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PVIs (Private Voice Instruction)

By Appointment

Organized by Dave Calland and Natalie Berdahl

Instructors also include Ted Rose, Keith Harker, and others

We have AMAZING vocal talents in our districts!  Sign up and spend an hour with one of them in a one-on-one (or one-on-few) to get some hands-on guidance in your preferred area. Contact Ted Rose at harmonyjunkie001@gmail.com to sign up for a PVI.


Tags and Polecats

On-going All Weekend

Pick up one of the provided tag books and/or polecat books and get singing with some of your new friends!


Fireside Chat with BHS President John Donehower

Saturday 2:00 pm - Room #302 (DCC)


Using Theater Games to Improve Performance

Friday 3:00 pm - Harding Room (Radisson)

with Carl G. Trammel

A lot of the process of performing in front of people puts us in a space of discomfort because we don’t practice the skills of improvisation, thinking on our feet, being vulnerable, and taking risks.  Fortunately, some of us, like Carl, have a strong background in theater.  One way that this school of thought approaches practicing these skills is by turning them into fun group games.  Carl will show us several of the tried and true methods he has encountered over the years!

Theme Song / EIH chorus

Friday 4:00 pm - Harding Room (Radisson)

Saturday 8:30 am - Theater (DCC)

with J Dougherty     

Download Learning Tracks & Sheet Music

Learn and Sing “By the Old Ohio Shore” as arranged by Jay Dougherty!  This song will be sung by the mic testers for the Saturday morning Chorus Contest.

Warm-Up Practicum for Ensemble Building, Rehearsal Planning, and Personal Development

Saturday 9:00 am - Harding Room (Radisson)

with Ted Rose

The voice is a series of muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone throughout your body – as well as your mental, intellectual, and emotional state.  Ted takes this understanding and applies it to strengthening your toolkit of warm-ups by grouping them in ways that make it easy to apply to the areas you want to improve.  Whether that’s artistry, dynamics, endurance, volume, range, muscle memory, common patterns, agility, or any other thing – you’ll learn how to conceive of the fundamental core of purposes of various technique builders.

Music Reading Session

Saturday 2:00 - 3:15 pm- Harding Room (Radisson)

with Matt Hopper

Back by popular demand!  Matt will run us through 4 tunes, a classic barbershop up-tune, a classic barbershop ballad, a fun mixed ensemble piece, and a more modern – barbershop umbrella – piece.  Always a great way to get your ears on some new music for your chorus or quartet!

How To Use the Standing Ovation Program To Create A Great Show

Saturday 3:00 pm - Room #304 (DCC)

with Steve Waggoner

In the past, you could request a Standing Ovation Evaluation to send one of our trained evaluators to your show so they could provide you feedback on how to improve the package for future years.  That’s still happening, but we’re taking a more proactive approach this year.  Steve will go through the evaluation forms and put things in the light of “OK, so you're having a show, here’s how to use the form as a guideline to ensure your entire audience fully enjoys what you do!”

Healthy Habits for Vocal Longevity

Saturday 6:00 pm - Room #304 (DCC)

with Keith Harker

A person who takes care of their instrument can use it well into their 90s quite effectively.  How do we take care of our instrument so it will be the strongest, most agile, and most beautiful sounding instrument at any age?  How do we navigate the changes in tone and sensation as we age?  Of the “magic cures” out there, which ones work, which are pointless, and which ones actually cause problems?  Keith talks about all this and more!

Preserving Our History
A Recorded Q&A with Barbershop Veterans

Saturday 7:00 pm- Room #304 (DCC)

Spend an hour listening to great stories from some of our most experienced members.  Ask them questions, learn a bit about where we’ve come from, and enjoy some great memories!  We will be recording this for posterity.