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Inside View - San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes

 Last weekend I was in San Francisco for the Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes.  I've been there before - 2003 as competitor and 2004 as  host.  It was nice to be back - held in the Palace of Fine Arts right in the most interesting (imo) section of San Francisco.

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Inside View - Pacific North West Harmony Sweepstakes

 I was in Olympia, WA last Saturday competing with one of my groups, 'Essence of Larynx,' at the Pacific North West Harmony Sweepstakes.  We took thirth (third place, but two groups tied for second, so we were actually fourth...).

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Recipe for Spicing Up Your Live Show

Live a cappella concerts are a human-to-human interaction.  They speak to us in ways recordings often can't.  But once you know your songs, you program your set well, you stage it well, now what?  How can you turn this generic meal into a tasty treat? Follow these simple tips to really make the show fun for your audience.  There are a zillion other ways, but here are some quick and easy spices from the producer's cupboard...

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Keeping Your Heart Connection

When singing becomes detached from its reason for existence, it no longer nourishes either the singer or the audience.   Historically, as in ‘from the dawn of time’, people have sung when emotions both good and bad grew too big for mere speech and then needed to be expressed in a form able to carry more emotional weight.  When a song becomes subordinate to a singer’s ego, when the singer doesn’t connect with either the words or dominant feeling of the song, then it’s just a whole lot of noise and no heart.  Virtuosic noise can be exciting, b

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Making the Most of Your Spring Break Tour

It's snowing horizontally in Manhattan today.  You know what that means -- SPRING BREAK!! Yes, despite the weather, we actually have already passed Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of Lent.  Which means Easter, April showers, and May flowers are around the corner.  College students everywhere are enjoying a lovely spring break.  For many a cappella groups, that means it's time for a tour! featureimage: