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Harmony College Updates - 2017

Harmony College NW, June 16 - 18, 2017 - University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

HARMONY COLLEGE UPDATES:

Check out the fun testimonials and pitches for HCNW on the HCNW FaceBook page.  You will see some of your barbershop friends giving heartfelt statements of what Harmony College has meant to them. As a bonus, you’ll get to see some shameless hucksterism, which will certainly be worth a bump when you see them at Harmony College this year.

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Now Available: Division II Contest Scoring

The scores from Division II contests are now available at: http://www.evgadmin.org/conventions/main.php?Code=2017Div2

You can also see prior 2017 contest scoring at: http://www.evgadmin.org/conventions/

 

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Magical Moments: What a Wonderful World

On Friday, April 21st, I joined Dick Swanson, who sang bass, Dan Tangarone on tenor, and Bob Schmidt, who sang baritone, to sing for Jim Owens' memorial. Jim was a very good friend of Dick Swanson's, and many of us Barbershop singers will remember him as well.

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Magical Moments in Barbershop

Magical things happen when music is involved!

One of the tenors from my chapter was hospitalized in serious condition. We went to sing to him, not knowing if they would let us into the ICU. When we opened the ICU area doors we were stopped and told we couldn’t come in, but when we explained that we were there to sing they cheerfully invited us in. We really surprised our friend, sang two songs (with the hospital staff applauding), then started to leave. But a nurse for a different patient came to ask if we would sing to her charge, a young man in his late 20s who was obviously in pain, so we sang Irish Blessing and soon he was sobbing. As we said goodbye, through tears he said “Thanks, that was just what I needed.”
 

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Award for inspirational teaching bestowed on Rich Lapp

Congratulations to Rich Lapp, director of the Boise Chordsmen Chorus, for being one of the recipients of the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching, which recognizes K-12 teachers in Idaho and beyond who make a major difference in the lives of their students through their passion and caring. Rich teaches in the Timberline High School, Boise School District, where he is a 10th-12th grade choir teacher.

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Randy Peters presented with the 2015 Dr. Paul E. Tamblyn Music Educator Award

Randy Peters, Chorus Director of Western Hospitality Singers (Calgary Foothills Chapter), was honoured and presented with the Dr. Paul E. Tamblyn Music Educator Award for 2015. James Thexton, Treasurer of Sing Canada Harmony, presented this prestigious award to Randy on December 7, 2015 on behalf of Sing Canada Harmony and all barbershop chapters in Canada. This recognizes Randy for his long-standing excellence in advancing and encouraging music educators in Barbershop Harmony and a cappella singing.

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Who will be the next Barbershopper of the Year?!?

Rich Lapp, shown above, is the 2014 Evergreen Barbershopper of the Year! That means the search is now on for our 2015 Evergreen District winner!

If you have a nominee for our next Barbershopper Of The Year (BOTY), please forward it to Bobby Huber, who will present the suggestion to the Committee. The nomination must be in the form of a resume, and should show the nominee is an active member with at least five years of service in the Evergreen District, and has accomplishments above and beyond just being a nice guy. In other words, this man has provided a beneficial service to his Chapter, his Division and the District as well.

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New from the Barbershop Society

As Grammy Award-winning juggernaut Pentatonix continues blazing new trails in the contemporary a cappella scene, they stop for a moment to admit what may surprise many. Even while PTX has redefined "cool" for a cappella enthusiasts, these confessed choir nerds continue embracing their roots, implore everyone to SING, and roughly once a year take a little time to watch the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Quartet Finals.

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Educate Yourself

Who doesn’t love music? Certainly there are some of us, but for the most part music is a big part of our lives. Whether it’s the music that we listen to on the way to work, while we workout, or the music we hear in a symphony or film, it can bring up our moods, tell us a story or even bring us down. Music has touched cultures all over the world since very early times in human history. Have you ever wondered how music might affect our health?

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