Harmony Inc

Sing With The Goats

Women of Note enjoyed a unique holiday experience this year.

The Southwick Zoo in Massachusettes has a beautiful event called Winter Wonderland, where they cover the zoo in lights and have a special holiday train ride through their open deer park. This year, the zoo asked the Women of Note to send a small group out to sing seasonal songs to their guests as they rode the train and enjoyed the various exhibits.

It was a beautiful, chilly Saturday evening when eight of our members, dressed up in sparkly scarves, and carrying pitch pipes, wandered around the zoo for two hours singing in various tableaux. We sang to the guests standing in line to meet Santa, and even had a few patrons join in! There was “Sing with the Goats”! The animals seemed to love it, when they weren’t trying to eat our sparkly scarves!

Singing Carol of the Bells while standing above the Holiday Maze was a highlight, as was singing on the train ride. It was a lovely evening of music and magic that ended with a great dinner at the Zoo’s delicious restaurant. Women of Note hope to enjoy this holiday tradition for many more years!

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Twenty-Two Stores!

Twenty-two stores! Hundreds of clapping hands and smiles! Sugartones sprinkled the joy of the season throughout the community of Alliston. Our name precedes us! Our legion of fans continues to grow! And they said we sounded pretty good, too!

Sugartones, the Alliston Ontario chapter of Harmony, Inc., had a busy 2019 Christmas season. We started with a recording by our local TV station of Christmas favourites along with our own MC-ed introductions and seasonal jokes. We sang to the excited families in advance of the Beeton and Tottenham Santa Claus parades, entertained shoppers during the downtown Alliston Christmas Crawl, shared our joy of the holiday season through song at a community Christmas party, and shared some joyful sounds with the staff and visitors at a local Hospice. The season was capped by our always fun annual Family and Friends Christmas party.
Seven performances in 4 weeks. We are truly radiant with our love of barbershop!

Sending best wishes to our Harmony, Inc. community for a harmonious and blessed 2020.

Submitted by Tracie Kennedy

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Seabelles 50th Anniversary

Sea Belles of Harmony topped their 50th anniversary year with an end-of-season performance on stage at the Imperial Theatre, Saint John, New Brunswick, with dynamic duo, Tomato Tomato. Performing on this Christmas show for the third year, Sea Belles wowed the sold out audience with their performance of Mary Did You Know?

Submitted by Ann Connolly
PR chair for Seabelles

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Seeking Today’s Harmony Leaders

It’s time to select the leaders who will lead Harmony, Inc. into the vision articulated by President Donna McKay at IC&C 2019 — more members, more chapters, more education, more communication, greater accomplishments and a larger footprint across North America. Harmony. Stronger. 

To do that, we need nominations to the International Board of Directors. This is a reminder to all Chapter Presidents and Associate Members that Nomination Forms for 2020 International Board elections are due January 15. We are seeking nominations for the Areas 1, 3 and 5 Area Directors as well as nominees for members at large on the International Board of Directors.  The election will take place in early 2020. Sound familiar? If not then please go to https://www.harmonyinc.org/2019/12/04/5062/ on the Harmony, Inc. website. Everything you need to know is detailed in that post.

Request for Chapter Presidents

All Chapter Presidents, please take a look at your chapter membership and encourage those that are seen as potential International Board Members to consider sharing their time and talents.  Chapters are each limited to nominating two members.  

Request for Chapter Members and Associates

Chapter Member, is that person YOU, or Associate Members…is that problem solver/dreamer/planner YOU?  If so, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to be more involved in Harmony, Inc. In either case just get a chapter or an associate member to compete the online Nomination Form and then follow that with your Application Form submission.  As an Associate Member you could play a unique role on the International Board…representing the many Associate Members of Harmony, Inc. as decisions are made. We need to hear the voices of our Associate Members as well – might you be that voice? If not you, then WHO from your Area has shown interest in developing policies and practices that might be useful to Harmony, Inc.  Who are your problem solvers? Your dreamers? Your planners? Harmony, Inc. needs those people to help us to move forward.  

Nomination Form (HAR-034 1) and Application Form (HAR-034 2) must be completed online by the January 15 deadline. Both forms may be found on the Harmony Inc. website under Forms/Documents in the Members’ Only section. It is easier than ever this year because both forms are an online submission.  Once the forms are filled out, they will be digitally submitted to the Nominating Committee Chair and Corporate Office.  

Please be sure that all members of your chorus receive this information. Send it by e-mail, add to your Chapter bulletin and announce this at your chapter meetings. Areas, forward it to your Associate Members. Encourage anyone who may be interested in becoming part of the administrative team that will move our organization into the future. 

Harmony, Inc. needs qualified, experienced individuals. Allow your name to stand, get to know Harmony, Inc. and let Harmony, Inc. get to know you! Become part of the future of Harmony, Inc. – how exciting is THAT?

In case you didn’t catch it the first three times it was mentioned above — the deadline for submission of nominations is no later than January 15, 2020!

Submitted by Marie Ross
Nominating Committee Chair
[email protected]

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In our Harmony Creed, we state that harmony lives in our “hearts, as well as voices.” Through barbershop harmony, we share our love of music, singing, and each other – living in harmony. It’s a great message to share with the world and we have that opportunity during Harmony Awareness Week!

During Harmony Awareness Week (February 9-15), share the love and joy of singing barbershop harmony!

If you’re part of a quartet or chorus, it’s a perfect time to get out in the community
– Host an open rehearsal/guest night and ask your local media (newspapers, radio stations, local TV) to promote your event.
– Plan a joint rehearsal/meetup with other quartets, choruses and vocal groups in your area – sing tags, invite guests, the more the merrier!
– Contact your community houses of worship to inquire about performing on their program as a way to encourage harmony in your community and the world.
– Ask your local municipality to recognize “Harmony Awareness Week” via proclamation.
– Send quartets or small ensembles to deliver complimentary Singing Valentines to nursing homes, rehab centers, shut-ins, etc.
– Perform a “pop-up” concert or flash mob like this:


– Kick up your Singing Valentines with “video Valentines” to deployed service members, separated couples, etc.
– Share your love of all things harmony on social media
– Hold a contest on social media for a free Singing Valentine
– Post your favorite Harmony, Inc. moment on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or send it to us via email and we’ll share it on social
– Have members share their favorite harmony message on your chorus, quartet and personal social networks
– Tag everything with #HarmonyAwarenessWeek and fill up your feed with all things barbershop!

Show your love of harmony loud and proud!
– Wear your 60th Anniversary #harmonystronger, quartet, chorus or barbershop apparel
– Share your favorite quartet or chorus performance from our YouTube channel
– Don’t forget younger singers! Offer to teach a tag (or two) to a school choral class, youth group meeting or community college singing/music appreciation class.

Harmony members can log into our Public Relations tools site for press releases, brochure templates, flyers and more!

If you want to share our love of harmony, you can sing with us! Check out our website for the location of a chorus near you. If there’s not a chorus nearby, no problem – we can guide you how to start a chorus to help you find your voice and join our song!

Submitted by By Anita Prather Harvell
Social Media Coordinator
[email protected]

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Directors First Scholarship Nominations

Who will your chapter send to Harmony University in 2020? Applications/nominations are due to [email protected] by January 31, 2020. So, don’t delay!

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Membership Renewals, Area Dues, And YOU!

On February 15, 2020, documents and information will be distributed to all Chapter Presidents, Chapter Secretaries, Associate Members, Affiliate Members and Life Members. It is imperative all members use the most current forms (2020), as International dues will increase this year. Current forms will be available in the Members Only section of the website beginning February 15. All members, regardless of the date they initially became members, will be required to renew by April 1. This includes new Chapter, Associate, and Affiliate members who joined between October 2019 and March 2020.

Your renewal documents will be specific to your chapter. Please follow the instructions provided in your renewal notice.
– Area dues must be submitted along with International dues for all renewing members.
– If your chapter has a male director, you must renew his Affiliate membership and pay his Area dues.

– Your renewal documents will be specific to your Area and will include the correct Area dues amount. Please follow the instructions provided in your renewal notice.

Please call the corporate office or send an email with any questions. I am happy to help with this process!

Submitted by Kelly Peterson
Executive Assistant Administration
[email protected]

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Agenda Item Submissions – Mid-Year Meeting 2020

Prior to International Board Meetings, members and chapters are given an opportunity to submit items for consideration at the next IBOD Meeting. The official form for submitting agenda items for the 2020 International Board of Directors Mid-Year Meeting is available in the members only section of the Harmony, Inc. website. Form HAR-009 is available in an easy-to-complete online form in the Members Only section of the website.

Please be sure to complete the entire form and submit it by the May 20, 2020 deadline for Mid-Year Meeting. If you have any questions about the agenda item form, please contact the corporate office at [email protected] or call toll free 855-750-3341.

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New Year, New Deadlines

With the new year comes a spate of new deadlines for membership and quartet renewals and registration, Area contest entries, and agenda items for the International Board of Directors to consider at the midyear meeting in May. Update your calendars with the info below:

Area Contest Entry Forms & Deadlines

Area 6 AC&C
April 17-19, 2020
Jacksonville, FL
Contest Entry Deadline February 17, 2020
Late Entry Cut-off Date March 18, 2020

Area 2 AC&C
April 23- April 26, 2020
Framingham, MA
Contest Entry Deadline February 24, 2020
Late Entry Cut-off Date March 25, 2020

Area 3 AC&C
May 1 – May 3, 2020
Liverpool, NY
Contest Entry Deadline March 2, 2020
Late Entry Cut-off Date April 1, 2020

Area 5 AC&C
May 22 – May 24, 2020
Toronto, Ontario
Contest Entry Deadline March 23, 2020
Late Entry Cut-off Date April 22, 2020

Area 1 AC&C
June 4 – June 7, 2020
Sackville, New Brunswick
Contest Entry Deadline April 6, 2020
Late Entry Cut-off Date May 6, 2020

Area 4 AC&C
June 12 – June 14, 2020
Bloomington, IL
Contest Entry Deadline April 13, 2020
Late Entry Cut-off Date May 11, 2020

– As a reminder, all contestants who will perform in Harmony, Inc. contests must be members in good standing, which means that all Harmony, Inc. Corporate, Area and Chapter dues must be current as of April 1, 2020, in order to participate in contests.
– All quartets must be registered with the Quartet Development Coordinator prior to registering for contest. Click here to complete the quartet registration process.
– Area Contest Entry forms are online this year! Forms for both Chapters and Quartets are available on the Members Only section of the website. You may complete the registration process entirely online, or you may print and mail your forms and payment to the Corporate Office by the posted deadline.

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A Leap Into The Unknown

In all my 33 years with Harmony, Inc., I had never volunteered to assist at an IC&C contest. Not once.

Over my decades in Harmony, I HAD volunteered at various levels: quartet contact, chapter president, chapter music team. And I do give back to this hobby we all love by serving on the Area 3 Council and education committee. But when it came to IC&C, I went to compete and have fun.

This year, I decided things would be different. IC&C 2019 was my year to take the plunge. Volunteer Coordinator Anne Leinen responded to my inquiry if she needed quartet finals backstage volunteers with a resounding, “YES!” Not only was Anne informative, organized, and efficient, she made volunteering easy and FUN!

My new title? Personal Belongings Monitor. I excitedly met Anne backstage 10 minutes prior to the start time of quartet finals to go over the duties, which were very simple – collect belongings, place on table, release belongings back to the same quartet that deposited them. But I hadn’t expected the most interesting aspect of this job — meeting and interacting with the finalist quartets at the last step before hitting the stage. When they came off stage, I was there to congratulate them. The best part of this whole experience was actually meeting and speaking with IC&C’s top quartets, many of whom I did not know but all of whom were friendly and appreciated the support and words of encouragement, both entering and exiting the stage.

I even spoke for quite a while with one particularly jovial quartet that ended up medaling. I sang around a bit later that evening, met up with them, sported one of their support buttons, and genuinely got to know them by night’s end. I would never have done that nor taken the opportunity to get to know them better had I not volunteered backstage

The moral of the story ladies is – VOLUNTEER! Somewhere, even for a short period of time, do it! I guarantee it will enrich your contest experience and will DEFINITELY be appreciated by many!

Submitted by By Dorene Dickerson
Backstage Volunteer – “Personal Belongings Monitor”

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Harmony Inc. Wants Your Opinion!

We’d like our members input for future International Convention and Contests. You should have all received an email last week with a link to our survey. We’d appreciate your input no later than January 15. If you haven’t already, please weigh in by using the link below:

Special Thanks to Lake Erie Shores & Islands
We’d like to thank Lake Erie Shores & Islands for providing Harmony Inc. a grant to help supplement some travel costs and AV expenses at this year’s event in Sandusky. We encourage everyone to reach out to them the next time you travel to the area. They can provide lodging and area information by calling 1-800-255-ERIE or log on-to www.SHORESandISLANDS.com

Submitted by Allison Thompson
Convention Manager
[email protected]

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Aged To Perfection – Hot Stuff!

Sporting their beautiful new permanent tiaras, Aged to Perfection continues with a whirlwind of activities. In the last couple of months. the quartet has sung on several chapter shows, shared their talents as educators at musical workshops, moved a household or two, and celebrated the wedding of lead Alexa Beal to Matt Page.

Next month, the 2018 Harmony Queens will be featured the Opening Night Showcase at the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention. The Thursday, January 9, extravaganza features some of the best barbershop and a cappella music around at the historic Florida Theater in downtown Jacksonville.

Says Aged to Perfection, “We just love making new friends, and sharing our love of music.”

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Help Wanted!

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve Harmony, Incorporated? How about volunteering as an Assistant to the International Board of Directors? This is a great way to gain knowledge about Harmony and give back to this amazing organization. We currently have three open Assistant positions in public relations, youth programs, and technical writing. Not ready to jump into filling an Assistant position? You can still
volunteer! Our Harmony. Stronger. strategic plan is filled with initiatives to help move Harmony into the future! Volunteer to help with a project or initiative by contacting [email protected].

You will find the complete job descriptions in the corporate manual in the Members Only section.

Public Relations Coordinator: Do you have experience in PR and Marketing? Then this position might be for you! The PR Coordinator helps identify and develop PR opportunities for Harmony, develops and updates PR materials, and assists with PR for IC&C. The PR Coordinator is a member of the Communications Team and reports to the Director of Communications.

Youth Programs Coordinator: Do you have a passion and desire to help the youth members of our organization? How about serving as our Youth Programs Coordinator. This person is the liaison between our youth members and the IBOD. She administers the Harmony for Young Women program and the Youth Member of the Year Award. She is involved with selecting the director, the music, and organizing rehearsal for the Minor Chords Chorus. The Youth Programs Coordinator reports to the Director of Membership.

Manual Chair: Do you have experience maintaining large manuals in a knowledge-based system or software such as Adobe InDesign or FrameMaker? Do you have experience in a system that’s an even better fit? Then this position is for you! The Manual Chair keeps our corporate manual up to date to reflect procedural and policy changes made by the board. She reports to the Immediate Past President.

For more information, please contact [email protected]. If you are ready to apply, please fill out the online application.

Submitted by Donna McKay
International President
[email protected]

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Musical Leadership Strong = Harmony Strong

Greetings, Harmony! We’re growing in quality as well as numbers.

If you were fortunate enough to attend this past International Contest and Convention in Sandusky, then you witnessed some of the BEST performances EVER on a Harmony International contest stage. There is NO doubt in my mind that this is directly related to the talented individuals who guide you each week – YOUR musical leadership. They teach, support, understand, shepherd and empower you to become better singers and performers. That’s a lot.

Do you know they spend countless hours preparing to be the best for YOU? In Sandusky, 30 of these devoted musical leaders sat around a table at 10 o’clock Wednesday night to talk about how they can become better leaders and teachers. That was our first annual Musical Leadership round table and it was so awesome that we stuck around till 11:30 p.m. or so, commiserating and supporting each other, as we
shared our familiar and common challenges and successes.

We will keep meeting and supporting each other through our newly created Facebook Musical Leadership Chatroom. Our hope is that this sharing of ideas and knowledge will provide you with a greater, more exciting experience as a singer and thus encourage you to invite your friends to experience the same things you enjoy so much.

Let’s grow Harmony, together!

Submitted by Anne Bureau
Chorus Director Development Coordinator
[email protected]

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Membership Adventure

The following is a joyful description of how four members of the ScotianAires, Area 1 (Ann B, Jo-Anne P, Pauline M and Diana M) found time in their busy IC&C schedules to enjoy the indoor waterpark at Kalahari Resort. Thank you to Diana MacDonald for sharing your adventure!
Water, water…everywhere! What a monstrous water park Kalahari Resort has … and suited for all age, even us seniors!

We started out very slowly cruising down the lazy river — very relaxing until we hit one of the waterfalls, then, kablam! What a soaking!

Next stop we tried jumping over the waves in the wave pool which resulted in much laughter and continuous dunking.

The huge red, yellow, blue, and turquoise inner tubes caught our interest, so we decided to try one out. Well, after climbing up and up the stairs, we finally reached the launching platform where the attendant held a rubber raft for us to jump in and ride down. We rolled up the sides of tunnels, swirling in the dark, shrieking and laughing until we finally splashed down at the end. We even picked up a friend for the ride as he was alone and the rafts required at least two people. Stoic Ben had to listen to our hooting and hollering as we rocked the ride together.

The invigorating hot tub, indoors and outside, finished off our adventure and concluded our time well spent in the water park.

Do you have a Membership Adventure you’d like to share with the Harmony, Inc. membership? If so, please submit your story to our Director of Membership, keeping it to 200 words or less.

Submitted by Kim Meechan
Director of Membership

[email protected]

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Get Your Directors First Scholarship, Now!

Harmony is growing in membership, skills, and excitement. And part of that is due to the Directors First program.

Now in its fourth year, this initiative seeks to send one musical leader from each and every Harmony chapter to Harmony University in
Nashville, Tenn. for eight days of super-intense education and training in the art and science of Barbershop leadership and performance over a five-year cycle. For details on who is eligible and how to apply, click here.

Who will your chapter send to Harmony University in 2020? Applications/nominations are due to [email protected] by January 31, 2020. So, don’t delay!

Along with nominations, we are also looking for donations to both the U.S. (Harmony Foundation) and Canadian programs (Sing Canada Harmony). Your tax-deductible gift will help us send at least 12 musical leaders to Harmony University in 2020. Please think about encouraging individuals as well as chapters to get involved in supporting this. Remember there is still time to get in a year-end charitable
contribution. Make that tax-deductible donation before the end of year!

Stronger Directors = Stronger Chapters = Stronger Areas = Stronger Harmony, Inc.

And a note from your Web Master, Tanya: Be sure to double check the email address when you send in your applications!
Check twice, send once

Submitted by Jennifer Bratis
Directors First Program Coordinator
[email protected]

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Honorary Membership Reminder

Did you know that any Harmony member in good standing (both regular and associate) can nominate an individual whom they feel would be a suitable Honorary Member of Harmony, Inc? For information, go to the Corporate Manual (in the Members Only section) and check out Section 14 (Reference Material), Honorary Membership Nomination and Selection Process.
Don’t delay! The January 31, 2020 deadline is fast approaching!

Submitted by Kim Meechan
Director of Membership
[email protected]

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Honorary Membership Reminder

Did you know that any Harmony member in good standing (both regular and associate) can nominate an individual whom they feel would be a suitable Honorary Member of Harmony, Inc? For information, go to the Corporate Manual (in the Members Only section) and check out Section 14 (Reference Material), Honorary Membership Nomination and Selection Process.
Don’t delay! The January 31, 2020 deadline is fast approaching!

Submitted by Kim Meechan
Director of Membership
[email protected]

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Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the IBOD

The International Board of Directors held its board meetings prior to the contests in Sandusky, Ohio. Highlights of the meeting include: the elimination of the Silver Division Contest, changes to the International Chorus Contest, adjustments to various fees, a review of traditional Harmony practices with an eye toward sensitivity and inclusion, and a new initiative to exchange Harmony Queen performances with the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers at our respective international conventions.

International Chorus Contest: With the elimination of the Silver Division Contest, we have set a target number of 27 contestants for the International Chorus Contest, with invitations if needed to reach this target number. The qualifying score for the International Chorus Contest will remain at 792 (an average of 66). If the number of qualifying choruses who indicate their intention to compete is fewer than 27, the ICJ Chairman will invite choruses, in descending order of Area qualification score, to make up that number. Invited choruses must achieve a minimum Area qualifying score no lower than 768 (64 average) to be eligible for invitation.

International Chorus Trophy: Jeanne O’Connor has directed the Village Vocal Chords to a record-setting 18 gold medals. Earlier this year, the VVC has announced Jeanne’s retirement after the 2019 IC&C. To honor Jeanne’s extraordinary accomplishments, the International Board of Directors is excited to announce that the current championship chorus trophy will be retired following IC&C 2019 and a new
trophy, “The Jeanne O’Connor Championship Chorus Award,” will be presented to the championship chorus commencing with IC&C 2020.

Review of Fees: The board continues to remain focused on keeping dues and other fees as low as possible for our members while ensuring we cover corporate expenses, enhance the services provided, and achieve future goals. Significant time goes into processing registrations, contest entries, late renewals, etc., and it has been quite some time since we’ve increased these fees. Also, in comparing some of Harmony, Inc. fees with other barbershop organizations, they are extraordinarily low.
After our review, the following fees will be adjusted as follows in 2020:
Annual quartet registration – $20
Quartet contest entry for both AC&C and IC&C – $40
Chorus contest entry for both AC&C and IC&C – $65
Late membership renewal fee – $10

The pricing for big screen ads for IC&C has been adjusted and simplified. Moving forward there will be two categories:
Ads by Harmony member, including member-owned business(es) – $35
All other ads – $100

Membership Management Platform: We are researching several membership management platforms and hope to have a platform selected and in place soon. We plan to make it easier and more efficient for both Harmony, Inc. and our members to update member information, manage dues, etc.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Topics: The Equality & Diversity Committee (EDC) has done a great job raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about diversity and inclusion. As a result, members are feeling more comfortable sharing their feelings about topics that concern them.
– The committee has received concerns that Harmony Grace is a Christian song and, as such, not all members are comfortable singing it. Some members think Harmony Grace does not represent members who are non-religious or of other faiths; therefore, it does
not support the direction of Harmony, Inc. towards being inclusive. The board had a lengthy and thoughtful discussion about Harmony Grace. It was decided that we will explore options for a song that is secular and inclusive in scope. More information will be forthcoming as we explore options.
– The EDC has prepared an Area and Chapter Handbook that was presented to the IBOD. The handbook promotes and celebrates equality and diversity in our organization. Following discussion, it was decided that the Area Directors will share the handbook with their councils and chapter leaders and, ultimately, with the membership.
– Our Associate members will soon be receiving a survey from the EDC. This survey will be like the survey sent to chapter members earlier this year. Feedback from our Associate members will give us a baseline as we move forward with education and awareness of the issues about diversity and inclusion.
– Songs from the era of minstrel shows evoke racial and ethnic stereotypes that some consider offensive, today. These types of songs have no place in an organization that seeks to be truly inclusive. In reviewing the songs that are part of the Here’s Harmony Series in the members-only site, it was determined that four songs will be removed from the series since they evoke these racial stereotypes; Back in Dixie Again, Dixie Boy, Steamin’ Down the River, Welcome Back to Dixieland. The board will also confer with the Barbershop Harmony Society to make sure that an effort is made to identify and remove songs with insensitive, offensive lyrics.

Corporate Bylaws: We have been reviewing our corporate bylaws to simplify and bring them up to contemporary standards. The bylaws committee presented a draft of the updated bylaws, which will be shared with Quantum Governance as part of the review of our governance structure. Their findings will be provided to the IBOD at the mid-year meeting. When the updated bylaws are finalized, they will be sent to the entire membership for a vote later this year.

Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers: For many years, Harmony has enjoyed a close relationship with the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers. We are excited to share that we are planning an exchange of performers at our respective international conventions, beginning with a LABBS quartet attending our 2020 IC&C. We hope to send a past Harmony Queens quartet to LABBS in 2021. This exchange will be another way to strengthen our bond with LABBS.

Fund-Raising Task Force: A fund-raising task force was established by the International President just before IC&C to find a way to raise $5,000 at IC&C so that Harmony could receive a matching gift of $5,000 offered by an anonymous donor. The task force’s efforts resulted in donations totaling over $7,000 at IC&C. With the matching gift, the total donated to Harmony is over $12,000 that will be used for Youth
and Harmony. Stronger. initiatives.
Fund raising will allow Harmony to take advantage of opportunities that are already available to us, but which cannot be executed due to limited funds. The Fund-Raising Task Force will remain in place for 2020 to work on creating additional fund-raising
initiatives to support our strategic goals.

The complete version of the annual meeting minutes can be found here.

Submitted by Donna McKay
International President
[email protected]

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In Pursuit of Excellence

Area 6’s Hot Pursuit stole the Harmony, Inc. audience’s heart with their powerful rendition of Maybe this Time in the quartet finals, capturing the 2019 international quartet championship November 9 at Harmony, Inc’s 60th Anniversary Convention and Contests. A young quartet with a cumulative age under 110 years, the new Harmony Queens sang three arrangements by baritone Melody Hine and one by her father, renowned arranger and quartet champ Clay Hine.

Their accomplishment was even more significant as this was the contest debut for Maybe This Time, which garnered the highest performance scores of the contest and helped the quartet edge out silver medalist Take 4.

“One of the things we felt is that all four of us ended the song invested in the narrative,” said lead Tessa Walker. “All of us were on the exact same page, involved in what we were doing and what the audience was feeling. It was emotionally overwhelming, but great to be able to connect with people on that wavelength.”

The members of Hot Pursuit have strong musical roots. As music educators, coaches, teachers and even barbershop “brats,” their love of barbershop, and their newly found home in Harmony, Incorporated, is very clear. It was bass Candra Rice who wanted the quartet to go ‘home’ to Harmony, Inc. noted Hine. “We’ve competed in the past, but wanted to do more (as a quartet). Candra asked how would we feel if we (entered) an HI contest.” The rest, as they say, is musical history.

The quartet contest at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio, featured 32 quartets from the U.S. and Canada. The medalists are:
1. Hot Pursuit (Area 6) – 2933/81.5%
2. Take 4 (Area 4) – 2904/80.7%
3. Fierce (Area 4) – 2846/79.1%
4. Swing Theory (Area 5) – 2807/78%
5. New Q (Area 2) – 2770/76.9%

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Nominees for 2020 IBOD

The purpose of this communication is to seek nominations for Board Directors and Area Directors to the International Board of Directors. In 2020, nominations will be for:
Board Directors (4)
Area 1 Director
Area 3 Director
Area 5 Director

Newly-elected International Board Members begin their term with the Annual Meeting following the election, held in the Fall. Serving on the International Board is a privilege we hope many of you will want to experience.

– Be a regular or associate member of Harmony, Inc. for at least five (5) years.
– Have previous administrative experience such as serving as an Officer on a Chapter Board of Directors, Area Council or other similar organization.
– Possess good verbal and written communication skills.
– Have daily access to a computer and the computer skills to communicate by email and to compose reports.
– Be able to work independently, manage time effectively to meet deadlines with good problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
– Be available to attend at least two out-of-town meetings each year (duration of meetings 3 – 4 days each), at which time International Board Members & Area Directors are required to participate in daily meetings, approximately 8 – 9 hours in duration.
– Have a valid passport enabling international travel. The cost of this travel to be covered by Harmony, Inc.

Other Helpful Skills 
– Business Management experience and/or the ability to analyze, understand and produce financial reports.

This year the nomination has been broken into two online forms, HAR-034 Part 1 is the Nomination Form and HAR- 034 Part 2 is the Application. Both forms can be found on the Harmony, Inc. website under Forms/Documents in the members-only section.

Nomination forms (HAR 034 Parts 1 & 2) for 2020 Elections must be returned to the Nominating Committee Chair and Corporate Office no later than January 15, 2020. As the forms are online, once completed and submitted the digital information will transmit directly to the Nominating Committee Chair and Corporate Office.
Please be sure that all members of your chorus receive this information in sufficient time to meet the deadline. Share by e-mail, add to your Chapter bulletin and announce this at your Chapter meetings. Encourage anyone who may be interested in becoming part of the administrative team that will move our organization into the future.

Board Directors
Board Directors will be expected to perform a variety of functions and must be flexible with the time and desire to take on extra duties.

Duties of an Area Director
An Area Director’s primary responsibility is to represent her Area at International Board Meetings. She will plan and chair two Area Council
Meetings each year at a location central to the membership in her Area, to keep in touch with the interests, concerns, and needs of the Area, and to create programs to help the Area. The balance of her work can be done at home and involves keeping in touch with the chapters in her Area, offering advice and assistance, and visiting Area chapters when the need arises.

Attendance at Board Meetings
All International Board Members are required to attend two International Board Meetings per year – one (Annual Meeting) requiring early arrival at International Convention and Contests (usually Sunday) in the fall and the other (Mid-Year Meeting) approximately four days in the middle of May or June held in a city to be determined by the incoming Board of Directors.

Newly-elected International Board Members are expected to join the Standing Board at the end-of-year Board Meeting prior to the Annual Meeting. This has proven to be an invaluable way to get acquainted with the work and what will be required of them
coming into their elected position.

Please remember the deadline for nominations – no later than January 15, 2020!

Harmony, Inc. will only continue to grow and flourish if willing members give a little of their time and effort to make it happen. Allow your name to stand for election…it will be deeply appreciated by all Harmony, Inc. members.

Submitted by 
Marie Ross – Chair
Trinda Ernst – Canadian Teller
Michelle Buckenmeyer – U.S. Teller
[email protected]

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Harmony, Inc. celebrates 60 years

If you think the last 60 years were exciting, wait ‘til you see what’s coming next!

President Donna McKay presented an inspirational look ahead to what’s in store for Harmony, Inc. over the next five years as we implement our strategic plan, Harmony. Stronger. In her crystal ball she saw more members, more chapters, more education, more communication, greater accomplishments and a larger footprint across North America.

Harmony has established a strong culture of accomplished leadership at all levels. The newly installed International Board of Directors and Assistants will boldly lead us into an exciting future. The traditional candle-light ceremony marked the transition from the leadership of yesterday to the leadership of tomorrow. It concluded with an emotional rendition by all present of What a Dream Can Do, “Our Voices One in song, together proud and strong . . .” then a mad dash to the Anniversary party where all indulged in generous helpings (or two . . . or more . . .) of scrumptious cakes and raised their voices, as Harmony members always do whenever they meet, in celebratory song.

Submitted by Roxanne Powell
Editor, e-note
[email protected]

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i-Give and AmazonSmile

If you are an on-line shopper, consider signing up for i-Give or AmazonSmile: Both organizations donate a percentage of all your purchases to Harmony, Inc. Both Canadian and American members can sign up for i-Give. It’s easy! Once you have set up an account, you begin your on-line shopping trip by logging into i-Give where over 2,000 stores are listed. When you purchase from one of those stores, a percentage of your purchase is automatically donated to Harmony, Inc. For convenience, you can link a store website to your i-Give account so that you can log into the store directly. For more information and/or to sign up, go to www.i-Give.com

If you are a U.S. member of Harmony, Inc. you can also choose to sign up with AmazonSmile using this link smile.amazon.com/ch/05-6017767. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon that you shop now: same products, same prices, and same service.

Support Harmony,
Inc. by shopping at i-Give or smile.amazon.com

Submitted by Jan DelVecchio
Director of Business Services
[email protected]

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Harmony Members Donate

At the 2019 International Convention & Contests Opening Ceremony in Sandusky, Ohio, I shared exciting news about donations. An anonymous donor offered to provide a matching gift of up to $5,000 based on the donations we could collect in the four days of IC&C.

Donors used several methods: text-to-donate, our website, or by placing cash in the buckets. WOW, did you all come through!

I am thrilled to report that Harmony members and supporters donated over $7,000 in just four days! That means that Harmony also received the matching gift of $5,000, making the grand total over $12,000 that will be used to support our Youth Members and our Harmony. Stronger. initiatives! This money will go a long way toward achieving our future goals.

If you haven’t donated yet, or you’d like to donate more, you can still do so by texting the word Harmony60 to the number 44-321 (US phones only), or by going to the Harmony, Inc. website and clicking on the green “Donate” button on our home page.

THANK YOU for your support of this fundraising initiative! You make me beyond proud to be a member of this amazing organization!

Submitted by Donna McKay
International President
[email protected]

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What Is Sing Canada Harmony?

Sing Canada Harmony Scholarship Fund (SCH) is a Canadian registered charity that partners with Harmony, Incorporated to support the Directors First initiative. In addition, SCH provides individual and group scholarships to eligible Canadian residents who need financial assistance to further their vocal musical education, whether at Harmony University, an Area Education Day, in a school or college, or in the community. In its 10 years as a registered charity, the foundation has awarded more than $750,000 through the generous donations of individuals, quartets and other barbershop groups associated with the Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmony, Incorporated and Sweet Adelines International.

Deadlines for scholarship applications are December 1st, March 1st, June 1st and September 1st and forms can be accessed online at singcanadaharmony.ca. Applicants need a reference, which can be given by the chapter liaison and others. For more information about the opportunity to serve as your chapter liaison, please contact the undersigned SCH Board members.

SCH accepts donations online through Canada Helps or by cheque. There is a DONATE button on the web site. In this season of giving, please consider recognizing a friend or family member who has asked that you not buy a gift this year, whether for the holidays or for a birthday or anniversary or other special occasion. Perhaps you are that person who wants to de-clutter at home and appreciates a creative gift. It is easy to let your friends and family members know they can make a tribute gift in your honour (yes, we are Canadian) and get a tax receipt. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped someone further their vocal music education. Unlike many charities, SCH operates with volunteers, so administrative expenses are minimal.

Submitted by
Trinda Ernst, past International President 2004-2006 ([email protected])
Patricia Cassidy, past Area 5 Director ([email protected])

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