2023 Harmony College Northwest will be for singers!!
Harmony College Northwest: June 16-18, 2023
Arrangers Workshop: June 15-16, 2023
University of Puget Sound campus, Tacoma, WA
Artistic License will be our Headliners for 2023!! The quartet earned the 2011 champions of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an honor won in their very first attempt! Recently, the quartet has earned honors as one of the Top 10 quartets in the world, a distinction earned at the International Barbershop Harmony Championships, which included groups from as far away as Sweden, Spain, England, Australia and New Zealand.The quartet comes to us from the greater Sacramento, CA area.
Bass is Jason Dyer. He earned his music degree from Sacramento State University. Gabe Caretto is their baritone. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music. His early years were spent in the Evergreen District, and he is now the Music Director for the Voices of California chorus. Lead is Rich Brunner. He also has a Music Degree and is a four-time Far Western District champ. Julian Kusnadi, tenor, sings professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also one of the founding fathers of the super-successful Fog City Singers (a men’s choral group based in San Francisco). These four men bring a wealth of talent with them to HCNW 2023.
Students will find a wide selection of classes specifically chosen to meet their needs. New barbershoppers, chorus singers, quartetters, directors, “music geeks”…we have lots of courses for every interest. See the course titles and descriptions to get started!
Once again, HCNW is planning to include a limited number of 20- or 40-minute voice lessons during class sessions. Sign up for these when you sign up for classes.
Our faculty are experts in their areas and are so excited to be part of the HCNW team that they volunteer their time. Your brain will be stuffed to the brim with information and ideas! After you are registered and paid in full, you will receive details about how to access the handouts, music, and learning tracks for the weekend.
If you are a music educator, attending HCNW and the Arrangers’ Workshop can help you earn clock hours each summer. Once we’re closer to the 2023 weekend, the posted schedules along with the class descriptions should be adequate document for your state to approve for clock hours. If you need something additional, please contact Judy Galloway.
Bring your whole chorus and experience up to four incredible coaching sessions. When your chorus isn’t being coached, your chorus members can choose from our wide array of classes. We suggest the “divide and conquer” method for those times when you don’t have coaching: have your chorus members all take different classes, then compare notes and return to your regular rehearsal schedule with lots of tips and ideas. This is a coaching and class experience that will positively light a fire under your chapter’s singers.
We will have an array of coaches available for private coaching sessions to help your quartet achieve its goals whether that is better community performances, improved scores at contest, or getting the most from your chart. In addition to great coaches, we plan to have a host of classes that can bring new skills and understandings to your quartet.
Directors wear many hats, you are bound to find classes to help with everything from learning to delegate, to creating better section leaders, to how to get your chorus to learn music faster, or how to use PVIs to improve the vocal skills of your whole chorus.
We have many courses specifically designed for musical leaders. Take classes on how to get more out of the music (and your chorus), or take some courses on how to be a coach. Fine-tune your musical ear with some of the vocal production classes and, of course, widen your network of other chapter music leaders to ask questions and tap them for solutions.
QUARTET / CHORUS COACHING SESSIONS
What an opportunity! No score sheet, no spotlight. You call the shots! Coach once, coach all available sessions, or coach anything in between: it’s ALL included in your registration to Harmony College! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to attend HCNW as a quartet or chorus and make huge leaps in your skill levels.
We will have coaches ready to serve your needs. Tell us about your quartet and/or chorus and what you see as your challenges, and we’ll find coaches to support you. Our excellent caliber of coaches from far and wide will give you some new perspectives and ideas. Have a favorite coach? We can’t promise, but we’ll do what we can.
Most quartets and choruses coach two or three sessions, and then take some of our excellent courses for the rest of the weekend. This “divide and conquer” method is a great strategy because we have a TON of courses to help your group increase their musical education. We have courses that will help you run your rehearsals, find performances, improve your visual skills, and even figure out the true identity of your group.
Want to get coached the whole weekend? We can help you do that too! Our cadre of fantastic coaches will help you with all facets of your music and performance skills.
HISTORY: The Evergreen District of the Barbershop Harmony Society celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2022. June 12, 1947 is our District’s official birthday. The Evergreen District started Harmony College Northwest back in the summer of 1980, as the District’s premier educational event for members throughout the District. This June marks our HCNW’s 43rd birthday!