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IRVINE, Calif., March 17, 2018 — Cross City Harmonizers, a barbershop quartet from three different high schools in the Las Vegas area, have won the 2018 Far Western District High School Quartet Contest.
2018 Harmony Camp will feature Artistic License and Capitol Ring along with clinicians Gabe Caretto (Dean), Ron Black, Chris Lewis, and James Estes. We’re really looking forward to this year; and with your help we’ll have one hundred plus young men at Harmony Camp 2018 in Pollock Pines.
With top level quartets, four top level clinicians, and a hundred young men mixed together for a weekend of barbershop harmony, truly magical things happen during the weekend. And there is so much more that needs communicating about this incredible experience. At Harmony Camp we focus on fundamentals: the fundamentals of vocal singing, proper breathing, and basic posture. Over the weekend the boys experience living in the wonderful world of barbershop harmony Through their learning of four or five songs, learning and singing tags, and participation in the totally positive culture that is barbershop.
An increased emphasis in the Society on musical excellence is fine. We all enjoy and appreciate the fantastic performances of Westminster, Vocal Majority, Masters of Harmony and Ambassadors of Harmony. However, at Harmony Camp, we believe other things are important as well. There are ways of teaching, ways of performing, and ways of approaching barbershop (and all of the arts) that are not based on just that “gold medal” or “first place”. The philosophical underpinnings of Harmony Camp are exhibit #1 for this kind of approach.
At Harmony Camp we do not focus on the Sunday morning show. Let me repeat that: we do not put a lot of our energies into preparation for the Sunday morning show. We do present a one-hour show on Sunday morning for “friends and family”. We do not use costumes or props. The boys simply sing and have fun showing their parents and friends what they have experienced and learned during this intensive weekend immersion into barbershop harmony and barbershop culture. We liken it to being “hot dipped” in barbershop!
What we have found after some fifteen years of running this camp is that many of these boys will eventually become barbershoppers for life.
We also feel that it is very important to expose the boys to the very best talent in the world of barbershop. So our quartet alumni include gold medal champions: Realtime (twice – they asked to come back), OC Times (twice), Vocal Spectrum, Storm Front, Forefront, and Instant Classic.
We also feature four top clinicians instead of just one, as all other camps do, in order to show the boys many different approaches to teaching, directing, and motivating singers on the risers to give their best in singing the songs that they have just learned for the weekend.
It truly is a magical weekend. Why not join us!
FWD Harmony Camp Director
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