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Kudos to all for successful AC&Cs

By Linda Brehaut, International President

AC&C season is over, and the world is a better place because of it!  To every Area Director and AC&C Team (and Area Council), thank you from the entire organization! You stepped out of your comfort zone, focused on what was important to your members, and found ways to make it happen. When glitches like a venue change or last minute changes to the judging panel occurred, everyone just rolled with it and kept looking forward. Thank you to our judging community for your commitment to sharing your knowledge so we can be the best we can be. It is so appreciated. Together, Harmony is Stronger!

New IBOD initiatives

I’m not sure how many of you are following along with the work of the International Board, but some new initiatives are being rolled out. We have been modeling a team approach to decision-making with our eyes focused on strategic goals that will move the organization forward. We are aware that committees and teams have a lot of cross over. (For example, most membership team initiatives require collaboration with the communications team.) In June, we held our first Team Chair Forum. The chairs of each team/committee came together to share the work of their team members and determine how other teams could support each initiative.

Very soon you will hear more about a President’s Advisory Council. This initiative will creative a valuable resource of creative thinkers to help the leadership explore new possibilities or enhance what we already have in place.

Re-charge the batteries

Summer is a great time to get a re-charge on your batteries (or... re-charge you!). I hope you can enjoy some down time over the next couple of months. I am even trying to get the IBOD to take the month of July off meetings!

Keep singing – it is good for you!

Congratulations to all the contestants
at the Area 1 & Area 4
Convention and Contests!

Great job by all the choruses and quartets crossing the stage! Check out the results on the website.

Join an amazing team!

By Gaye La Casce, Executive Vice-President

Here's another invitation to explore ways to use your talents in support of Harmony, Inc.! You'll meet great people, learn new things, and get the "inside scoop" about how your organization works - all by simply contributing a few hours of your skill and talent. What can YOU do to help? Contact me at and plan a chat if you are interested in learning more about:
  • PR Coordinator
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Coordinator for Associate Member
  • Copyright and Licensing 
  • IC&C Convention Team (Registration Manager In Training - see article, below)


Barre-Tones entertain Austrian and Vermont National Guard dignitaries at May event to celebrate a strategic partnership..

Spreading Harmony

By Susan Klein, Chorus Contact

The Barre-Tones (Area 2) recently performed for a prestigious event held at the VonTrapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. Twelve women, under the direction of Carol Hollenbeck, performed as the featured post-dinner entertainment for Vermont National Guard dignitaries, along with Vermont’s Governor and cabinet members. Joining them was a delegation from the Republic of Austria, including the defense minister and other ranking officials. The occasion was the codifying of a strategic partnership between the two governments under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership program.
Since 1993, The National Guard’s State Partnership program has connected over 90 countries to respective state National Guards. In October 2021, the Department of Defense formally notified the Vermont National Guard of their selection to partner with the Republic of Austria. Vermont and Austria’s two militaries plan to conduct many exchanges to mutually improve in areas such as cyber defense, information operations, military mountaineering, and humanitarian and disaster assistance response.
Among the songs the Barre-Tones performed were the Austrian National Anthem – in German – along with the U.S. National Anthem and a selection of other patriotic-themed songs. They also gave a musical nod to their hosts, the Von Trapp family, by singing Edelweiss. The chorus also spoke to the guests between song sets in both English and German – for which the guests were both surprised and pleased.

Dignitaries from both countries presented gifts to the chorus and heaped praise upon our performance and the joy it brought them. If they only knew that the joy was felt ten-fold among the Barre-Tones to perform before such a warm and gracious group.

What's buzzin' this month


How to Start a Relationship with your Local Music Educators

Friday, July 1 @ 7:00 PM ET

Tessa Walker
Facilitator - Anne Colt
Class Description
Ever wonder why the music educators you reach out to don’t answer your emails? Do you struggle to convince the music teachers in your area that they should have their students come to a chapter show? Come and learn some helpful tips that will encourage connection between you, your chapter, and the local music programs in the area. 



Together again in Verona!

Interested in becoming part of the Convention Team? We are looking for a Registration Manager (to start next year - but to shadow the role at this year's IC&C). The registration manager is responsible for all aspects of registration, including pre-registration and the sale of individual tickets. It's a great way to get involved in international convention - and to get to know our members!  Please reach out to for more information or to apply.


If you are interested in promoting your chorus or quartet, or want to offer well wishes, you can order a Big Screen Ad for this year’s IC&C for $35 USD.  These ads will play on the screens in the event center during the breaks at contest time.  For more information or to order your ad click here: HAR-092 ICC Big Screen Ad Contract - Harmony, Inc. (

Calling All Vendors  and Recording Sales!

By Carolyn Pellow, Convention On-Site Manager

Looking for an opportunity to fundraise for your chapter? Why not book a table in the Harmony Mall at 2022 International Convention & Contests in Verona, NY? This is a great opportunity to sell your wares and raise money for your chapter.  

Space will be available in the Harmony Mall for groups who have CD’s or anything else to sell. 
If your chorus is interested in participating, simply follow this link to complete the form and reserve your spot. 

In addition, Harmony would like to provide an opportunity for outside vendors to sell their wares in the Harmony Mall.  If you know of vendors who would like to display and sell their products to the membership (over 800 people), please send their contact information to

Attention all Harmony, Inc. shoppers! 


Looking for Harmony, Inc. merchandise?  Don’t forget to check out the Harmony Shoppe, where you will find HI drinkware (insulated bottles and cups) and miscellaneous accessories (masks, totes, magnets & stickers).    
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 ( and make payment) in Canadian or U.S. dollars.
  • to Amy Hoppe (Sound Celebration, Area 4) on the passing of her sister, Major Beth Brown, United States Army Retired.
  • to Betsy Long (Coastal Voices, Area 6) on the passing of her husband, Don Long, on June 5, 2022.
  • to Cyndi Roush (Coastal Voices, Area 6) on the passing of her husband, Jerry Roush, on May 10, 2022.

Your donations to the For Love of Harmony program enable you to identify individuals or groups to receive special recognition, while at the same time providing a monetary gift to Harmony, Inc. 

💛 From Sugartones (Area 5) with many thanks to Amy Patterson and the Area 5 AC&C team for all you did to make it possible for us to cross the stage this year.

Deadlines approaching!

JULY 1: Deadline to submit application package and a General Knowledge Test for the judging program. Contact Sue Novosad, the ICJ Committee Training Coordinator to request an application now.  

JULY 1: Keep your quartet active for the remainder of the 2022-2023 year with Harmony, Inc. by submitting the HAR-028 Official Quartet Registration Form by July 1. Have a new quartet? Use the same form to register. Please make sure all of your members are up-to-date with their Harmony, Inc. memberships, and dues are paid.

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 July 5. What would YOU like to read about in that issue? Share your thoughts with by June 28. 

See you in a couple weeks! 

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