Develop your students’ vocal skills with the unique American art form of barbershop music!

Sweet Adelines International invites Music Educators to join us in St. Louis for the Young Women In Harmony Music Educator Workshop. This free-of-charge workshop will provide resources for introducing four-part a cappella barbershop harmony into your vocal music program.

Young Women In Harmony Music Educator Workshop- CANCELED
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9 a.m. – Noon
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Mary Institute & Country Day School,  Brauer Hall
101 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124

Let's talk, barbershop:

What is barbershop harmony?
In simple terms, barbershop harmony is an American art form featuring four voice parts singing with close vocal harmonies.

What are music educators saying?
“I love their ability to communicate and I really do attribute that to their singing barbershop.” 
– Lori Lyford, Choral Director, Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ

“Experience with barbershop music has some wonderful benefits for students – from building fabulous aural skills, great intonation, a sense of true harmonic structure to outstanding poise and expressive, engaged faces!“
– Dr. Lynne Gackle, Baylor University School of Music, ACDA National President-elect

What are students saying?
“Being in barbershop has helped me a lot with my musicianship skills like reading music and theory.”
–Student, Gaither High School, Tampa, FL

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Workshop Presenters:

  • Debbie Baker is a 12-year member of Sweet Adelines, who has 18 years’ experience teaching secondary vocal music in the Tulsa Union public schools. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Tulsa and is a National Board Certified Vocal Music educator. Her women’s choirs have won numerous competitions and consistently earn outstanding ratings at local, state and national choral competitions. In 2014, the Union Harmony high school women’s chorus was selected as a featured performer at the Oklahoma Music Educators annual convention. She has served as Region 25’s Young Women In Harmony coordinator for three years and on the Regional Area Vocal Education committee. Debbie is currently section director and member of the music team for Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus. Her quartet, Z4!, placed third at 2012 regional competition, also winning the coveted Novice award that same year. In 2013, Debbie was awarded the Sweet Adelines' NAfME award in recognition of her integration of barbershop music into her school’s choral music curriculum. She has had 10 student quartets compete at her region’s youth quartet contest and helped develop an outreach program with Talk of Tulsa Show Chorus raising thousands of dollars for both the chorus and her school choir programs. She is now serving as the Director of Education for Sweet Adelines International.
  • Karen Wysocky is a National Board Certified teacher and has taught high school choral music for 31 years at West Bend High School in West Bend, Wisconsin. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. While at West Bend, Wysocky directed three curricular choirs and two extra-curricular groups. She also produced an annual madrigal dinner and directed, choreographed and produced the annual school musical. Wysocky’s choirs have performed at the Wisconsin State music convention and the American Choral Directors regional convention. In addition, they have performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and in Carnegie Hall and have won two national competitions. At West Bend, Wysocky developed an auditioned curricular Young Women in Harmony Choir (Vivace!). Under her direction, Vivace! has performed at the Wisconsin State Music Teachers convention and at Sweet Adeline’s Regional Conventions and workshops. The group also participated in annual solo/ensemble district festivals, consistently receiving superior ratings at the district and state levels. Wysocky also prepared and accompanied five barbershop quartets to the International Young Women In Harmony competition. Professionally, Wysocky was on the region 22 faculty where she taught voice lessons during workshops. In addition, she sang with Crosstown Harmony Chorus and eventually became their frontline director for three years. She also sang tenor in the barbershop quartet, Marlakey, which placed fourth in regional competition two years in a row. She has also sung with River City Sound Chorus in Belvedere, Illinois.


Sweet Adelines International
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