BarbershopNOW – Your August Issue

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2017 Membership Survey
We Asked, You Answered!

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2017 Membership Survey
We Asked, You Answered!

The 2017 member survey drew a 33 percent response rate – phenomenal! International President Paula Davis shares the findings and some future initiatives.

Dear Sweet Adelines,
Last spring, over 7,300 of you participated in our member survey, responding to a number of questions on topics ranging from membership recruitment/retention to marketing, music and a myriad of other topics.
Over 33 percent of you engaged in this survey! Your thoughts and desires have revealed the passion and insight that only those who love what they do can bring. We hear you and have been working and planning with your thoughts and desires in mind. Thank you for taking the time to respond; for sharing your experiences and hopes; and for helping inform the international board as we build our strategic plan for the future.
What you’ll see are summarized comments, along with the response percentages and numbers exactly as we received them. Headquarters has a complete list of comments; however, they fill three 3-ring binders, so summarization was very necessary.

In the coming months, you will see and hear more about how your responses helped shape our pathway to the future. While there are challenges ahead, we know that we have the passion, determination and creativity to meet and exceed the needs of the future.
Thank you for working with us as we continue to bring music and harmony to our lives, our communities and our world.
Happy reading!
Paula Davis
President, Sweet Adelines International

The IBOD Election Process/Slate
By Paula Davis, international president
Each March, IBOD’s executive committee appoints five members to the nominating committee. Three are current IBOD members; two are non-IBOD members.
These five women review applications and references and conduct a phone interview with each applicant. Then the committee meets “electronically” to discuss observations, findings and overall impressions.
Each committee member then emails her choice of applicants to the nominating committee chair and to the corporate services department at headquarters. These individuals serve as “tellers,” who compare tally sheets and prepare an Election Recap Report for the international president. The president calls and informs applicants whether or not they are on the candidate slate.
Each Chapter, Member-at-Large and Chapter-at-Large member will be contacted by email with instructions for voting online. Chapter-at-Large members’ votes are totaled and counted as one chapter’s vote. Member-at-Large votes are handled the same way.
Voting is a member privilege and responsibility, and gives you input into the direction and decisions of the international organization.
We are happy to announce the nominees for two expiring terms on the 2018-2019 board: Thérese Antonini, North Metro Chapter, Region #16; Sharon Cartwright, Northern Beaches Chapter, Region #34; Jeanne d’Arc (JD) Crowe, Canadian Showtime Chapter, Region #16; Janice McKenna, Pacific Sound Chorus, Region #13.

Biographical information provided by each candidate can be found by viewing the Nominee Flyer. Voting will close at 3:00 p.m. CST/8:00 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

IES was the BEST!

We celebrated historic strengths and raised the a cappella roof to the stratosphere. Read and relive it in the October Pitch Pipe or visit our Facebook page to watch videos of the fun!
Fantastic Foursomes
We found the Four of the Future! Congratulations to Adrenaline, our 2017 Rising Star Champion Quartet, crowned at IES.
Another happy shout out to our first Mixed Harmony Quartet Contest winners, Three Queens and a Joker!

Shout Out to 2017 Sweet Adelines Award Recipients

Our congratulations and gratitude to these Sweet Adelines for their unwavering commitment to our educational mission, our music and our international sisterhood.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy Field, Vocal Matrix Chapter, #14; Ann Gooch Award: Jenny Lawson, Surrey Harmony Chapter, #31; National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Award: Annette Lambrecht, Windsong Chapter, #8

Las Vegas is (Almost) a Wrap

It’s our third and final year in Las Vegas. We can’t wait to hear you there!
Be a pro in the know: Visit or download our Las Vegas app before you arrive. (Coming Soon!)

No fee. No code. Just barbershop harmony for everyone.
Thousands of barbershop lovers around the world tune in for our international competition webcast – there’s no code, no cost! We’ve been live streaming this explosion of global harmony for free for 16 years, thanks to donors like you. Thank you for your support! For webcast schedule, instructions and donations, click here.

Educational Classes at International Competition

Monday, Oct. 9: General membership class offerings
• The ABC’s of Copyright
• Harmonize Your World – Living a Happy SA Life – Creating and Keeping Happy Members
• PVI Roulette
• Music Selection – Is This the Right Song
• Music Selection – How Barbershop Is It?
Friday, Oct. 13: Quartet music education class with Speed of Sound
Saturday, Oct. 14: Chorus music education class with Rönninge Show Chorus

Sign Up to Sing with the Technical Chorus – Deadline Extended!

The deadline to sign up and sing with the Technical Chorus has been extended to Sept. 8. If you aren’t competing this year but still want a chance to sing on the international stage, we want you to come sing with us! Under the direction of Anna Alvring and Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl, co-directors of 2017 International Champion Rönninge Show Chorus, the 2017 Technical Chorus will perform How We Sand Today, Carolina In The Morning, San Francisco Bay Blues, Send Your Love, Harmonize The World and That’s What Friends are For. Learn more and sign up by Sept. 8.

Diversity – Journeys to Inclusion

What is “diversity”? What is “inclusion”? Is there a difference between “equality” and “equity”? The Diversity Task Force will be facilitating a workshop where you can explore your own understanding and the understanding of others. We’ll also learn about why our brains make so many assumptions, and why those assumptions are so unreliable.

Workshop outcomes will be focused on:
• Discovering and practicing activities for awareness and personal growth that are suitable for a chorus retreat or a team/committee meeting;
• Creating tools and best-approaches to help individuals and groups succeed in having challenging conversations; AND still want to sing together afterwards!
• Take home barbershopper-ready ways to explore the next steps in your personal journey to greater inclusion practices.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, October 10th at 10:00 a.m. for this 90-minute workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand. Further details will be released closer to the event.

Click here to RSVP by Sept. 13.

Be a Sweet Adelines Ambassador!

Tell potential members about Sweet Adelines with all the heart and passion that only you can share. As for facts, history and selling points – we’ve covered all the details for you in The Ambassador Handbook. Visit the marketing center to download your copy or international sales to purchase a bundle.

YSF Forever Young 25th Anniversary Campaign

Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Young Singers Foundation with a donation of $25 or more. Join us and donate today!

YWIH Video Chorus Contest Winners

Congratulations to our young champions! Meet the YWIH Video Chorus Contest winners: The Treblemakers, Arizona; Embellished, New Zealand; Macappella, New Zealand.

Important Dates

Aug. 1-25: Young Singers Foundation Forever Young Campaign
Aug. 31: Convention housing block closes
Sept. 13: Sign up deadline for Diversity – Journeys to Inclusion
Oct. 9-14: 71st International Convention & Competition, Las Vegas, Nev.
Oct.10: Convention webcast begins: opening address/Harmony Classic
Oct 10: Diversity Workshop – Journeys to Inclusion (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Oct. 2-6: IBOD ballot information emailed during this week
Dec. 6: IBOD ballots due to SA headquarters by 3 p.m. CST. (8 p.m. GMT)
January 2018: Regional competition entries begin
Aug. 11: 2018 Rising Star Competition, Tulsa, Okla.

The Pitch Pipe

In the October issue, watch for a recap of IES along with results for the Rising Star and Mixed Harmony contests. Articles will include the member survey results, IBOD candidate profiles, and an article about the showmanship category, in addition to standard features.

Story submissions for the January 2018 Pitch Pipe: Due by Oct. 25, 2017; send to

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