Mission: Perpetuate american art form of barbershop quartet singing to encourage and promote the education of its members and the public in music appreciation
Programs: Preserving an american art form harmony college northwest -- this is an entire weekend of barbershop education. The weekend has been certified as acceptible continuing education for washington music teachers. The classes include vocal training, coaching training, director training, presentation, and arranging in the barbershop style. Attendance is approximately 400 students. Those individuals return to their individual chapters and schools carrying the things they learned and passing the information on to others. Performance funding -- provide financial support for musical groups carrying the barbershop musical style to other parts of the country and the world. This enables these groups to compete at higher levels. They return to evergreen district and disseminate what they learned through performing and coaching. Director coaching and education -- educating chorus directors. Provide training in how to teach music and other facets of barbershop harmony and directing. Our chorus director development officer works to provide classes at multiple levels, from assisting beginning directors to master classes for the experienced directors. Officer travel--sending district officers to local chapters to provide both musical and administrative training, counseling, and other assistance as needed. This includes sending officers to support each chapter which sponsors a convention during the year. Providing support for chapters in remote areas is critical. Regional leadership academies--weekend classes to educate local chapter officers in understanding their responsibilities as well as maximizing the opportunities to teach barbershop style music and barbershop quartetting. Multiple classes are held to minimize the amount of travel to attend an academy. Contest & judging --pay for educating current judges maintaining their skills in interpreting the music, sound and stage presence demonstrating the barbershop a capella style. Certified judges provide training sessions at conventions to both choruses and quartets. Encourage members to join the judging community and become certified. Our contest and judging officer travels to each convention to assure all rules are followed. Standing ovation--provide review of show and performances. The reviewer will comment on quality of performance and maintaining the educational purpose of the barbershop harmony society. Communications--provide a website where members and the public can find information about the barbershop harmony musical style. The website can be used to contact others, find coaches, and to market our unique music, etc. Provide electronic publications which are available to all and offer more detailed information about educational events and activities both past and future. The timbre is published monthly. Webcast--provide opportunities to view conventions and similar performances in the barbershop harmony style. Convention management--check potential sites for conventions and verify they have the right facilities to best produce the unamplified sound of our four-part harmony. Verify that the sites have areas for the judges to do their evaluation and education sessions. This may not happen every year. Only facilities which are not known or have not been used in the last few years are evaluated. Barbershop summit--sharing knowledge, skills and resources with other a capella groups in the northwest. We advocate for joint educational opportunities with intersecting sweet adelines regions, chapters and individuals. Officer education--provide training in barbershop harmony for board and operations team members. When these officers travel and visit chapters, they are ready to provide education and coaching in the barbershop harmony style. Youth in harmony--provide guidance and support to those chapters wishing to host events that educate young singers about the barbershop style, and provide youth with real performance experiences. Offer scholarships to youth to attend the events. Evergreen senior chorus--provides opportunities for singers to be active at the district convention even if their chapter is not attending.
preserving the barbershop quartet-quartet champions of evergreen district prepare and present shows and festivals educating those in attendance by demonstrating and teaching quality quartet singing. Provide education & travel expenses for quartets. Provide education for choruses. This encourages the continuation of barbershop singing and preserves this uniquely american musical art form.
the bud leabo memorial fund the bud leabo memorial fund (blmf) was established as a working memorial to the precepts and philosophy of bud leabo. He firmly believed in the value of music education and the impact of barbershop on all aspects of life. His belief was that more fun and satisfaction are possible by means of a heightened barbershop experience. Because it is an endowment fund, disbursements are made from the interest earned on the fund. Twice a year reports as to the status of the fund and disbursements are made to the evergreen district board of directors and the evergreen district house of delegates. The blmf was formed with the "culture of giving" in mind. We are here with the express mission to foster such a culture. Those who want to participate can do so in two ways. First, we are looking for projects that share the joy of barbershop with new people. We are looking for people with vision that are willing to lead a project with sharing in mind. Many startup projects never get off the ground, for lack of funding. That should not be the case anymore; we are here to provide that funding. Second, we are looking for financial partners to help accumulate funds that can support these innovative ideas. If you don't have time to contribute to a project, you can be a part of the culture by providing a means to make others' ideas grow.