Strategic Vision: Everyone In Harmony
4. Quartet registration now open to women's and mixed harmony quartets
Next Step in the Realization of
Everyone in Harmony
Today the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) announces the next step in the realization of the Everyone in Harmony Strategic Vision by inviting women who are members of BHS to register official BHS quartets and access quartet benefits. The goal of the quartet program expansion is to encourage more members to engage in quartet singing -- one of the foundations of the Society. Registered quartets will also be eligible to compete in official BHS contests offered at the district level, and many districts are planning to offer contests for mixed ensembles in 2019.
5. Everyone in Harmony:
Chapter and District
As the next step towards the strategic vision of Everyone in Harmony, the Barbershop Harmony Society announces changes in the governing bylaws and operational processes for chapter, district, and Society membership.
This announcement includes:
New chapter, district, and Society bylaws approved by the Society Board of Directors.
An updated Chapter Considerations Guide as a reference for chapter leaders on the options available with Everyone in Harmony.
New processes in Member Center that will enable the flexibility and options for chapter membership, including supporting those existing chapters who choose to welcome women as members, adding multiple choruses (of any gender) under the chapter umbrella, and supporting the chartering of new chapters with any combination of members.
• To perpetuate the old American institution: the barbershop quartet and barbershop harmony
• To promote appreciation of barbershop harmony
• To initiate and maintain a broad program of musical education, contests, and appreciation in support of barbershop harmony and the allied arts
• To establish and maintain foundations that support our vision
• To initiate, promote and participate in charitable projects that support our vision
Read our Code of Ethics:
The Society aspires to preserve for its members and for all future generations of prospective members, the sacred right of all people to seek haven from the burden of their daily cares through indulgence in old-fashioned vocal quartet harmony, and to that end we do hereby solemnly pledge ourselves to abide by the precepts of the Code of Ethics.
We shall endeavor to perpetuate the Barbershop Harmony Society and the barbershop style of singing.
We shall deport ourselves and conduct the Barbershop Harmony Society’s functions in such manner as to reflect credit upon the Barbershop Harmony Society and its membership.
We shall conform to the bylaws of the Barbershop Harmony Society and any other rules set forth by its Board of Directors.
We shall accept for membership only congenial persons of good character who love barbershop harmony or have a desire to harmonize.
We shall exhibit a spirit of good fellowship toward all members and strive to resolve any conflicts with civility and respect.
We shall refrain from forcing our songs upon unsympathetic ears.
We shall refrain from taking improper advantage of our membership and BHS fellowship for personal gain.
We shall not permit political, religious, or other controversial issues to hinder or inhibit the enjoyment of barbershop harmony.
We shall, through our service to the Barbershop Harmony Society, endeavor to spread the spirit of barbershop harmony throughout the world.