It’s nice to hear about all those big choruses who have regular budgets, huge shows, and district titles. But what about those smaller choruses? Those with less than 30 singers? Elizabeth Davies gives us ten maxims for running a smaller chapter.
The Sound of the Rockies packs the house at their chapter shows, bringing in much-needed funds for their operations. But how did they do it? Veteran arranger and SoR team member Adam Reimnitz shows us some trade secrets that brought SoR to where it is now.
Trademarked by the late Chuck Green, the CACM model is one that dozens of chapters over North America have adopted to ensure each chapter rehearsasl is a musical experience not to be missed. Watch veteran teacher Ron Black teach this with characteristic wit and charm.
How to build & strengthen relationships in your community. Learn about what is needed & how to be successful at the chapter & chorus level if you are looking to increase membership, build a community presence, collaborate in performances, or host an a cappella festival.
The best ensembles are constantly seeking new repertoire. What should we program next? How much of our repertoire should be rotated each year? Instructor and brilliant arranger Adam Reimnitz answers these and more.
Another Sound of the Rockies gem, “Ready, Set, Sing” is a community outreach program that achieved tremendous success and sparked an article in the Harmonizer. Watch educator Eddie Martinez explain the ins and outs and do’s and don’ts.
Want to know how SoR got so many new faces (not just to their chapter, but new to barbershop) to sing on the risers? Mark Palmer gives the ins and outs of the new recruiting tool and shows how affordable new marketing is!
Elizabeth Davies, magnetic coach and dynamic performer, leads us through how to use sectionals beyond just note-beating in this class of her own design.
How do we react to the recent changes at the Society headquarters? Jim Clark, who regularly visits Nashville, walks us through chapters with multiple choruses, recent contest rule changes, and how it affects your own chapter.
Brilliant and witty Jim Clark takes us through the most commonly asked question: Why aren’t we growing? Hint: it’s not just one silver bullet to solve it all. Jim takes us through the details and separates us from the sacred cows and the “but we’ve always done it this way” thinking into dynamic growth.
How do coaches choose what to work on? Watch master coach Marty Lovick work with 2017 RMD Quartet champ, Maelstrom and get results by selecting a few themes to work on with the group. You can learn to coach, but you can’t say everything the first night!
Always wanted to jump into the world of coaching but not sure where to start? This is your class! We’ll look at what it takes to be a coach, how to communicate effectively to ensembles, and what you need to know and work on to get there..
Join Kim Newcomb, Cay Outerbridge, and Jim Clark as they demonstrate effective team coaching. Participants will see how the interrelationship of three category perspectives can holistically improve a performance.
Join the fun with three great certified judges as they evaluate barbershop performances. Match your adjudication skills against theirs or develop your budding interest.
Top 10 conductor Ron Black shows us tips and tricks of the trade and how your every gesture matters. A technique class as well as some concepts of role. A must for every conductor.
This directing course is intended for barbershopers who are ready to take the plunge into chorus directing, but have not had the chance to lead their own BHS, HI, or SAI group… yet. This class will prepare you to be more comfortable with Barbershop style directing! Hands-on conducting skills will allow you to more clearly show your intentions in our style. We will provide multiple directing opportunities in a collaborative learning environment.
This class will prepare you to be a better director, from emerging to master level. Review conducting basics while applying another level of musicality and artistry in the gesture. Hands-on conducting skills will allow you to more clearly show your intentions in our style. We will provide multiple directing opportunities in a collaborative learning environment, with real directing and teaching skills to take back to your home chorus.
This class begins with the basics of musical notation, key signatures, and time signatures. Begin construction of major and minor scales by singing them in class. A study of intervals wraps up the class. Learn how the practical application of theory to barbershop can improve your weekly rehearsals.
Ace quartet singer and conductor of men and women’s chapters, Elizabeth Davies takes us through how to get that sometimes elusive concept of forward motion into your songs.
There’s nothing better than good barbershop. But how do we make those overtones lock and ring? Master musician Ron Black takes us through what overtones are and how to make them ever-present.
This class is a introduction to sight reading using tools such as Kodaly hand signs, solfege syllables, and rhythm reading. In this class you will learn to isolate the different elements of sight reading: aural skills, pitch development and rhythm development. After these three elements have been isolated we will combine those skills to create successful sight reading!
Want to appear like a natural on stage? Whether you’re presenting at an event or telling a story between sets during a performance, radio personality Shawn Mondragon offers the tips and tools of the trade to get you to your next level.
This class explores the seldom discussed yet important details that can make or break a performance. We will cover techniques that can be introduced months or even during your performance. Shawn will cover how to deal with vocal problems, entering and exiting the stage, pitch pipe technique, and group and individual focus. Learn how a greater understanding of the little things add up to a great performance on stage.
Singing too loud? Flatting? Needing to sell more seats to your shows? Second generation barbershopper Jim Clark has seen just about every mistake in the book (and has made his fair share). Jim teaches this class with wisdom and aplomb as only he can.
Marty Lovick “The Quartet Whisperer” has coached the best quartets and choruses in the world. We’ll define what a peak performance is and how to find them openly and honestly in your music so they feel organic and honest.
Singer, coach, and educator Eddie Martinez takes us through the details of performance including walking up to the contet stage, stage fright “butterflies” and other elements of the physical realm. The second half of the class gets you out of your own head and into the performance so you can let go and perform naturally on stage.
Can’t shake the stage jitters? Elizabeth Davies takes us to the stage whether it’s a show or a contest and reminds us “no one in the audience wants to see you fail.” An open and honest conversation about how to remain calm, cool, and collected, so you can perform your best.
What’s the difference between the Presentation category and the Performance category? Why the change? What does it all mean? And what are those judges listening for, anywho? Marty Lovick takes us through a discussion of what those guys with green badges are looking for.
In this course, Cay explains everything that goes into planning a great performance including form, lyric, and story arc. By the end of this class, you will have many tools to add impact to your own performances!
What does it mean to be vulnerable and honest on stage? Gold medalist Jim Clark shows the difference between vulnerable and weak, how to not only sing, but perform your best on stage.
We are never too old to sing our best! This course will help anyone who believes that singing at a high level is impossible past a certain age. Re-establishing the importance of the basic fundamentals of good singing will be a high priority in this course, geared towards the challenges of our voice past the age of 60. Vibrato, breath control, pitch issues, and body alignment can make a PROFOUND difference. We can help you as a singer OR leader of senior singers!
*2 hour class.
Adam Reimnitz shows us the finer elements of singing barbershop baritone including balance, higher/lower than the lead, knowing when to sing chest/head voice and more. Part of the second hour to be spent with the other HTBaG sections.
Eddie Martinez takes us through the precision of singing tenor. Elements of vocal technique, falsetto v head voice, and the role of the tenor in the quartet. Part of the second hour to be combined with the other HTBaG sections.
Gold medalist Jim Clark gives trade secrets of what makes a fine lead singer. Knowing when to let chords ring rather than force chords to ring, when to use chest/head voice, and more. Part of the second hour to be combined with the other HTBaG sections.
Top 20 bass Ron Black shows us how to lay the foundation for a quartet/chorus. Concepts include resonance, bright/dark, how much sound is needed and how much is too much, and many more. Part of the second hour to be combined with the other HTBaG sections.
Private Voice Instruction
Why does your group always end a half or whole low…every time? By choosing the “next note” correctly, based on just two rules, your quartet or chorus will cure this very common problem.
Some old, some new, some borrowed, well, you get it. Music candidate Cay takes us through some of his favorites. Come sing a bunch of tags and have a great time.
Correct breathing, resonance, posture, navigating the break, and tone production. There will be multiple opportunities for one-on-one voice experiences, as well as group discussions and group lessons, as well as teacher-led modeling of vocal issues common to performers and directors.
The ancient art of woodsheding (singing by ear with no written arrangement) is often misunderstood. The style of finding new chords is both thrilling and highly enjoyable! Master woodshedder and teacher Paul will guide you along this journey and show you tricks of the trade, first in large groups then in smaller groups. No experience required.