Don’t miss the BTP campout!

Don’t miss the BTP campout!

Five or six years ago, Craig Wildt and I went on a bike ride around Lake Monroe and, as usually is the case, we talked about barbershop and camping – two of our favorite things. Based on our discussions, we knew we had a void in the Cardinal District by ...

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Las Vegas Int’l Results!

Las Vegas Int’l Results!

Exciting things happened at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Convention in Las Vegas!  Congratulations to all the competitors. Top Finishers in the Quartet Contest: 1. Musical Island Boys [NZABS]  89.5% 2. Forefront [CAR] 89.1% 3. Main Street [SUN] 89.1 % 4. A Mighty Wind [DIX] 88.6% 5. Lemon Squeezy [SNOBS] ...

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Tippecanotes 2014 Annual Show

Tippecanotes 2014 Annual Show

Featuring the Tippecanotes Chorus, Sound Sensation, Three Best Friends, and the Tonsil Klackers, and guest quartet Instant Classic. Where:      Bob Rohrman Performing Arts Center Jefferson High School Auditorium, Lafayette, Indiana. When:       Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 Doors open at 7:00 pm. Curtain at 7:30 pm. Tickets:     Adult, $10.00     Student ...

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Cardinal Competitors Go for the Gold!

Cardinal Competitors Go for the Gold!

We are so very proud of our Cardinal District representatives to the International Barbershop Harmony Society Convention in Las Vegas.  A shout out to our quartet competitors, Forefront and Instant Classic, returning to the International stage in the quartet contest, which begins Wednesday, July 2.  Kentucky Vocal Union will represent ...

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Harmony Explosion 2014 is Coming!

Harmony Explosion 2014 is Coming!

Whether you are an experienced barbershop singer or a curious high school student who has chanced upon this article, there is something for you in the pages that follow.  Harmony Explosion (HX) camps provide a multiple day opportunity for young people interested in singing great music, meeting new people, and ...

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Selecting A Quartet Coach

Selecting A Quartet Coach

At some point, in the life of every quartet, the need for a “fifth ear” or coach becomes a necessity.   Other than the desire to improve, it is generally because internal coaching can only go so far, and often not all quartet members take well or appreciate internal coaching.  This, ...

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Selecting Music For Your Quartet

Selecting Music For Your Quartet

So, you have finally found four guys who sound pretty good together, you seem socially compatible and you have matching socks.  Looks like the making of a new quartet!  The next step … what are we going to sing?  No doubt everyone has some excellent ideas but you just got ...

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Make Your Performances Better

Make Your Performances Better

Either as a quartet or a chorus, we are always striving to make our performances better, of a higher quality, and more enjoyable for both the audience and the performers.  There are several ways to do this… the first is to practice as often as you can, but that can ...

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A Harmony Platoon for Your Chapter

A Harmony Platoon for Your Chapter

What is a Harmony Platoon? Platoon is a chapter quartet program that is open to anyone who would like to start quartet singing or just can’t get enough. As a chapter activity it is for the seasoned as well as the novice quartetter. You may be familiar with Harmony Brigade. ...

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Reaching Out to Youth in Practical Ways

Reaching Out to Youth in Practical Ways

What are YOU doing to reach out to young musicians in your area?  Have you had that college guest night in your chapter yet? Made contact with local schools yet? Sent out flyers about your show on college campuses?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, good for ...

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How to Harmonize by Ear – Part 1

How to Harmonize by Ear – Part 1

Anyone who can sing can learn to harmonize by ear (also known as woodshedding).  Learning to harmonize is all about training the ear to hear the implied harmonies to a given melody.  While there is not a specific set of instructions to follow that will guarantee instant success, there are ...

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Tuning Tendencies For Parts of a Chord

Tuning Tendencies For Parts of a Chord

We’ve all stood around tagging out in the lobby or hotel room, and we try to ring every chord! What fun it can be! And, we want to get better at it….so we sing the same tag again and again; hoping it will ring more and more. Sometimes things just ...

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