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ACHIEVING A UNIT SOUND FOR DIRECTORS (D) Dale Syverson
901 Friday, Session 9
This class, geared for directors, is an exploration of the skills that are required to create Unit Sound within your chorus.
ACT NOW! LIMITED TIME OFFER! MARKETING FOR MEMBERSHIP, MORALE, AND MEANINGFUL CHORUS EXPERIENCES (MMM) Leslie Galbreath
301 Thursday, Session 3
1001 Friday, Session 10
Intense competition for attention and resources calls for savvy marketing approaches. Building an effective team to create and capitalize on opportunities is key to promoting your chorus or region and your events in this competitive environment. Objectives include learning the importance of a marketing plan that supports brand development and chapter event promotions, learning strategies to develop an effective chorus marketing team that supports the marketing plan, and exploring proven low-cost sustainable marketing approaches.
ADJUDICATING YOUNG VOICES (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
1101 Friday, Session 11
In this class, attendees will listen to examples of Rising Star performances and learn the differences between judging young Rising Star quartets versus Sweet Adelines International quartet performances.
ARE WE REALLY STILL TEACHING BREATHING AND POSTURE? WHY, YES WE ARE! (VM) Kim Vaughn
801 Friday, Session 8
1102 Friday, Session 11
As the scientific world learns more about “basics,” we must continue our journey to complete understanding by looking at all the possible approaches to the best possible breathing and support skills.
ARRANGEMENT REVIEWS (NA) Suzy Lobaugh
302 Thursday, Session 3
1002 Friday, Session 10
1501 Saturday, Session 15
Class participation limited to 6 per session; onlookers welcome. In this class, each participant will submit a specific area of concern within one of their arrangements to be shared with the class. Discussion topics to include “trouble spots,” avoiding arranging traps, and finding solutions to challenges within every arrangement.
ARRANGER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: HOW TO (NA) Corinna Garriock
1103 Friday, Session 11
1401 Saturday, Session 14
Have you always wanted to know more about the art of barbershop arranging? Do you find yourself needing to spice up an intro or tag for your quartet? Maybe the chorus you direct needs a new key change—or NO key change? Whether you are a dabbler or a committed music theory geek wanting to go the whole way in arranging, the Arranger Certification Program has something for you! Come and learn what it's all about and how to get involved.
AVOIDING CONFLICT IN QUARTETS (QT) Karen Breidert
1701 Saturday, Session 17
In this class, you will discuss how to use your people skills to avoid conflict and solve any issues that do occur.
BASICS/TRENDS IN MAKEUP (G, PF) Lynne Smith
1402 Saturday, Session 14
Let’s talk products! Why do we wear makeup on stage, and what are the basics of stage makeup? Learn to keep makeup simple and natural to enhance your communication with the audience.
BECOMING A JUDGE: PROCESS AND EXPECTATIONS (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
201 Thursday, Session 2
Attention aspiring judges! Come to this class to gain an understanding of the process of becoming a member of the International Judging Program. Information will include all aspects of the judging program from application to Certification as well as description of the committees that oversee training and advancement of judge applicants, followed by a question and answer session.
BECOMING AN EMERGING LEADER (L) Patty Cobb Baker
1003 Friday, Session 10
You’ve served on a few of your chorus committees and even chaired one. You find you really love the work and want more! This class will provide you with practical information on how to step on the leadership ladder and climb as high as you’d like. It will describe a typical leadership path and the skills that will help you grow as a leader in Sweet Adelines International as well as in other areas of your life.
BECOMING THE PERFORMER (PF) Kim Wonders
101 Thursday, Session 1
Before the performer can emotionally involve an audience, they must become intensely involved themselves. This class will explore activities and techniques designed to assist singers in portraying a genuine inner experience while they perform.
BLIND SPOTS IN THE BRAIN (L) Thérèse Antonini
501 Thursday, Session 5
902 Friday, Session 9
Our human brains are amazing and beautiful! This class explores how our brains process the myriad of information and experience thrown at them, and how that influences how we interact with the world. This highly interactive class invites participants to immerse themselves into a heightened state of curiosity and openness.
BREATHEOLOGY (VM) Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl
701 Friday, Session 7
Each day, the average person breathes around 30,000 times. Learn how you can optimize your capacity for breathing better to gain a positive impact in your life. When you breathe better, you sing better. Increase your well-being…breathe BETTER!
BUILDING AUTHENTICITY INTO SONGS FROM THE BEGINNING (G, ML) Paula Davis
903 Friday, Session 9
What are the most memorable and impactful performances you’ve ever seen? When we are moved by a performance, the authenticity of the performer in sharing their story/message is always the underlying reason. This class will explore what authenticity looks like in performance and how all can move toward greater authenticity that results in powerful performances. Using a theater-based approach, we will delve into a process of acting a song that prepares and guides performers to sing with the honesty and power that creates performances that will never be forgotten.
BUILDING YOUR VOCAL SKILLS (G, VM) Patty Cobb Baker
1702 Saturday, Session 17
Empower your unique vocal talent by learning a basic system of vocal development and skill building. This class will define the system and show you how to apply it to YOUR vocal improvement and maintenance needs. You will build your personal vocal technique toolbox and learn when you might need outside voice assistance and where to go to get it!
CASTOR AND POLLUX: TEAM MANAGER AND DIRECTOR (BEEN THERE, DONE THAT) (ML) Leslie Galbreath
1703 Saturday, Session 17
A trusting and collaborative relationship between the director and team manager is critical for success and can catapult a chorus forward. Hear insights about developing and nurturing this important relationship from someone who has held both roles, then learn and develop strategies for nurturing a strong relationship between the team manager and director.
COACHING UNDER GLASS (QT) Karen Breidert
1601 Saturday, Session 16
In this class, attendees will observe a quartet being coached in order to see the different techniques being utilized by the coach as well to gauge their effectiveness.
COACHING QUARTET SESSIONS (QT)
1104 Friday, Session 11 Karen Breidert
1105 Friday, Session 11 Joan Boutilier
1106 Friday, Session 11 Peggy Gram
1107 Friday, Session 11 Becki Hine
1108 Friday, Session 11 Paula Davis
1109 Friday, Session 11 Viva!
Limit of 2 quartets per session. Sign up your quartet for a 30-minute personal coaching session with one of our fantastic faculty!
COMMUNICATION IS MORE THAN A 13-LETTER WORD! (G, L) Nancy Field
601 Thursday, Session 6
802 Friday, Session 8
In this interactive class, attendees will examine thinking, acting, and communicating in all levels of leadership. You will learn to identify communication considerations, including syncing verbal and non-verbal behaviors while exploring ways to communicate with energy and charisma.
CONVERSATIONS WITH CAMMI (G) Cammi MacKinlay
202 Thursday, Session 2
1201 Friday, Session 12
Limit of 3 people/groups per session. Want to know more about the IBOD and how it works? Have questions about leadership? Succession planning? Sign up for a private one-on-one 20-minute session with Cammi to discuss a topic of your choosing. Can be done individually or with a group.
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS (YWIH) Leslie Galbreath
702 Friday, Session 7
Open to YWIH quartets and those who might want to be in a YWIH quartet. Forming a YWIH quartet is very exciting! So many wonderful adventures lie ahead! How can you create and keep open lines of communication so the experience fulfills and satisfies everyone? Key objectives include learning the importance of established quartet communications and expectations that help all members feel heard, respected, and valued, and learning about strategies successful YWIH quartets have used to set and meet — or reset — expectations.
CREATING A UNIT SOUND (VM) Joan Boutilier, Judy Pozsgay, Dale Syverson, and Kim Vaughn
703 Friday, Session 7
Wondering how YOU can improve your contribution to your section’s or chorus’ unit sound? Using symposium music, this interactive class will address each voice part’s role in creating unit sound by having four Queens of Harmony each address the unique challenges of singing their voice part, along with the adjustments or modifications that are required to sing within an ensemble to create unit sound.
CREATING GREAT UNIT SOUND! (G, VM) Kim Vaughn and Viva!
1202 Friday, Session 12
1502 Saturday, Session 15
In this class, the 2020 Queens of Harmony, Viva!, will demonstrate how they trained their voices to create the best unit sound possible.
CREATING THE VOICE OF YOUR DREAMS (G) Lisa Popeil
102 Thursday, Session 1
This session will explain the basic skills of consistent, confident singing as well as how to easily fix common vocal problems such as being too nasally, pressing the vocal folds, blending, breathiness, having a weak sound, and vocal fatigue. Vocal self-confidence can increase dramatically when problems are fixed and singers feel like singing in an expansive, joyful manner.
DIRECTING EFFECTIVELY THROUGH YOUR HANDS (NO WORDS!) (D) Paula Davis
203 Thursday, Session 2
Do you feel like your hands have a mind of their own? Wish that you could communicate more with your hands than your words? This class will explore ways to direct your group (chorus, section, etc.) with greater clarity and effectiveness with less talking and more doing. With lots of class participation and experimentation, we will find stronger ways to navigate the musical challenges that face every musical leader each week.
DIRECTING THE PERFORMANCE INSTEAD OF THE MUSIC (D) Diane Porsch
705 Friday, Session 7
1403 Saturday, Session 14
This class will discuss the importance of the director as a performer vs. a technician by addressing various director duties, such as non-singing time (entrance, bows, chorus and audience acknowledgements, timing between songs, exits, etc…), dancing with the front line, directing when facing the audience, cues for pitches, curtain vs. non-curtain venues, and directing the shape of the sound vs. notes on a page, etc.
DIRECTOR/ARRANGER RELATIONSHIP (EA) Corinna Garriock
704 Friday, Session 7
1503 Saturday, Session 15
The director-arranger relationship can be a lot of fun! This class will explore creative collaboration between directors and arrangers to see what each party brings to the equation in the making of a successful vehicle for a chorus. Factors such as singer skills, song strengths and limitations, stamina issues, and rehearsal priorities will be examined. The class will also touch on what “healthy” communication looks like and the logistics of making it work.
DIRECTOR’S ROLE IN MEMBERSHIP GROWTH AND RETENTION (D) Paula Davis
303 Thursday, Session 3
1704 Saturday, Session 17
Directors set the tone and atmosphere, and they are the biggest influencer in membership growth and retention. We’ll explore the ways we can help your chorus’ success in membership growth or how we sometimes may unknowingly hinder that endeavor. We will share an open and honest discussion of the challenges and opportunities that directors face each week as well as ways to create a happier, more compelling membership experience for your members and potential members.
DUET VOICING: THE VOICE OF THE JUDGE VS. THE VOICE OF THE COACH (G) Sharon Babb
706 Friday, Session 7
1504 Saturday, Session 15
Participants are encouraged to bring specific comments for analysis. Participants will study typical judge comments at various levels and appropriate coaching techniques to match the needs as reflected therein. Explanations will be provided of what comments mean and what they refer to in the Judging Category Description Book along with suggested strategies for coaches to use in addressing those areas.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE: CONFLICT RESOLUTION (L) Thérèse Antonini
1110 Friday, Session 11
1505 Saturday, Session 15
This class explores the most common sources of conflict, the importance of different types of conversation, and how they can influence the optimum outcomes of conflict resolution. Exercises are included to allow participants to identify and explore their own conflict management styles and challenges.
EFFICIENT QUARTET REHEARSALS (QT) Karen Breidert
904 Friday, Session 9
This class will discuss the planning that goes into successfully executing a productive rehearsal. You will also learn how to communicate effectively in uncomfortable quartet situations and how to best give and receive constructive criticism.
EMBRACING DIVERSITY (G, MMM) Thérèse Antonini
707 Friday, Session 7
1404 Saturday, Session 14
This class will introduce participants to elements of the Diversity Toolkit developed by the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force. This highly interactive class will include discussions about how the toolkit can be used by choruses and individuals to gain a better understanding of the opportunities, benefits, and challenges involved in developing a more diverse and inclusive organization.
EMCEE, TAKE IT AWAY! (PF) Lynne Smith
304 Thursday, Session 3
Watch live demonstrations of emcee work and learn how to create the right tone and entertain the audience. Come prepared to volunteer and share your favorite emcee spot!
ENERGY WITH AUDIENCE AND BODY CONNECTION (VL) Judy Pozsgay
103 Thursday, Session 1
803 Friday, Session 8
Want to better connect with your audiences? Give ‘em some ENERGY! This class explores the impact and importance of energy on audience connection. We will examine ways to infuse greater energy into our performances and experiment with different types of energy by participating in some interactive exercises.
FIND YOUR VOICE: CREATING YOUR CHORUS CULTURE (L, MMM) Cammi MacKinlay
401 Thursday, Session 4
708 Friday, Session 7
Who are you as a chorus? How are you perceived in the “outside” world? Where are you headed? In this class, learn how to create a vision for your chorus and capitalize on your unique culture.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT: INSTANT LEVELING (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
1004 Friday, Session 10
Geared for aspiring judges, come and listen to examples of competition performances to identify scoring levels instantly. Discussions will include how judges eventually arrive at the final score for contestants by making scoring decisions based on this first impression.
FROM ROOKIES TO LIFERS (MMM) Leslie Galbreath
402 Thursday, Session 4
Becoming a member of SA is the first step in a journey that can provide extraordinary, life-changing benefits. This class will present tools for effectively orientating and acculturating new members into your chorus so they grow into successful and contributing lifelong members. The class will include tools that have been effective for members of the Millennial and Generation Z generations. Key objectives include learning successful strategies for orienting new members to help them be successful, healthy, contributing members, and learning strategies for helping rookies become aware of ways they can grow and develop by taking advantage of leadership opportunities and contributing to the organization’s needs.
FUNDAMENTALS OF THEORY FOR ASPIRING ARRANGERS AND HOW TO BEGIN (NA) Suzy Lobaugh
104 Thursday, Session 1
Examine the eleven chords used within Sweet Adelines arrangements, their inversion and harmonic functions to create a beginning arrangement.
GET READY TO SHINE! (D) Lynne Smith
204 Thursday, Session 2
Start your rehearsal with highly productive physical warm-ups with greater purpose. Learn to create, teach, and practice skills from the showmanship and expression categories.
GETTING TO THE NEXT LEVEL (G) Corinna Garriock
602 Thursday, Session 6
1705 Saturday, Session 17
How do the SA Judging Categories overlap? What elements do they share? Raising your skill level in these key elements will raise your overall quality as a performing unit. This class will review key areas to focus on as you strive to improve your barbershop skills and techniques for making strides in each area. Critical listening to performances at various levels will help the participants identify for themselves the impact of improved skills in the key areas.
GRANT WRITING AND FUNDRAISING (L) Leslie Galbreath
1405 Saturday, Session 14
Generating non-dues revenue is important to subsidizing our members’ experience at all levels. This class will share insights regarding creating organizational frameworks and processes to enhance the likelihood of successful grant acquisition and also successful (and unsuccessful) fundraising opportunities and experiences. Be prepared to share what has worked for you (and what did not — because with some tweaks it might work for someone else). Note: This is not a grant-writing class but is instead a basic primer on getting started, identifying opportunities, and creating an organizational structure that is funding-worthy. Key objectives include learning the elements of developing a funding-worthy organizational structure and culture and learning successful fundraising opportunities.
HEALTHY HABITS FOR AWESOME SINGING (G) Patty Cobb Baker
205 Thursday, Session 2
1406 Saturday, Session 14
Our vocal instrument is a precious thing and deserves only the best TLC! This class will explore the “best practices” that lead to a healthy voice and beautiful singing. We will also discuss the unconscious things we might be doing that can sabotage our vocal health and sound production.
HEARTY, HAPPY AND HEALTHY (D) Kim Wonders
305 Thursday, Session 3
1005 Friday, Session 10
What do our members need? Why do our singers keep coming back every week? We will examine ways to foster a positive, encouraging and affirming chorus culture.
HOW DO I GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL?: CONTEST PREPARATION (D) Vickie Maybury
403 Thursday, Session 4
1111 Friday, Session 11
This class will provide integration tools and resources to increase understanding in how to get to the next singing and competition levels.
HOW DOES IT SOUND?: OVERVIEW OF THE SOUND CATEGORY (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
306 Friday, Session 3
An in-depth discussion of the Sound category. Come to learn what the Sound judge listens for in a performance, how to better understand the elements addressed by this category judge, and how Sound relates to other categories.
HOW THE STARS LINED UP (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
1407 Saturday, Session 14
This class will be a review of the Rising Star contest and discussion of the results. Attendees will be able to give their own impression of the performances from the 2020 contest.
HOW TO GET STARTED: VOICE MATCHING (QT) Karen Breidert
307 Thursday, Session 3
Come ready to volunteer in this hands-on class that will take participants from the audience to demonstrate voice matching, proper alignment, and placement to create resonance.
HOW TO LET GO: HOW TO EFFECTIVELY TEACH, TRAIN AND INVOLVE YOUR MUSICAL LEADERS IN LEADERSHIP TRAINING (D) Joan Boutilier
404 Thursday, Session 4
1706 Saturday, Session 17
Through discussion and presentation, attendees will discover ways to involve musical leaders in a team approach to positive leadership. Explore ways to train, evaluate, and provide musical leaders with kind and honest feedback in order to enhance leadership growth and development.
HOW TO SING A GREAT ______ (G, QT) Joan Boutilier, Karen Breidert, Peggy Gram and Kim Vaughn
603 Thursday, Session 6
In this class, attendees will learn tips and tools from some of Sweet Adelines’ greats on how to be the best _____ voice. This is achieved by understanding your part’s role in the barbershop art form, learning about balance and blend, and understanding how accuracy relates to both your specific part and to the ensemble as a whole.
HOW TO SING DYNAMICS EFFECTIVELY (VM) Dale Syverson
206 Thursday, Session 2
In this class, attendees will learn how to “read” what the music is telling them to better understand what is required of the singer for improved storytelling by gathering information from the music and lyrics, and exploring the relationship between resonation and volume.
IMPORTANCE AND BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (MMM) Leslie Galbreath
105 Thursday, Session 1
1112 Friday, Session 11
There are tremendous benefits associated with being members of a global organization focused on creating harmony and opportunity. This class will discuss those benefits and ways to capitalize upon them for planning, marketing, and retention, in addition to presenting insights about the organizational infrastructure that supports our Sweet Adelines experience.
INTERVAL TRAINING (ML) Patty Cobb Baker
308 Thursday, Session 3
905 Friday, Session 9
A cappella harmony singing demands accurate intervals, and this class will explain why, as well as how, to get some! Using our Symposium songs, you will learn the tips and tricks for teaching your singers how to identify and sing “clean” intervals, and how to avoid the “noise” of inaccuracy in your ensemble sound.
INTRO TO BARBERSHOP HARMONY: FIND YOUR BARBERSHOP VOICE (G, YWIH) Becki Hine
207 Thursday, Session 2
Learn what barbershop harmony is and isn’t. Find out which chords, balance, musical interpretation, visual delivery, and other elements are typical of the barbershop style of music.
INTRO TO FINALE (NA) Corinna Garriock
309 Thursday, Session 3
Finale is a popular music notation software that can be used for everything from vocal arranging to full orchestrations. This class will demonstrate how to get started in Finale, including setting up your first barbershop manuscript, entering the voices and lyrics, and playing back and exporting your arrangement in various forms.
INTROS, KEY CHANGES AND TAGS (NA) Suzy Lobaugh
405 Thursday, Session 4
1301 Friday, Session 13
Prerequisite: attendees must be intermediate arrangers. Participants will explore successful elements of Intros, Key Changes and Tags by discussing their common and most unique elements. You will be encouraged to use creative approaches to enhance lyrics, emotions, forward motion, and harmonization within arrangements.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC: OVERVIEW OF THE MUSIC CATEGORY (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
406 Thursday, Session 4
This class contains in-depth discussion of the Music category. Learn what the Music Judge listens for in performances to better understand the elements addressed by this category judge, and how it relates to other categories.
IT’S SHOWTIME! (QT) Karen Breidert
407 Thursday, Session 4
This class will talk quartets through the process of an entertainment package. Planning the package, emcee skills, timing and pacing, and putting on a great show will all be discussed. Quartet members will also have a time to present their own topics for discussion.
LEADERSHIP MASTERY (L, ML, VL) Jan Carley
(Registrants are required to take all 4 sessions)
This 4-part leadership track by Inner Coach of Barbershop, Jan Carley, will inspire your journey to personal mastery and remove the barriers and interferences that get in the way of sustaining your position of strength, balance and generative leadership. You will leave empowered and encouraged about your important leadership contribution and with practical tools to immediately implement for transformative change in your life and the lives of those you lead. Come to this leadership track with an open mind and heart. This could well be the learning that positively shifts both your life and your chorus culture forever.
LEADERSHIP MASTERY PART 1: THE PARADIGM SHIFT (L, ML, VL) Jan Carley
106 Thursday, Session 1
In Part 1 of the Leadership Mastery track you will learn that the most powerful way to be a masterful leader requires a paradigm shift from “doing” to “being.” This shift demands your best work and a willingness to be vulnerable, to look inside, and to be open to growth and change. We will start with making a transformative flip in your thinking by the simple adoption of a generative approach to your life and work. You will instantly shift from stuck to possibility and open your mindset to learning as you inspire others to be their best selves.
LEADERSHIP MASTERY PART 2: “BEING” THE LEADER (L, ML, VL) Jan Carley
310 Thursday, Session 3
Leadership can be pressure-filled and demanding. Though we naturally expect our leaders to be technically skilled and knowledgeable, the most powerful impact as a leader comes from who you are, not what you do. How you show up, how you model presence, vulnerability and resiliency and even how you speak is critical to creating a vibrant chorus culture of growth and success. And yet, how easy it is to get taken off track and rocked out of your sweet spot! In Part 2 of the Leadership Mastery track you will build the elements of your personal foundation and define your signature brilliance so you can confidently lead through good times and challenges.
LEADERSHIP MASTERY PART 3: THE CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN (L, ML, VL) Jan Carley
408 Thursday, Session 4
As a chorus leader in any capacity, you are a critical influencer to the joy and success of your ensemble. Not only are you responsible for modeling the behaviors that the chorus will follow, you must also ensure that the best possible atmosphere exists for the membership and the musical product to go forward unimpeded. In this third class in the Leadership Mastery track, you will simplify your role as leader and learn why you are the essential ingredient in ensuring the chocolate flows freely through the chocolate fountain. You will discover how to lead creatively instead of reactively and get practical tools to eliminate the interference and barriers to successful leadership.
LEADERSHIP MASTERY PART 4: EMPOWERED CULTURES (L, ML, VL) Jan Carley
604 Thursday, Session 6
So, it’s all great, you have it all together — but it really isn’t about you, is it? Learn why shifting your model from “star” leadership to “legacy” leadership will empower a healthy culture of growth and joy and ensure future sustainability of what you have built. Start the journey to shifting your team or chorus culture from the inside out. Empower yourself with confidence in knowing your biggest contribution will show up in the differences you make for others.
LOCOMOTION: PHYSICALITY AND MOVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE (PF) Peggy Gram
311 Thursday, Session 3
1602 Saturday, Session 16
Get your LOCO in MOTION!! As singers, our entire body is our musical instrument. How we hold our bodies and use them during performances has a direct impact on our ability to support the music and engage the audience. This class will give the basics of posture and discuss the differences between physical expression and choreography.
MAGNETIZE THE MASSES (D) Diane Porsch
107 Thursday, Session 1
1006 Friday, Session 10
This class will demonstrate the importance of delegating rehearsal tasks to other skilled leaders within the chorus, avoiding redundancy in instruction, long-term and short-term planning, and why it’s important that chorus culture be considered. Exciting rehearsal planning and implementation will magnetize our singers and pull them into musical and personal growth on a weekly basis.
MEMBERSHIP MAGIC PART 1: BUILDING THE FUTURE (MMM) Nancy Field
1007 Friday, Session 10
1603 Saturday, Session 16
It takes teamwork, sharing, organization, planning, and communication to make Membership Magic! Building the Future explores the elements necessary to grow and promote your chorus. Developing the plan, learning about marketing principles, and potential member expectations are examined.
MEMBERSHIP MAGIC PART 2: ENGINEERING SUCCESSFUL MEMBERSHIP LONGEVITY (MMM) Nancy Field
1113 Friday, Session 11
1707 Saturday, Session 17
New members need to be brought up to speed both musically and administratively as soon as possible. One important need is to be integrated and feel they “belong.” Our role is to do this in an organized way that is not overwhelming. Making a commitment to properly care for first-year singers ensures a high percentage of long-term membership.
MENTAL PREPARATION FOR PERFORMERS (PF) Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl
108 Thursday, Session 1
Do you want to build your mental strength for performing? In this class, attendees will learn the definition and components of mental strength and outline a structure for a training program by reviewing the rehearsal method of Rönninge Show Chorus. Increase your ability to perform your best both onstage AND at every rehearsal.
MORE THAN SPOTS ON LINES AND SPACES (G) Suzy Lobaugh
605 Thursday, Session 6
1114 Friday, Session 11
1408 Saturday, Session 14
Explore an arrangement and learn to recognize intervals, note relationships, tuning elements, voice part patterns and more. Learn how to better determine each voice part’s role within both the vertical and horizontal view of an arrangement.
MUSIC SELECTION: HOW BARBERSHOP IS IT? (AC) Corinna Garriock
409 Thursday, Session 4
804 Friday, Session 8
This class will identify the hallmarks of a barbershop song and arrangement as defined by the Music Category descriptors and discuss the ‘fit’ of both traditional and non-traditional songs to barbershop style vocal arrangement. After developing a framework to assess the strength of a song and arrangement, participants will listen to a variety of barbershop performances and learn to apply the framework to determine how well a particular vehicle represents the barbershop style.
MUSIC SELECTION: IS THIS THE RIGHT SONG? (AC) Corinna Garriock
1203 Friday, Session 12
What makes a song and arrangement suitable to a particular performer? This class will discuss both technical and non-technical considerations for quartets and choruses when selecting music, as well as techniques that are useful for group decision making. Elements such as personality, availability of music, copyright, and technical traps will be presented and discussed.
MUSICALITY: WHAT IT MEANS TO SING FROM THE HEART AND HOW IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING (VM) Vickie Maybury and Viva!
606 Thursday, Session 6
709 Friday, Session 7
Become a musical artist and transcend technique. Deepen your understanding of musical artistry and more fully grasp its impact on performance.
NEXT LEVEL WITH FINALE (EA) Corinna Garriock
1008 Friday, Session 10
Finale is a popular music notation software that can be used for everything from vocal arranging to full orchestrations. This class assumes a basic knowledge of Finale usage and a desire to become more efficient with the tool so that creativity can be your focus! We'll talk about data entry shortcuts, tips and tricks for refining your manuscript, and where you can find other resources for improving your Finale skills.
ON WITH THE SHOW: OVERVIEW OF THE SHOWMANSHIP CATEGORY (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
710 Friday, Session 7
This class offers an in-depth discussion of the Showmanship category. Come to learn what the Showmanship Judge listens for in a performance to better understand the elements addressed by this category judge and learn how Showmanship relates to other categories.
PREPARE LIKE AN “A” LEVEL SINGER (VM) Peggy Gram
208 Thursday, Session 2
1009 Friday, Session 10
Do you want your chorus/quartet to perform better? It takes every member singing and participating at a higher level. Learn what it takes to prepare yourself to sing in an “A” level group and to participate as an “A” level member.
PERSONAL VOICE INSTRUCTION (G, VM)
410 Thursday, Session 4 Patty Cobb Baker
411 Thursday, Session 4 Peggy Gram
412 Thursday, Session 4 Kim Vaughn
502 Thursday, Session 5 Paula Davis
711 Friday, Session 7 Paula Davis
906 Friday, Session 9 Joan Boutilier
907 Friday, Session 9 Peggy Gram
Limit of 2 people/groups per session. Sign up for a private voice instruction session with one of our fabulous faculty. Can be used individually or as an ensemble. Each session will be 30 minutes.
PROGRESSING MUSICALLY (QT) Karen Breidert
1409 Saturday, Session 14
This class will discuss the importance of proper music selection for quartets and the best way to learn that music so that it is performance-ready.
RESONATION: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO I GET IT? (VM) Kim Vaughn
312 Thursday, Session 3
1708 Saturday, Session 17
There are a number of ways to approach the whole idea of resonation. In this class, we will examine those concepts and apply them directly to Seminar songs.
RIP YOUR SHOWER CURTAIN OPEN! (G, PF) Lynne Smith
1011 Saturday, Session 10
Come learn fun and interactive exercises designed to help you perform as freely as you do in the shower. Step out of your comfort zone and rip your shower curtain wide open!
SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL BELTING (G, VM) Lisa Popeil
413 Thursday, Session 4
The term “belting” refers to a traditionally powerful voice technique used in musical theater and commercial genres. Using innovative techniques, participants will learn the mechanical details of healthy belting as well as exercises to produce these sounds comfortably and consistently.
SECTION LEADER ROAD MAP: WHERE DO I BEGIN? (ML) Leslie Galbreath
908 Friday, Session 9
1506 Saturday, Session 15
Audience: All achievement levels and experience levels. This class presents tools for leading successful and effective sectionals that get everyone up to speed and are more than just notes and words. Strategies for creating an effective musical leadership structure are also included.
SETTING HIGH STANDARDS FOR YOUR CHORUS (D) Kim Wonders
1410 Saturday, Session 14
Come learn concepts and techniques for building and maintaining a culture of high standards within your chorus.
SHOWMANSHIP CATEGORY IN SIX LAYERS (PF) Lynne Smith
712 Friday, Session 7
Start with the six layers of physical energy, add the six layers of vocal energy, then add the six layers of characterization. BOOM! You have the Showmanship category!
SHOWMANSHIP LOVES THE BALLAD (PF) Lynne Smith
805 Friday, Session 8
Learn how to effectively plan and perform a ballad with emphasis on character, emotion and unity.
SHOWMANSHIP…SO MUCH MORE THAN DANCING! (VL) Diane Porsch
313 Thursday, Session 3
806 Friday, Session 8
This class offers a brief glimpse at our past and how we have evolved in the Showmanship category. Yes, choreography will be addressed, but there’s so much more to discuss — especially regarding today’s performers, styles, etc. This category is cooler than you think!
SHOW PACKAGING FOR QUARTETS (QT) Peggy Gram
1204 Friday, Session 12
Whether you’re interested in competing in the Open Division, aiming for the International Finals, or performing in your local community, putting a show package together is the chance to introduce yourself to an audience, show them a facet of your personality (or at least what you want them to believe is your personality) and entertain them for a short time. This class will help you learn how to do that successfully.
SING AS ONE: CREATING AMBASSADORS FOR SWEET ADELINES (MMM) Cammi MacKinlay
1011 Friday, Session 10
1507 Saturday, Session 15
In this class, participants will learn how to encourage everyone to be ambassadors for the organization, not just their own choruses. A participatory class with lots of sharing, role-playing and activities designed to stimulate members’ involvement in marketing the organization.
SONG QUALIFICATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY (ML) Paula Davis
1012 Friday, Session 10
1508 Saturday, Session 15
What methods have you tried to do song qualification in your chorus? We’ll look at new, interesting and fun ways to stretch, engage and motivate your members to successfully let go of the paper and dive into the music!
SPEECH THERAPY APPLIED TO SINGING (VM) Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl
807 Friday, Session 8
Learn how to use your speaking voice in a healthy and supportive way to develop your singing skills by utilizing fun voice therapy exercises that develop awareness.
STAGE PREPARATION: HOW TO PLAN COSTUMING AND MAKEUP TO ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE (YWIH) Becki Hine
909 Friday, Session 9
Learn how to enhance your musical performance with visual elements such as costuming, makeup, and other elements to help bring your performance to life.
STRETCH YOUR PARADIGMS: MOTIVATING AND INSPIRING YOUR MEMBERS TO NEW HEIGHTS (L) Paula Davis
1411 Saturday, Session 14
How can we reach more possible members and keep our current members engaged and joyfully singing? Sometimes we need to explore outside our box! This class will look at various new chorus models to inspire us all to explore new ways of thinking in membership options/opportunities, in contest preparation and possibilities, and in keeping a finger on the pulse of our members to keep them engaged, motivated and inspired to harmonize the world!
SYMPOSIUM CHORUS REHEARSALS
414 Thursday, Session 4
503 Thursday, Session 5
1115 Friday, Session 11
1205 Friday, Session 12
1604 Saturday, Session 16
1709 Saturday, Session 17
Be part of crafting and performing a 10-minute performance package. Symposium choruses are led by master directors and their creative consultants. Learn about story development, audience communication, scripting, staging and characterization, and perform for the IES attendees! Collaborate in the creative process and make some magic!
SYNCHRONIZATION (VM) Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl
1013 Friday, Session 10
Good sync or PERFECT sync? Learn how to awaken your awareness for the differences through exercises and drills. Be prepared to volunteer for the demonstration that shows how to use total focus to achieve better synchronization.
TAG SINGING AND WOODSHEDDING (G) Peggy Gram
713 Friday, Session 7
Let’s sing! We’ll sing lots of tags and have some discussion about how tags teach us the concepts of barbershop harmony. We will even woodshed a tag to a melody we compose!
THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: UNDERSTANDING THE ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
1509 Saturday, Session 15
Come and watch an entertainment package and discuss how to score the Open Division and Entertainment package by focusing on the five elements of Musicality, Unity, Theme/Script/Emcee/Microphone Tech, Creativity and Communication. Learn how each of these elements is evaluated separately and in relationship to each other.
THE BEGINNINGS OF A HAPPY QUARTET (QT) Karen Breidert
714 Friday, Session 7
This class will discuss how a new quartet should align values and goals to develop a cohesive image and vision.
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF LEADERSHIP (L) Thérèse Antonini
1710 Saturday, Session 17
True leadership is challenging and can take a personal toll on individuals, sometimes leading to burnout or poor performance. This class explores how to take care of ourselves and others as leaders, including signs to watch for and how to respond to them. Participants are invited to share their own experiences and participate in exercises to explore creative leadership support approaches.
THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT (D) Vickie Maybury
1302 Friday, Session 13
1510 Saturday, Session 15
Embrace the competitive spirit to propel improvement. This class particularly addresses what might keep women from embracing their competitiveness, talent, drive and ambition.
THE HELPFUL VOICE: LEARNING TO COACH (AC) Sharon Babb
209 Thursday, Session 2
This class will survey initial approaches to becoming a coach and designing a successful coaching experience. It will include various topics for coaches to include in their “tool belt” such as necessary skills, career preparation and credentials, various kinds of session scheduling, preliminaries, resources, remuneration, priorities, first-time experiences and follow-up.
THE INSPIRATIONAL LEADER (G, L) Nancy Field
415 Thursday, Session 4
Inspirational leaders have a vision, set the pace, believe in the future, and connect people to the larger story! This class explores the elements and characteristics of inspirational leadership and the needs of the people you are leading. Learn about skills most relevant in leading yourself, connecting in one-on-one interactions and group settings, and creating an inspiring environment for successful goal achievement.
THE LADDER OF DELEGATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY (G, L) Thérèse Antonini
314 Thursday, Session 3
1014 Friday, Session 10
This class explores the degrees of delegation and accountability and the decision-making processes to assist in determining the appropriate degree in any given situation. The class includes discussion of the value that delegation and accountability management contribute to succession planning.
THE MAGIC OF RING (VM) Lisa Popeil
315 Thursday, Session 3
“Ring” describes frequencies in the human voice which create the illusion of great vocal carrying power. These frequencies are perceived by human hearing as piercing, metallic or bell-like sounds in the voice. By amplifying ring and other resonance, singers can create excitement and volume without stress to the vocal folds.
THE POWER IS YOU: LIVING LIFE ON A HIGH NOTE (G) Jan Carley
715 Friday, Session 7
1303 Friday, Session 13
1511 Saturday, Session 15
“Success is the art of being who you already are.” This foundational class by Inner Coach of Barbershop Jan Carley provides the proven critical elements to building a success foundation (starting with you)! In this class you will be introduced to Jan’s signature personal mastery “Overtone System” as outlined in her book, The Overtone Effect, where she uses the phenomenon of overtones as a metaphor for creating results that go well beyond what you ever thought possible. Learn how to step into your signature brilliance with ease and adopt a generative growth mindset to open your greatest possibilities. We’ll talk about the brain and learn how two simple words can shift our mindsets from stuck, tunnel-thinking to creativity and insight. Jan’s unique personal mastery work has positively transformed the lives of thousands of barbershoppers worldwide. Come and find out why!
THE VOICE AND VOICINGS: WHAT THE SOUND AND MUSIC CATEGORIES HAVE IN COMMON (D) Sharon Babb
1015 Friday, Session 10
Participants are encouraged to bring music they are considering using in competition for review. This class presents a study of how the Music and Sound categories overlap and how they differ in content and emphasis. It will also explore how to prepare music to succeed in both.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHY OF QUARTET COACHING (QT) Karen Breidert
1016 Friday, Session 10
This class addresses the many questions that arise when a quartet decides to use a coach, such as how to select a coach, how many coaches to have, and how to thoroughly benefit from a coaching session.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR TEACHING CHOREOGRAPHY (VL) Judy Pozsgay
1017 Friday, Session 10
1412 Saturday, Session 14
This interactive class focuses on providing visual team leaders with practical takeaways as we explore various ideas on how to more effectively teach choreography with the goal of improved performance and retention.
TRAINING GAMES FOR PERFORMERS (PF) Kim Wonders
716 Friday, Session 7
This interactive class will give performers tools and training in concentration, imagination and energy onstage by helping them learn how to move meaningfully and use their whole body during their performance.
UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF BALLAD PHRASING (G) Dale Syverson
1018 Friday, Session 10
1413 Saturday, Session 14
This class will explore the information that is to be found within the ballad’s lyrics and music that can propel a singer forward in vocal production and improve their storytelling.
USING MY OUTSIDE VOICE: PRINCIPLES OF ARRANGING CONTESTABLE MUSIC (EA, NA) Sharon Babb
416 Thursday, Session 4 (For Experienced Arrangers)
504 Thursday, Session 5 (For Novice Arrangers)
This class will acquaint arrangers with how music judges listen to their arrangements in contest and know which nuances have special impact by surveying contest songs and considering the following traits: structure, voicings, progressions, transitions and embellishments.
USING YOUR ONSTAGE VOICE: PRINCIPLES OF OPEN DIVISION/ ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE (PF) Sharon Babb
1711 Saturday, Session 17
Review the five criteria that judges consider when judging an Open Division or Entertainment Package by seeing examples of regional and international performances.
VENUS/MARS…YIN/YANG: HOW PERSONALITY TYPE INFLUENCES BEHAVIOR (G, ML) Leslie Galbreath
607 Thursday, Session 6
1304 Friday, Session 13
Our personality styles influence the ways we participate in this team sport called barbershop — on the risers and in our other endless opportunities to contribute, grow and develop. Knowing more about personality styles can help us understand ourselves and others better to realize even greater rewards from this journey. Key objectives include learning how personality styles affect participation and contribution in an organization and learning how to utilize the different personality styles to achieve organizational goals.
VOCAL AND VISUAL FREEDOM (G) Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl
316 Thursday, Session 3
Perfect balance between a tension-free body and voice is optimal for producing overtones. Learn how to take a step forward in being the BEST YOU CAN BE by getting out of your comfort zone to achieve physical freedom, and acknowledging the checkpoints necessary for vocal freedom.
VOCAL PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPING RESONANCE FOR YOUNG WOMEN (YWIH) Vickie Maybury
317 Thursday, Session 3
Understand more about pubescent voices and the issues that young singers have to overcome. Learn strategies and tools to teach young singers resonance and skill-building.
VOCAL SKILLS FOR QUARTETS (QT) Karen Breidert
210 Thursday, Session 2
This class will stress the importance of working on singing skills instead of just songs. It will include vocal warmups designed to include tuning, vowel matching, and listening skills.
WHAT THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR: DECIPHERING YOUR SCORESHEET COMMENTS (YWIH) Becki Hine
1414 Saturday, Session 14
Learn to understand what the comments on your scoresheets mean and how to use those comments to plan rehearsals. Bring your scoresheets with you to class! Students not competing in the Rising Star contest will learn about the scoresheet elements in each judging category.
WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME?: THE POWER OF WORDS (L) Thérèse Antonini
417 Thursday, Session 4
1305 Friday, Session 13
This class will bust the myth of the old “Sticks and Stones” rhyme and will explore some of the neuroscience behind why words have so much power. Participants will play with words to help discover techniques to help get our true message across and achieve better outcomes from our conversations. A discussion about the role of social media in communication will be included.
WHAT DOES THAT EXPRESSION MEAN?: OVERVIEW OF THE EXPRESSION CATEGORY (AJ) Marcia Pinvidic
505 Thursday, Session 5
This class offers an in-depth discussion of the Expression category. Come to learn what the Expression judge listens for in a performance, how to better understand the elements addressed by this category judge, and how Expression relates to other categories.
YWIH CHORUS REHEARSALS (YWIH) Becki Hine
418 Thursday, Session 4
608 Thursday, Session 6
1019 Friday, Session 10
1512 Saturday, Session 15
1713 Saturday, Session 17
This class is only available to young women singers (ages 25 and younger). Elevate your barbershop knowledge as you rehearse the youth chorus songs with your new chorus friends. Over the course of the six rehearsal times with Becki, the YWIH Chorus will put together a show package to perform during the Closing Show on Saturday. Each rehearsal will build on the previous session and encompass correct words, phrasing, and delivery while developing the characterization and choreography of the performance. There will also be opportunity for solo auditions.
YOU TOO CAN READ KEY SIGNATURES AND SIGHT READ! (G, ML) Suzy Lobaugh
717 Friday, Session 7
1712 Saturday, Session 17
In this class specifically designed for non-musicians, you will learn simple, straightforward methods for recognizing and learning key signatures and note naming, along with how to apply them to begin sight singing.
YOUR VOICE ON PAPER: PRINCIPLES OF BARBERSHOP SONGWRITING (G) Sharon Babb
910 Friday, Session 9
1306 Friday, Session 13
1415 Saturday, Session 14
This class is an exploration of what was learned from the "Bursting with Song!" songwriting contest. Why did some songs achieve recognition when others did not? This class will denote the important properties of songwriting by exploring notable song submissions.
INVEST in Yourself. EMPOWER Others. SING As One!
Sweet Adelines International