View this email in your browser

Laughter is the best medicine

By Linda Brehaut, International President

A new month already – I think I missed April somehow!  Unlike the last time you heard from me, I am comfortably home post-surgery and getting my feet back under me.
I must tell you that the best dose of medicine is laughter!  I had the privilege of being the Installing Officer for New England Voices in Harmony on April 26 (via Zoom, of course). I signed on a few minutes early and was treated to the beautiful sounds you hear during the first rehearsal, post AC&C. The energy was still high, the stories still being told, the pure sound of joy that so many of us have experienced long after the convention is over. Congratulations, Area 2, for another successful AC&C.
I can’t wait to hear how things go in Area 3. As I write this, I am imaging the pre-AC&C anxiety setting in – what to pack, what time to leave, how will I do everything I want to do and, of course, should I book Monday off work!  But these thoughts quickly change once you arrive on site and are surrounded with friends and music – from anxiety to an excitement that just consumes you.
The IBOD is preparing for their Mid-Year Meeting. Thank you for submitting your agenda items. Please remember we are your Board so do not be afraid to talk to us!  We are working hard to be a member-focused Board – always asking ourselves, “How can we?” or “How will this?” serve our members. If you wonder what we might be chatting about this time around, the meeting agenda will be posted on the web site.
Stay healthy, stay happy and reach out to each other.

Congratulations to all the contestants at the Area 2 Convention and Contests!


Area 2 Chorus Contest Results:

5th place - 800 pts - 66.7% - Maine-ly Harmony
4th place - 829 pts - 69.1% - Harmony Heritage Chorus
3rd place - 865 pts - 72.1% - Women of Note
2nd place - 924 pts - 77.0 - Sounds of the Seacoast
1st place Area 2 Chorus Champion - 959 pts - 79.9% - New England Voices in Harmony
Area 2 Directors Award - Renee Tramack & Samantha Tramack
Area 2 Achievement Award (highest score, excluding medalists of the past 3 years and immediate AC&C winners) - Women of Note
Small Chorus Award (highest ranking chorus having 25 or fewer members, excluding immediate AC&C winners)
Rising Star Award (greatest improvement in total score in consecutive AC&C contests) - Harmony Heritage Chorus
Membership Award (chapter with highest percentage growth within the previous year) - Silk'n Sounds Chorus and Harmony Heritage Chorus

Qualifiers for HI International in November:

ALL competing choruses are qualified and invited to International this year!
NoteAble Blend
Silk'n Sounds Chorus
Maine-ly Harmony
Harmony Heritage Chorus
Women of Note
Sounds of the Seacoast
New England Voices in Harmony

Area 2 Quartet Contest Results

5th place - 791 pts - 65.9% - Kismet Quartet
4th place - 803 pts - 66.9% - Life's a Pitch Quartet
3rd place - 861 pts - 71.8% - True Colors Quartet
2nd place - 909 pts - 75.8% - SweetLife
1st place Area 2 Quartet Champion - 911 pts - 75.9% - New Q
Most Improved total score and Most Improved PER score - Out On A Limb

Qualifiers for HI International in November:

ALL competing quartets are qualified and invited to International this year!
Out On A Limb
Free Spirits
Life's A Pitch
True Colors
Sweet Life
New Q

Area Contests 

Area 6 AC&C 
March 31-April 3, 2022
See results
Area 2 AC&C
April 21-24, 2022
See results
Area 3 AC&C
April 29-May 1, 2022
See results
Area 5 AC&C
May 27-29, 2022
Area 1 AC&C
June 2-5, 2022
Area 4 AC&C
June 10-12, 2022
Late Entry Cut-off Date May 11, 2022

ONYX smiles for the camera.
FROM LEFT: Kelly Thomas (tenor), Amy Chop (lead), Jenn Haines (bass), Michelle Odendahl (baritone)




Welcome to Area 5's Onyx!

While these lovely faces may be familiar to many, this new Area 5 and A Capella Showcase member combination is brand new!

Michelle joined Amy and Jenn in 2020 and the pandemic halted her first-time quartet experience after only a few rehearsals. During that time, their previous tenor decided to retire and that inspired them to start a new quartet with whomever would join them! Once it was safe to sing together again, they auditioned for a new tenor. Kelly was an amazing fit vocally and brings many years of quartet experience. These four all love being in a quartet, especially with the personal challenge and plunging into something new.

The inevitable name decision difficulty involved many brainstorm sessions and lists shared by email, random moments of inspiration texted at all hours of the day, top 10 lists, and research into quartet name history. They wanted something memorable, marketable, and translatable to costumes and presentation. Kelly’s mother suggested Onyx and it immediately clicked with all four members. The name holds personal connections for each of them and has been fun to develop a style around.

Each Onyx member loves serving as board members, too! Among them, they have a Harmony, Inc. International Board member, Area 5 Council member, A Cappella Showcase Board member, and President of ComicsPro, an international organization for professional comic retailers and small business owners.

Onyx rehearses in person as close to weekly as possible. Since they have a lot of things on their schedule and a couple of travel-loving members, they schedule rehearsals a few weeks to months ahead. Currently, they’re focused on preparing for Area 5 AC&C and building their repertoire. They will also be participating in the Ontario Barbershop Showcase at the end of April, singing at Michelle’s daughter’s wedding in June, and have a goal to perform in their communities in the future! 

If you see Onyx around Area 5 AC&C or virtually on Facebook, please give them a warm, Harmony, Inc. hello! 

Meet Your Harmony, Inc. Quartet Promotion Team!

Like so many aspects of Harmony, Inc., we have phenomenal members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our organization the best it can be. I am proud to showcase the Quartet Promotion Team - whom I have had the honor to work with since becoming QDC in 2020 - on the Harmony, Inc. website.

We meet monthly to chat about all things quartets and brainstorm how we can better assist our Areas with quartet promotion. Reach out to your Area Quartet Promotion Chair for support and ideas!




Together again in Verona!

By Allison Thompson, Convention Manager
It is officially contest season and we are so thrilled that all of our Areas will have contestants crossing the stage.

As you start thinking about IC&C, please visit the website for all the information you need regarding deadlines, costs, location, accommodations, the convention agenda, opportunities to volunteer, and - this being Harmony - forms for everything. 

We can’t wait to see all of you in Verona for our first live convention in three years!

Live Performance Music Licensing 

By Sara Stone, Director Programs (Music and Education)

Harmony Inc, and its Areas and Chapters are required to pay fees to three separate U.S. music licensing agencies, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC whenever we perform music at live events that we organize, such as Chapter Shows, AC&Cs and IC&C.  It is important that we include all three agencies to be fully covered for the music that we perform.  If you do not have your own accounts in place with each of these agencies, you can fulfill this requirement by reporting your activity through Harmony, Inc.

Canadian Chapters/Areas must report their performance activity to SOCAN with whom we do not currently have an umbrella license. This reporting must be done independently by each chapter/area and therefore the form referred to below is not applicable in Canada.

By completing Form HAR-122 found in the Members Only section of the website, your chapter will fall under umbrella agreements with these licensing organizations.  Therefore, instead of your chapter paying fees directly to ASCAP/BMI/SESAC, you will submit your information to Harmony Inc. and we will report on your behalf.  Your Chapter/Area will be billed for your portion of fees paid under Harmony, Inc.’s licensing agreements.  These fees will typically be less than you would pay directly to these organizations to perform your music.

We have updated form - HAR-122 ASCAP/BMI/SESAC Live Event Reporting Form.  This new form replaces both HAR-122 Contest ASCAP/BMI/SESAC Event Reporting Form and HAR-125 Chapter ASCAP/BMI/SESAC Event Reporting Form effective March 15, 2022.

Please review the linked form and familiarize yourself with the information contained therein. This form needs to be completed and sent in whenever the following events take place:

• Chapter Show: to be completed by the Chapter Representative within 10 days following the event
• AC&C: to be completed by the AC&C Registrar or designee within 10 days following the event
• IC&C: to be completed by the IC&C Registrar or designee within 10 days following the event
• Any other live public event that you organize when you are not an invited guest

This form will be automatically sent to the Copyright & Licensing Coordinator and the Finance Assistant.  If you have questions about completing this form, please contact the Finance Assistant at

If you have questions about the information contained in this communication, please contact the Director Programs (Music and Education) at or the Finance Assistant at



  Year-End is upon us!

By Jan DelVecchio, Vice-President Finance

Most Harmony, Inc. chapters operate with a fiscal year of April 1 – March 31.  This will require U.S. Chapters, to file an electronic postcard 990-N with the IRS by August 15, 2022.  Canadian Chapters are required to file a T2 with CRA by September 20, 2022.
Additionally, all Chapters are reminded that they are required to send to the VP Finance a copy of the notice that they receive from their respective tax agency advising that their filing has been received.  You will receive this notice by email if you filed electronically or by ground mail if that is how you filed. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.




Exciting projects are underway!

Wondering what your Membership Team has been up to lately? You would be amazed at the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. I thought you’d like to know some of the amazing things that are in the works:

Bev Jackson, our New Chapter Development Coordinator, is busy answering questions from women interested in starting new chapters with Harmony, Inc. and keeping in touch with prospective chapters, ensuring they are supported through every step of the chartering process, start to finish. If you know a group of women who may want to start a new chapter of Harmony, Inc., please ask them to contact Bev.

Bonita Hester, our Membership Coordinator and Chair of the Equity and Diversity Committee, is beginning the important work of recruiting members for the committee. Each year the President approves a new slate of members at the recommendation of the Chair. The EDC knows there is benefit in having every area of Harmony, Inc. represented at the table, including the expansion area.  If you are interested in being a part of this important committee, please contact Bonita.

Jessica Jones, our Quartet Development Coordinator, has been busy with quartet renewals, making sure our quartets are registered in time for AC&C. She’s also been featuring quartets in recent HI Note articles. Jessica meets regularly with Quartet Promotion Chairs from each area and is always looking for new ways to support our quartets. If you have any questions about how to start a quartet, please contact Jessica.

Kristin Gunasekera, our Youth Programs Coordinator, will be meeting with Area Youth Coordinators in order to offer support and ensure these vital positions are active in every Area. Supporting the needs of our youth is essential for Harmony Inc. growth. With IC&C coming up, Kristin will soon be busy getting the Minor Chords organized and ready to perform in November.  Contact Kristin if you have any questions about youth programs.

As for me, your Director of Membership, I’ve been supporting chapters that are on reserve status, developing onboarding documents for new Chapter and Associate members, updating online resource material for recruitment and retention, participating on a task force to revise the Find Your Voice material and providing input as part of a working group on data collection standards.
This is just a snapshot of the recent work of the Membership Team. It certainly doesn’t cover all the things we are doing but it gives you an idea of how our Assistants and the IBOD are working to make Harmony Stronger!

Association of Harmony Queens Travel Fund news 

By Judi Johnston, AHQ Travel Fund Chair
Eligibility criteria and maximum grant amounts have changed! 

The Harmony Queens Travel Fund is available to assist Chapters and Areas in bringing Harmony Queens to perform on their Chapter Shows or teach at their Educational Events and Youth Events.  You could be eligible for up to $1,500 in financial assistance towards the actual cost of travel and accommodation for the Queens quartet of your choice. 

Details can be found here  Queens Travel Fund - Harmony, Inc. ( and a list of active queens can be found herActive Harmony Queens - Harmony, Inc. (  Funding is allocated on a first come first served basis so don't delay if you are planning an event this year!
  • to the family and friends of Donna Varpio, long time member and beloved friend of Nickel City Sound (Area 5), passed away in October 2021.  Donna held many leadership positions during her notable time with the chorus and more recently presided at an Installation ceremony. It is with sadness we announce the passing of our riser sister.
  • to the family and friends of Vohnny Weyrick, charter member of Sounds of the Seacoast (Area 2), former dual member of Women of Note, and bass of many Area 2 quartets. Vohnny passed peacefully on April 1, 2022.
Save the date!

Joe Liles: A celebration of his life and music

Saturday, May 28, 2022 • Social hour 1pm, Program 2-4 p.m. + 
Delta Hotel by Marriott • Racine, Wisconsin • (262) 886-6100

Kay Liles and family invite you to share happy memories of our dear friend and towering musical inspiration. 

Mark your calendar and start making travel arrangements to Milwaukee or Chicago O’Hare airports. The Racine Delta Marriott offers a special rate to attendees, so be sure to mention the Celebration of Life for Joe Liles.

ALL ARE WELCOME — be ready to SING and LAUGH!

Attention all Harmony, Inc. shoppers! 

The Harmony Shoppe has re-opened.  Thank you for your patience! 

Click on the Harmony Shoppe logo on the Harmony, Inc. homepage (or above) to enter the Harmony Shoppe.  Remember that you can choose to have prices displayed in Canadian or U.S. dollars. 

In celebration of the grand re-opening they are offering a special pre-order on an “I 💛 Harmony” T-shirt.  Orders must be placed before May 12.  Don’t miss out!

Deadlines approaching!

  • May 13: 6:30pm - 9:30 pm EST
  • May 14: 9:00am - 5:00 pm EST
  • May 15: 1:00pm - 4:00 pm EST (if needed)
JULY 15: IC&C room reservations open.

AUGUST 15: U.S. Chapters file 990-N with IRS.

SEPTEMBER 30: Canadian Chapters file T2 with Revenue Canada.

NOVEMBER 2-6: IC&C, Verona, N.Y.

The next issue of the HI Note comes to your inbox May 20. What would YOU like to read about in that issue? Share your thoughts with by May 13. 

See you in a couple weeks! 

Quick links! 


Harmony Chat!
Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association

Copyright © 2022 Harmony, Inc., All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp