Harmony College Northeast (long)
- Hi everyone!
Planning to vacation in New England this summer? Why not try to schedule it
around Harmony College Northeast in August. We have put together an
outstanding summer school that you might not want to miss.
Let's start with the staff! Included as teachers and coaches will be:
** BSQ, last summer's third place medallists in Kansas City
** Riptide, who finished sixth last year and promise to be at least
medallists this year
** Saturday Evening Post, last summer's mike testers for the finalist
Also on staff are the Northeastern District's finest quartets including
Northeast Connection, Club NED, Overdrive, and Road Show.
Is that enough to get your attention? How about adding the accompanying
Harmony Explosion Camp with 90+ high school boys melding into a chorus and
providing entertainment on the Saturday Night Show. Plus an International
quartet as yet unnamed who will be helping at the HX camp and will appear on
the show. The show itself will be worth the trip and it comes with the
price of tuition.
You want more? You might want to consider bringing your quartet to be
coached by the likes of Gary Parker and Brian Beck and Rich Lewellen. All
quartet coaching will be by the POD system so successfully used at Harmony
College. What's that? Four quartets of similar ability will be grouped
with four coaches who will confer and create a coaching strategy that will
be consistent throughout the weekend. Limit: 16 quartets!
Sounds pretty good so far but what's the cost? Tuition is $120 for the
weekend which includes room and board. And the cafeteria is to die for! It
has a burger bar, a salad bar, a pizza station, as well as the standard
fare. And ice cream!!!!!!
OK, where is it? We will be at Fitchburg State College, about 40 miles
outside Boston near the New Hampshire border. This is a new venue for us
and promises to be the best yet. We have access to a full computer lab
(limit 24) for the special computer course our district webmeister will be
teaching. All the classrooms will be air-conditioned. The auditorium seats
800 so we have plenty of room for all of you at the big Saturday Night Show.
And the free afterglow (for participants) will run until every quartet being
coached and on staff has had a chance to sing.
Oh, yeah, the dates! August 10-12, 2001.
After you read the included course descriptions and think you might want to
attend, reply to this email and we'll send you a Registration Form by email.
Or, if you want to register directly, go to www.nedistrict.org, click on
Schools, then Harmony College Northeast, and you can register on-line. And
Thanks for spending a few minutes with us to get the flavor of what we are
trying to do. We hope you agree that this is a nice combination. A
vacation in historic New England coupled with a wonderful staff of quartet
men teaching us the stuff that makes our hobby so special to us. And then
appearing in show no one will want to miss!
Don't want to rush you, but before I go you must know that we have only 300
beds to sell so don't take too long to decide.
NED DVP - Music & Performance
Director - Portsmouth (NH) Yankee Clipper Chorus
Bass - Mann, Dewey, Ringem & Howe
Phone - (603-749-2084)
Fax - (603-749-2084)
Harmony College Northeast – 2001
FRIDAY EVENING MINI-COURSES
HC-5 Build a Creative Warm-up for Your Chorus Fri Eve 2 hrs
Tired of the same old warm-up routine? Is half your chorus showing up late
just so they won't have to stand there week after week doing the same dull
warm-ups done every week? Run out of ideas to make your warm-up time at
rehearsal more creative, interesting, and, dare I say, your singers’ new
favorite part of the rehearsal? Well, this class is offered for exactly
that reason. Come and take this class, apply the new things you've learned
at your next rehearsal, and you'll be amazed at the response you'll get from
the singers on the risers. Rick Spencer, about-to-be graduate of Uconn and
fantastic tenor of Road Show will be your guide.
HC-6 The Singing Sensation (what it FEELS like to sing with resonance
and proper placement) Fri Eve
This course is designed to explore, learn, and understand what it FEELS like
to conquer those age-old terms that we always hear bantered about, but
seldom come away truly understanding. Upon completion of this course, each
singer will possess a new physical awareness of what it means, and more
importantly, feels like to sing with resonance and proper placement. What
are resonance and placement really all about anyway???... You will finally
have the answers!!! Each of these will be explored in detail using the
major vowel sounds as examples upon which a proper production-singing base
can be built. The end-result will also provide you a means to INTERPRET
music simply through the awareness of these concepts... it really isn't
magic!!! You'll wonder why you never heard about this before???... come
see, and learn and FEEL for yourself!!! Your host – Mike Gabriella, coach
and singer extraordinaire!
HC-9 What's Behind the Vocal Majority’s Beautiful, Rich Sound Fri Eve
A technical analysis of what makes the Vocal Majority's sound so clean and
smooth. How they approach word sounds, vowel matching, diphthongs, singable
and non-singable consonants, energy, flow, and phrasing using handouts and
participative examples and exercises. A discussion of the reasons behind
the growth and consistency of the VM. This course taught by Gary Parker,
bass of the International Champion Dealer’s Choice and charter member of the
HC-1,2,3,4 How To Be A Great Tenor, Lead, Baritone, or Bass Fri Eve
Come with your questions in mind and be prepared to learn from the best.
Help improve your personal singing abilities and learn how to be a master of
your part. The members of BSQ, Riptide, and Saturday Evening Post will teach
these classes. Be sure to indicate your given voice part on the registration
form to insure proper placement.
HC-8 Emceeing Fri Eve 2 hrs
Join the master, Mike Maino, as he teaches you the tricks and
responsibilities of the Master of Ceremonies. You will get a chance to
strut your stuff by introducing one of the groups on the Saturday Night Show
Afterglow. Altogether now, OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
HC-7 Talk to the Judges! Fri Eve 2 hrs
Ever want to have time to ask questions of the judges? Well, this is it!
Jeff Selano, Singing Judge and the bass of Riptide; Don Gray, world-class
arranger and Music Judge; and our own Steve Plumb representing the
Presentation category will field any question you can throw at them
concerning the judging system. Make yourself a smarter competitor by
attending this class.
SATURDAY ALL DAY – 6 HOUR COURSES
HC-10 Quartet Coaching Sat All Day 6 hrs
Coaching this year will be done in the POD system. This means four quartets
of similar ability will be assigned to four coaches who will have
responsibility for only these quartets. The coaches will listen to the
quartets sing on Friday evening and will join together to come up with a
coaching strategy for each quartet, then implement that strategy at all
sessions on Saturday. You gain the benefit of consistency from coach to
coach. Your coaching staff will include some members of BSQ, Saturday
Evening Post, Northeast Connection, Club NED, Overdrive, and Road Show, plus
other district coaches of renown.
At the conclusion of your evaluation sing, quartets will spend the rest of
the evening with Bobby Gray, Jr, bari of SEP, learning about the Standing
Ovation Program and how it will make your performances better.
LIMITED TO THE FIRST 16 QUARTETS WHO SIGN UP!
HC-12 Arranging From a Piece of Sheet Music Sat All Day 6 hrs
Do you have just enough musical skills to be able to read a piece of sheet
music and maybe plunk out a few chords? Then this course could be your
gateway to arranging. Don Gray, whose arrangements have been sung by
International Champs for years, has come up with this interesting approach
to arranging using the clues that appear on a piece of sheet music to guide
you through the process. If you can identify the notes on the melody line,
and have a little understanding of the guitar symbols and/or the piano
then come to this all day session of musical enlightenment. This course
would be great for directors, music team leaders, and anyone who has ever
taken music lessons. Plan to bring your own keyboard and headphones.
HC-13 The Joe Barbershopper Chorus Sat All Day 6 hrs
Do you sing in a small chorus and wonder what it would be like to sing in a
large one with 50-60 other guys? We are bringing back the “Joe
Barbershopper Chorus” which was so popular at Harmony Pilgrimage for years.
Guiding you through this full day of fun and singing will be Tim Reynolds,
the lead of Riptide and Assistant Director of the Big Chicken Chorus of
Marietta, GA, and Gail Jencik, choreographer to the stars and Director of
the Coastline Show Chorus in Providence. You will receive two songs and a
learning tape that MUST be learned before attending. Once here, you will
have the musical day of your life bringing those songs to life and
presenting them on the Saturday night show.
HC-11 So You Always Wanted to Be a Chorus Director But Didn’t Know Whom
to Ask! Sat All Day
Have you ever watched a Director working and thought that is something you
Have you just enough musical knowledge to be dangerous? Then this new
course is for you! It will cover 6 basic items: What you need to know, how
to select music, how to balance a chord, how to position men on the risers,
what to do with your arms, and pre-meeting preparation. As you know, the
entire society needs directors. We need you, and we know you will be happy
you took this course. It can get you started "on the right foot" and lead to
a very rewarding career as a Chorus Director. Brought to you by Charlie
Mansfield, resident dean of chorus directors.
HC-14 Make Your Computer Sing! Sat All Day 6 hrs
This course will be chock full of hints and how-tos. You will learn how to
set up your chapter web site, with a member area, sample music, show ticket
ordering, directions to your rehearsal site, your chapter directory, and
even your learning tapes. With this course, you can set up to take advantage
of the Internet to promote your chapter and serve your chapter members. This
course will have something for everyone, novice to experienced. You will
also create professional-looking music sheets and play back any combination
of voices. And, of course, the music you create can be made available to
Chapter members. Your instructor: NED web guru – Rod Rodriques
SATURDAY AM COURSES – THREE HOURS
HC-15A & 15P Vocal Techniques Sat AM 3 hrs or Sat PM 3 hrs –
Register for only 1 session unless you are on the Director’s Certification
Learn to sing better and improve your vocal production from the very best
teachers available. Our two lead teachers will be Kevin King, lead of BSQ,
Jeff Selano, bass of Riptide, and Allen Gasper, lead of Saturday Evening
Post with support from Dan Signor, Karen Rourke, and David Patterson. Class
sizes will be limited to allow for one-on-one work.
HC-18A The Power of Presentation Sat AM 3 hrs
Do you want to know how to bring a song to life? Do you want to learn the
basics of presentation for chorus and quartets? Do you want your audiences
standing up and cheering after every show? Do you want to study
communication skills that can be used in your performances, your business,
and your every day life? Then the Power Of Presentation is the course for
you. We'll study the elements of effective story telling, use of body
language, how to connect with your audience, and much more. Come and see
what significant impact you can have once you've harnessed the Power of
Presentation. Taught by Eric King, tenor of the Top Ten quartet, Riptide.
HC-20A Sight Reading/ Sight Singing Sat AM 3 hrs
Music teacher Eric Ruthenberg brings you his course on sight reading music
for those who want to learn music faster. Expect basic interval training,
expect work on allowing your ears to help you sing to the scale, and expect
lots of help on reading barbershop music. If Sight Reading is your need,
why not try Sing a Stack of Songs in the afternoon for more practice!
HC-16A Understanding the LINGO on the Judges Forms and Bringing It to
Life Sat AM 3 hrs
Review the terms on the Official Judging Form and learn how to make them
work in your favor. Begin to understand what “Common Ground” means. Audio
and video examples will be used so you can see and hear what the judges see
and hear and, from that, learn how to improve your performances. Taught by
Joan Ross, Certified Presentation Judge for Harmony, Incorporated.
HC-22A History of the Northeastern District with Bob and Doc Sat AM 3
Now this is a course that you don’t want to miss! NED Legends Bob Dunning
and Doc Sause are going to sit down and talk to you about what it was like
to work with the Four Rascals, the Boston Common, and the Four Statesmen.
In fact, Doc is the bari of the Four Statesmen so how much more authentic
can we get. Find out what it was like in the early days of our district and
how barbershop has developed from those early days. All good things are
built on a strong foundation and Bob and Doc can tell you how that
foundation was built in NED. Learn where we all came from in this
barbershop community. And here’s the first question you can ask of Bob
Dunning, “What’s the East Lynn song and how did it get its name?”
SATURDAY PM CLASSES – THREE HOURS
HC-19P Your Perfect Chorus Rehearsal Sat PM 3 hrs
How do you turn guests into faithful members? How do you sustain excellent
morale in your chorus? How do you balance development with fun, director
lead activities and quartet singing, section rehearsals with woodshedding,
etc??? Come and see how your chorus rehearsal can be transformed into the
thrill of your weeknights!! Find out how your chorus rehearsal can be used
more effectively to reach your chorus's goals. Learn how programming can
impact member retention, team morale and invigorate your membership
campaigns. Join us in building your Perfect Chorus Rehearsal. This course
brought to you by Eric King, tenor of sixth-place International quartet,
HC-17P How to Plan and Teach Choreography Sat PM 3 hrs
Learn how to develop a visual presentation that supports and enhances the
vocal presentation and the story of the song. Learn what skills you need to
get your performing ensemble to learn quickly, to buy into the visual
planning, and to do it believably. You will practice within the group by
teaching each other the choreography plan you developed. This gem of a
course is brought to you by Joan Ross in her own inimitable teaching style.
HC-21P Young Men in Harmony Sat PM 3 hrs
YMIH is one of the most important programs the Society offers because it
guarantees our future. And no one has done more to implement that program
in NED that Eric Ruthenberg, bari of District Champ Overdrive. If you want
to share in the goldmine of information Eric has developed on this topic,
join him and see how you can get your own YMIH program going in your
chapter. Learn how to reach out to music teachers in your area and how to
talk to them. Bring YMIH to your part of the world.
HC-24A & 24P Barbershop Potpourri Sat AM/ Sat PM 3 hrs Pick either –
Material repeated in both
“We need to balance that chord!” “The bari is on the root!” “That’s a
Chinese 7th!” These and other statements pop out of directors or coaches
mouths and, too often, fall on unknowing ears. Want to correct that? This
is the course to take. Learn something about the theory behind barbershop
and why and how chords “ring!” Your instructor will be Rick Spencer, recent
graduate of Uconn and super tenor of Raodshow.
HC-26P Sing A Stack-A-Songs Sat PM 3 hrs
Read through a stack of recently published songs so that you can hear what
they sound like and be able to judge for yourself as to whether or not you'd
like to sing them in your chorus or quartet. Ernie Johansen will lead this
popular class. Ability to sight-read music is a plus!
HC-25P Understanding The Judging System Sat PM 3 hrs
Find out everything that you ever wanted to know about our Society judging
system. Speak to actual judges. Pick their brains. Watch them score videos
of contest performances. Join in and score some yourself. This course is for
anyone who is interested in becoming a judge or who just wishes to gain a
better understanding of our SPEBSQSA judging system.
HC-23P There’s No Business Like Show Business Sat PM 3 hrs
Want to know how to put on a great annual show? Let Mike Maino, the man
behind those terrific Providence shows, show you how. Mike will guide you
through the various stages of show preparation which he calls Laying the
Ground Work, T & A (Haven’t a clue! You’ll have to ask Mike!), Setting the
Stage, and Break a Leg! Now is that enticing enough for you to want to
attend? Clearly, you annual show will be happier!