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Do you have a local barbershop chorus? I recently became the director of our local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. I got a scholarship to go to “Harmony University” last summer. This is a week long workshop that has you in classes from 9AM to 9PM. I took directors courses so I had classes on effective rehearsals, sound production, theory and conducting. I have a music education degree, but still found the week extremely helpful in my school job and barbershop directing job. Barbershoppers are a great group of people who care very strongly about their hobby and take improving musical experiences very seriously. If you are a guy you can join the group in your area or you could go observe and probably learn quite a bit. (There are girl barbershoppers too…they are called Sweet Adalines) I’m sure the director would be interested in helping. You can find more information at