the hundreds of thousands of microcollisions that the vocal folds experience during a concert, and the cumulative effect on the vocal mechanisms and structures. What the article doesn’t really do is talk about preventative maintenance nor what to do to recover from a vocal injury.

Subsequent articles in the Vocal Health Series will address a variety of topics, including preventative measures and recovery processes and topics related to the lifespan of the singer, including the aging voice and the developing or changing voice.

Barbershop singing doesn’t normally use instruments, so attention to vocal health needs to be correspondingly higher. The BHS recently announced its efforts to contribute to the vocal success of its members by offering voice lessons and coaching. If you would like to have a vocal assessment, contact [email protected].

Happy, healthy singing, my friends!

 

 

A-Cappella-Festival mit Leipziger Stimmzauber - Leipziger Volkszeitung

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 8. November 2017 - 16:49

Leipziger Volkszeitung

A-Cappella-Festival mit Leipziger Stimmzauber
Leipziger Volkszeitung
Doch das Team um den Organisator stemmt das a-cappella-Festival am 24. November allein – auch aus Überzeugung, dass dieses Vorhaben angesichts des starken Line-ups zuschauertechnisch nichts als gelingen kann. Um den großen Gewinn geht's eh ...

A-Cappella-Festival mit Leipziger Stimmzauber - Leipziger Volkszeitung

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 8. November 2017 - 16:49

Leipziger Volkszeitung

A-Cappella-Festival mit Leipziger Stimmzauber
Leipziger Volkszeitung
Doch das Team um den Organisator stemmt das a-cappella-Festival am 24. November allein – auch aus Überzeugung, dass dieses Vorhaben angesichts des starken Line-ups zuschauertechnisch nichts als gelingen kann. Um den großen Gewinn geht's eh ...

zwo3wir: A-cappella-Formation mit neuem Programm auf Tour - Tips - Total Regional

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 8. November 2017 - 13:42

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zwo3wir: A-cappella-Formation mit neuem Programm auf Tour
Tips - Total Regional
Das A-cappella-Quintett nimmt die Besucher unter dem Titel „Königin sein“ mit auf eine Reise in die Welt der Fantasie, wo in der Wüste Rosen wachsen, die Ampel des Lebens immer auf grün steht und Bässe Arien trällern. Wer vokale Popmusik sucht, ist ...

Intro to barbershop: Building a habitat for harmony

Barbershop Harmony Society (engl.) - 7. November 2017 - 18:28

In your first year of barbershopping, you’ve been absorbing a tremendous volume of information. You’ve been learning the musical style, the nuances of performance, the many acronyms, and a few dozen baritone jokes. You may have had a chance to attend a convention, or sing in a major show, or even form a quartet.

Many of the resources of the Barbershop Harmony Society are aimed at supporting you as an individual. The education programs, vocal instruction, merchandise, even online performance videos, all support your desire and ability to learn, grow, and enjoy the actual moment you open your mouth and make music.

Beyond that, though, lies an extensive portfolio of activity in the Society that exists to create the environment in which harmony takes place. These support systems extend from your chapter through the geographic districts and onto the international barbershop harmony movement. Our pooled financial resources drive the work of thousands of talented volunteers and paid headquarters staff to support all facets of your chapter life and barbershop career.

Thriving, busy chapters are the ecosystem of barbershop — the habitat for harmony, if you will, where generations of singers find a continuous experience of friendship, musical satisfaction, and service to the community. If you and your chapter are not tapping these resources, you’re depriving yourself of a deeper, more enriching barbershop experience.

Creating leaders to build healthy chapters

Like every volunteer organization, a chapter runs on the volunteered strength and brains of its members. Rarely can a chapter afford to hire all the brains and labor hours needed to operate. The painful volunteer paradox is that those who are most active as performers, teachers and singers also end up being drafted into administrative roles — the classic problem of asking the busiest people to do still more, at the risk of burnout. Admittedly, more people join for singing than for leading/managing, but a deeper bench of leaders and project team members would almost certainly lead to better, more vibrant chapters.

That said, skills developed while leading a barbershop chapter can prove valuable in careers and life. Many younger Barbershoppers find that the lessons of collaboration, peer leadership and administrative willpower make them better employees, entrepreneurs and professional colleagues. Presenting chapter leadership as career development might encourage more early-career members to take a more active role. Leadership development resources via the Healthy Chapter Initiative help all leaders respond to chapter needs with effective programming and goal-setting.

Support for your chapter from the Healthy Chapter Initiative

Good leaders need a knowledge base to draw on. The Healthy Chapter Initiative organizes many  tools for Chapter Assessment, and a portfolio of Chapter Solutions for weekly programming, recruiting and promoting your chapter. A full-time staffer at Society headquarters can help guide you to further answers and nearby resources.

The Healthy Chapter Initiative also presents the Leadership College instructional track at the annual week-long Harmony University event in Nashville.

Help from barbershop talents in your neighborhood

Volunteer leadership in the Society’s 17 geographic districts forms the backbone of accessible, face-to-face education experiences. These vary in schedule and timing, but are generally 2-3 days long and located centrally to each district.   

District conventions are typically the largest regional gatherings. In addition to chorus and quartet contests, these often include educational activities, seminars, shows and leadership meetings.

Leadership Academies, held in many districts during the Fall and Winter months, teach the marketing, management and leadership aspects of chapter life. Spring and summer bring more music-intensive schools, with the emphasis primarily on coaching for quartets and choruses as well as personal musical development.  These schools often feature faculty consisting of championship caliber directors, coaches and quartets. For current schedules, see the Map of District Schools.

Direct support from district leaders

While much of the work of the Society’s Districts is delivered at their schools and conventions, many districts also provide direct personalized support to their chapters.

Resource people known under various titles of chapter counselors, chapter advocates, and chapter coaches, are available to help chapters find their way.

Standing Ovation evaluators provide direct feedback on chapter show performances and suggestions for improvement. Chorus Director Workshop Intensive events an be arranged by your district to help train your directors in your local area on a Saturday.

Most districts are also deeply involved in staging youth harmony camps that expand awareness of the style and Society to educators and students.

If you don’t know…ASK!

Eager new members have millions of ideas on how to share and extend barbershop. If you have a great idea, and want to find a way to make it happen, talk with your chapter leadership, and your district leadership. Energy, brainpower and “can-do” spirit propel the entire Society.

A-cappella-Band gibt Konzert - Schwäbische

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 7. November 2017 - 17:25

A-cappella-Band gibt Konzert
Schwäbische
A-cappella-Band gibt Konzert. Bad Waldsee/Bergatreute sz Die Bürgerstiftung Bergatreute veranstaltet am Samstag, 11. November, ab 20 Uhr im Pfarrgemeindehaus Bergatreute einen Abend mit der „a capella“-Gesangsgruppe „Mannes Sangesmannen“.

A-Cappella-Gruppe "Allegría" besingt "Hessisch Mädsche" - op-online.de

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 7. November 2017 - 16:47

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A-Cappella-Gruppe "Allegría" besingt "Hessisch Mädsche"
op-online.de
Vom Blödeln bei der Chorprobe zum Hit in den sozialen Netzwerken ist es manchmal nur ein kurzer Weg - das hat nun die hessische A-Cappella-Band "Allegría" erfahren. Der aus einer Laune heraus getextete Song "Hessisch Mädsche" ist als Video zwar ...
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A cappella trifft Comedy - mittelhessen.de

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 7. November 2017 - 16:41

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A cappella trifft Comedy
mittelhessen.de
Die einen ohne Instrumente, der andere ohne Nachname: Die „HörBänd“ und Berhane Berhane treten in Herborn auf. (Fotos: Veranstalter). Herborn Am zweiten Spieltag der Kabarett-Bundesliga treffen am Donnerstag, 9. November, ab 20 Uhr in der ...

Mundart-Hymne "Hessisch Mädsche" wird Facebook-Erfolg - hessenschau.de

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 7. November 2017 - 9:42

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Mundart-Hymne "Hessisch Mädsche" wird Facebook-Erfolg
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Es hat als Blödelei begonnen, jetzt könnte es eine neue Hessen-Hymne werden: Mit ihrem Song "Hessisch Mädsche" bezaubert das Frankfurter A-Cappella-Quartett Allegría zurzeit Nutzer der sozialen Medien. "Mir sinn doch gar net bees" haben die vier ...

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Unduzo im Neubau-Saal: Geräusche einer Elchgeburt - Südwest Presse

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 7. November 2017 - 5:01

Südwest Presse

Unduzo im Neubau-Saal: Geräusche einer Elchgeburt
Südwest Presse
Unduzo (Und du so?) sind eine A-cappella Gruppe wie sie im Buche steht: eigene Lieder, eigene Texte mit Witz, ernstem Anspruch und Niveau. Patrick Heil (Tenor, Bariton und Songwriter), Julian Knörzer (Beatboxing, Bariton und Arrangeur), Richard ...

BHS Moving Towards Direct Deposit of Chapter and District Dues Payments

Barbershop Harmony Society (engl.) - 7. November 2017 - 0:27

The Barbershop Harmony Society has been working towards a new system of payment for chapter and district dues.  Some of you may be familiar with these efforts that we started over a year ago described as the ACH Transition Project.  As you may know, the current traditional system we use consists of mailing dues checks quarterly. Then, the recipient has to take it upon themselves to deposit the check, assuming the check made it safely. Or, when checks are lost or sent to past Treasurers, BHS reissues the check and the process starts over.

With our new process, not only will we almost completely eliminate the risk of losing the payment, but also it provides direct deposit into the chapter or district’s bank account, taking any burden of depositing off the recipient.

We are hoping to switch entirely to processing payments via ACH (Automated Clearing House). For those not familiar with ACH, it is a network that processes electronic financial transactions. Specifically, the Barbershop Harmony Society would use it for direct deposit of your chapter/district dues payments.  The processing currently applies to just U.S. chapters/districts but we hope to identify a solution for our Canadian chapters to provide options since we currently do not collect Canadian chapter dues.

Not only will you be helping your chapter and district by receiving your payments faster and reducing the risk of lost checks, you will be helping streamline payment processes for the Society as a whole.

By providing your bank account the information, the Barbershop Harmony Society will only have the ability to deposit payments into your bank account. We will not see any of your chapter’s transactions, balances or related financial information.

Chapters/Districts Who Have Already Provided Information

There are a number of chapters and districts who have already provided us the necessary information to move forward with testing this new system. The president, secretary, and treasurer of those entities should have received an email summarizing next steps. If you didn’t receive that email, please contact us at [email protected]

Add Your Chapter or District to the Program

If your chapter or district has not provided the necessary information, treasurers, please submit through this secure form by CLICKING HERE. If you’re uncomfortable providing this information electronically, you may call Finance Department at 615.673.4119 to provide the information over the phone.

The information that is needed to facilitate the ACH deposits is:

  • Bank Name
  • Bank Routing Number
  • Bank Account Number
  • Bank Account Type (i.e. Checking or Savings)

Please submit the information through the secure form above. Do NOT email the above information.

FAQ’s:

For a list of FAQ’s about the BHS Chapter & District Direct Deposit program, please CLICK HERE.

For questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

Lachen für den guten Zweck - Schwäbische Post

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 6. November 2017 - 21:20

Schwäbische Post

Lachen für den guten Zweck
Schwäbische Post
Mit einem abwechslungsreichen Programm zogen die fünf A-cappella-Künstler von „Basta“ das Publikum in der Cafeteria des Berufsschulzentrums Aalen in Bann. Die Einnahmen des Abends kommen drei sozialen Projekten zugute. Foto: Peter Hageneder.

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Welthits a cappella in Gusenburg - volksfreund.de - Trierischer Volksfreund

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 6. November 2017 - 21:14

Trierischer Volksfreund

Welthits a cappella in Gusenburg - volksfreund.de
Trierischer Volksfreund
Der Gemischte Chor Gusenburg und der Chor Fatal aus Morbach haben in einem Gemeinschaftskonzert die größten Werke aus Pop und Swing präsentiert.

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Welthits a cappella - Trierischer Volksfreund

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 6. November 2017 - 21:14

Trierischer Volksfreund

Welthits a cappella
Trierischer Volksfreund
Welthits a cappella. Der Gemischte Chor aus Gusenburg während seines Auftritts beim Gemeinschaftskonzert. TV-FOTO: HANS MUTH Foto: Hans Muth (hm) ("TV-Upload Muth". (Gusenburg) Der Gemischte Chor Gusenburg und der Chor Fatal aus Morbach ...

Welthits a cappella - Trierischer Volksfreund

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 6. November 2017 - 20:57

Trierischer Volksfreund

Welthits a cappella
Trierischer Volksfreund
Welthits a cappella. Der Gemischte Chor aus Gusenburg während seines Auftritts beim Gemeinschaftskonzert. TV-FOTO: HANS MUTH Foto: Hans Muth (hm) ("TV-Upload Muth". (Gusenburg) Der Gemischte Chor Gusenburg und der Chor Fatal aus Morbach ...

a-cappella in Steyr: Zwo3wir besingen das Königin sein - Tips - Total Regional

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 6. November 2017 - 10:47

Tips - Total Regional

a-cappella in Steyr: Zwo3wir besingen das Königin sein
Tips - Total Regional
Das zweite Programm der Mostviertler A-cappella-Truppe trägt den Titel „Königin sein“. Zwo3wir nimmt seine Zuhörer mit auf eine vokalmusikalische Reise in die Welt der Fantasie: dorthin, wo in der Wüste Rosen wachsen, die Ampeln des Lebens immer auf ...

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Unduzo: Knackig, kernig, kultiviert - Südwest Presse

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 4. November 2017 - 3:10

Südwest Presse

Unduzo: Knackig, kernig, kultiviert
Südwest Presse
Mit A-cappella-Gesang kann man keinen Blumentopf gewinnen? Aber Preise! Davon hat Unduzu etliche – auch den Publikumspreis des A-cappella-Award in Ulm 2016. Die fünf Jackettträger mit starken Stimmen haben das Wiedersehen und -hören jetzt zu ...

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Mainzer Bachchor mit A-cappella-Gesang und Harfenklang zum ... - Allgemeine Zeitung

Google a-cappella-News (dt.) - 4. November 2017 - 0:05

Mainzer Bachchor mit A-cappella-Gesang und Harfenklang zum ...
Allgemeine Zeitung
Unter diesem Titel präsentierten der Bachchor und sein Leiter Ralf Otto nämlich ein stilistisch weit gespanntes und überwiegend a cappella gesungenes Programm, das den Blick keineswegs auf die protestantische Kirchenmusik beschränkte.

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