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EHA Directors' College in Dortmund: Let there be laughter!

In cooperation with the European Harmony Alliance, BinG! held a Director's College 2014 at their headquarters over the past weekend in Dortmund. 65 participants, front line directors, assistant directors, section leaders and music team members from the Netherlands and Germany enjoyed learning from Joe Cerutti und Terry Reynolds, who made sure that there was lots of laughter and excitement. The education of directors and music teams is one expertise of the team of coaches from Alexandria, Virginia, USA. "There should be laughter in everything we do" characterises Joe's understanding of how to make chorus rehearsals a highlight of our week. Teaching was about choral structures, scheduling, expectations, vision, warm ups, directing and more.

Directors College 2015 is in the planing, will be held by Holland Harmony in the Netherlands on January 30./31, with Chris Peterson, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Music Education at Caliormia State University, Fullerton.

Three Legendary Second Edition & Growing Girls Recordings Available Now!

Fellow Barbershoppers!

I'm thrilled to announce, on behalf of The Second Edition (1989 BHS International Quartet Champions) and Growing Girls (1989 SAI Queens of Harmony), in celebration of our 25th anniversaries as Champions, the release of three legendary recordings! Read on

European Harmony Alliance founded

EHA

March 2014, Dortmund, Germany. Over the course of the past years some may have heard that European barbershop organizations are moving closer together. Artikel lesen

Barbershop Musikfestival 2014 in Dortmund

Double Date - World Mixed Champion 2014

Double Date-World Mixed Champion 2014

"A-cappella straight to your heart " was the motto of the German barbershop convention which took place in Dortmund March 7-9. It was the 12th German National Championship for quartets and choruses and the second World Championship for mixed barbershop quartets. Artikel lesen

BMF2014 "Show of the Champions" to be on the radio

You may download here the show as mp3-files
The winners of the German Competition (24MB)
Lemon Squeezy (10MB)
The Buzz (15MB)
Vocal Spectrum (15MB)

Results of WorldMixed SemiFinals

The results of WorldMixed SemiFinals are online.

A Campella 2014, May 16th to 18th !

A Campella started in 2012 and is one weekend a year where singers from across Europe, their partners and their families can get together for fun, random singing, spontaneous choirs, sporting, cards, eating and drinking...not necessarily in that order! Oh, it's also camping!
Get all the information about this event on the website:
http://www.acampella.com/
Get the flyer in English here!

BinG! Directors' College May 9-11, 2014

with Joe Cerutti and Terry Reynolds
in Dortmund, Germany

Registration now open!

From Friday, May 9, 7pm until Sunday, May 11, 3pm, Joe Cerutti and Terry Reynolds will conduct a directors' college in Dortmund, Germany.
The winning team with respect to directing, barbershop education and teaching from Alexandria, USA, will teach classes for experienced chorus directors as well as for less experienced ones and directors-to-be, for section leaders and anyone interested in leadership and directing.
The registration fee of €175 ( for BinG! members as for non-members) includes accommodation incl. breakfast in the Kolpinghaus, within walking distance to the lecture rooms at the BinG! headquarters.
For meals there is a choice of restaurants close-by.
Registration is now open. For any questions please write to
kontakt@barbershop.de
Download here the application form as a WORD - document
Download here the application form as a .pdf - document

Oberwesel – A Harmony College setting that resembles a first class chivalric tournament

Just an hour's drive from Frankfurt/Main, nestled in the beautiful Rhine valley, the romantic village of Oberwesel was host to the biggest Harmony College in the history of BinG! Bigger and nobler than ever before, in the shadow of a veritable knight's castle, the participants conspired to deliver an outstanding performance.  

Monika and Stephan Hammes and their team did an outstanding job. After many years of diligence, during which time they worked closely with the Bing! Board of Directors to make Harmony College one of the most successful Barbershop training events in the world, they have passed the responsibility on to a new team. They have earned a BinG! Gold Medal! German Barbershoppers and their guests express their heartfelt gratitude.

The newly renovated rooms of the youth hostel, two large rehearsal halls, numerous seminar rooms, a bar in the foyer - what more could we possibly ask for? Waiting in line for coffee and beer was a bit of a nuisance – the staff weren't reckoning with such a huge thirsty onslaught so late in the evening, in spite of the repeated efforts of the preparation team to convince them of the contrary. Nevertheless, the afterglow still lasted until breakfast time...legendary. Then again, there was the view of the Rhine valley while eating breakfast – HC housing was never so regal as from the Schönburg.

One of the most well-known participants, Rasmus Krigström, Lead in the 2012 champion quartet "Ringmasters," had just as much fun participating in the legendary 'Tag Battles' as the enthusiastic BinG! members, the representative of the neighboring association "Holland Harmony," Nelleke Dorrestijn, and the coaches that came from the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden and Holland to once again be a part of BinG!-HC and to work with us. The flair of the "mixed-gender" organization, the musical diversity and the high standard of quality, all within a friendly atmosphere, seems to be unmatched. As is the mixed competition, the "Coesfeld Cup." The fourteen-member team of top-notch coaches and judges from the international Barbershop scene was comprised of six trainers from the USA (Rob Campbell, Rich Knight, Tim Waurick, Dusty Schleier, Chris Peterson, and Rod Sgrignoli), five Canadians (Sharon and Barry Towner, Patrick Brown, Jordan Travis, and Tom Metzger), Camilla Ljung and Jan Alexandersson from Sweden, and Stuart Sides from England. Everything from presentation, singing, music and even details on the 'Groupanizer' organization tool – just about every aspect of Barbershop was taught and intensified.

The Coesfeld Cup has also undergone significant change. The fact that Viertakt won the first German championship in 1993 with a score in the 60s is a clear indication of the impressive journey that BinG! and its groups have undertaken in the last 20 years. The scores of the 21 participants ranged from 61.7% and 74.3%: First place went to Tonikum, followed by Mission Possible with 74.1%, and close behind, Twice as Nice with 73.3%. 

The Chorditorium on Saturday and the final concert on Sunday surpassed everyone's expectations. There was a little of everything – classical (Brahms), folksongs, jazz, plenty of Barbershop, the German National Anthem (arranged by David Wright), and even some Alpine yodeling – much to the delight of our North American guests. The performance of the BinG! mixed chorus Heavy Medal, which further revealed their enormous potential, was particularly impressive.

In the Show of the Workshop Choruses, the Men's Chorus, under the direction of Dusty Schleier, delivered a powerful performance. What was then presented by the 130 women in the Women's Chorus, with Jordan Travis and Patrick Brown, was a magnificent sound and fireworks of motion. No wonder that Jordan was effectively smooched to the floor by his ladies … he succumbed to his fate right on stage.

We are already looking forward to the next event in this imposing fortress of good singing, and once again we thank Monika and Stephan Hammes for their many years of diligent support and set our sights on the next 'musical chivalric tournament,' October 2–5, 2014, in the shadow of the Schönburg castle.

The second World Mixed competition March 2014 in Dortmund

Mixed barbershop opens exciting new opportunities and perspectives to barbershop as a modern, living style of music. It promotes barbershop and makes it even more interesting to singers of all age groups.

Hopplösa Fåglar the first European mixed champions

Hopplösa Fåglar from Sweden; the first European mixed champions

Since the first World Championship in 2012 some countries have meanwhile held national competitions for mixed barbershop quartets, e.g. Holland, the UK and Sweden. Those countries are asked to nominate their national representative.
The registration form for nominees has to be sent in by November 1, 2013.
After that date those slots will be given to wild card applicants.
Read more...

TeachTapes for German National Anthem

A few weeks ago we told you about the arrangement of the German National Anthem in the Barbershop Style by David Wright.

Today we are very happy to announce that Alexander Kulessa from Munich produced TeachTracks / LearningTapes for all three arrangements and gave them to BinG! for free. Many thanks to him!

Halftones (Photo: Hans Martens)

Halftones (Photo: Hans Martens)

BinG! groups do well in European contest

German Barbershop quartet as new European male quartet champions
Veldhoven (NL), April 2013 - BinG! groups scored high at the European convention in
the Dutch city of Veldhoven, held March 7th – 9th, 2013. Out of 53 European
barbershop choruses and quartets competing, our male quartet Halftones became
the European Male Quartet Champion and our mixed quartet Tonikum was awarded
with the bronze medal in the mixed championship. In their categories: Male quartets:
Take Four made it to the fourth place, Liedhaber came in seventh. Female quartets:
Mission Possible came in fifth, Chromagic eighth. Mixed quartets: Klangküsse
seventh, SomeSing tenth. Amongst the male choruses, Herrenbesuch ranked
fourth and for the female choruses, Ladies First came in on the ninth place.

Halftones - European Champions (Photo: Ursula Kölle)

Halftones - European Champions (Photo: Ursula Kölle)

"Koningshof" convention centre was packed as everybody watched the competitors, being judged by a panel of 14 international, certified judges. Overall, Holland Harmony was hosting 2.500 singers from Holland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the United States and New Zealand.

The German barbershop organization BinG! (Barbershop in Germany) was represented by
nine quartets and three choruses as well as three of BinG!’s board members. Manfred Adams, President of BinG! : "We appreciate the perfect and smooth organization of this huge Pan-European contest. It represents the variety and strength of European Barbershop. German barbershoppers have greatly improved even since the last championships on this level, and all German groups
scored very high. We congratulate all participants and look forward to the next
contest of this kind!"

Nelleke Dorrestijn, President of the Dutch female organization Holland Harmony,
conducting this contest , was happy with the high level of singing. The male chorus
contest champion, Zero 8 from Sweden, directed by Doug Harrington, scored 89,3 %
and set the level for the Europeans. Also the female chorus champion the White
Rosettes
from Great Britain, were magnificent. We can’t wait to be part of the next European convention!"

Barbershop at the World Choir Games in Riga, 2014

At the upcoming World Choir games, September 9-19, 2014 in Riga, there will again be a seüarate category for Barbershop. Choirs as well as quartets are welcoome to participate. After Westminster Chorus (BHS) and White Rosettes (LABBS) becoming "Choir of the World" we can for sure say that this event, visited by up to 400 international choruses representing 64 countries in the past, is unique. INTERKULTUR offers Concerts, championships, seminars and workshops to all participants. the judging panel consists of 5-7 judges, in the past amongst others Joe Cerutti and Rob Campbell, both well known to the German and European scene, have been appointed and they both recommend this event. Rob Campbell is already re-appointed to the games in 2014.
Judging criteria are intonation, interpretation practice, artistic impression and soudn quality.
Registration costs are €200 for early birds until September 15, 2013.
the Barbershop category is scheduled on September 16-18, 2014.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Henriette Brockmann.

New BinG! Logo

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We are happy to announce, that our members have chosen a new logo for BinG! It goes along with key visuals for our most important events, the biyearly Barbershop Musik Festival, yearly Harmony College and the World Mixed Championship for barbershop quartets. We hope you like it as much as we do!

The German National Anthem arranged by David Wright

Just in time for the European Convention 2013

When abroad, German barbershopers are sometimes asked if they can sing the German national anthem. Well, now we can respond: Yes, we can!

David Wright - www.harmonize.ws/davidwright

David Wright - www.harmonize.ws/davidwright

David Wright, one of the most profiled arrangers in Barbershop arranged the hymn for us. Versions for women, men and mixed ensembles are available.
Enjoy!

Photographer: Constanze Jäger

CoesfeldCup 2012

During the BinG! Harmony College at the Kolping-Familienferienstätte Regenbogenland in Olpe the annual CoesfeldCup Contest for Barbershop Quartets took place at October 3rd, 2012.
See the results here:

International Convention 2012

BinG! – Barbershop in Germany congrats to the new international champions:
Lemon Squeezy from Sweden for wining the Collegiate Quartet Championship, our friend from the Ambassadors of Harmony for the Chorus Championship and … well we'll see in a few moments while watching the webcast.
;-)

Results of Contests at the Barbershop Music Festival 2012 online

From now on we present you the scores of the Quartet as well as the Chorus Contest, which were held during the 11th German Barbershop Music Festival in Dortmund.

Also the results of WorldMixed - the International Mixed Barbershop Quartet Competition is online.

BinG! congrats Martini for winning the SAI Quartet Championship 2011

Martini Quartett are now crowned queens: they win the Quartet Championship 2011 of Sweet Adelines International.
BinG! is very proud to have such a wonderful quartet as special guests at the Barbershop Music Festival 2012 in Dortmund - get your tickets at the BinG! Ticket Shop.

Picture gallery of Barbershop Music Festival 2010 online

We are happy to present pictures of the Barbershop Music Festival 2010 to you. See the beautiful moments our photographer took by his camera:

Advance Order of BMF 2010 DVD's

From now on we take your pre-orders for the video recordings of our Barbershop Music Festival 2010. You can book them bindingly by using the attached form.

European Barbershop: visit friends at the Irish convention

Limerick is the host city for The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention 2010. For this Convention, the venue will be University Concert Hall on October 1rst and 2nd 2010.

Klangküsse and BellaDonna qualify for All-German Acappella-Contest

On January 22 - 24 the German acappella-scene met in Cologne for the district contest of Northrhine-Westphalia. 29 Vocal groups with up to 15 singers were judged in the categories pop and barbershop in view of singing and presentation. Read more

BinG! Coaching-Tour 2009 - A Raving Success

Too bad it is already over: our BinG! Coaching-Tour 2009.
In 9 days as many as 9 chorusses and 8 quartets were coached by Sharon and Barry Towner, two most devoted coaches for BinG!! Read more

For the first time: Harmony College in Olpe

Our annual Harmony College, a workshop organized by BinG! especially for barbershoppers and would-be barbershoppers, lasts four days and used to take place in Autumn every year in Coesfeld. Due to the rising request for capacities it will be conducted at the Family Recreation Center "REBOLA" in Olpe from October 1st until October 4th 2009.
It is the contest venue of the "Coesfeld Cup", our annual quartet contest where quartets can qualify for the Barbershop Music Festival.

Contest Scores

From now on you'll find the contest scores unter the BinG! menue.

Opening! New BinG! - Office in Dortmund

BinG!-Office opened

The first official BinG!-Office in Dortmund is now our single point of contact for all members of BinG!

Floorplan of the BinG!-Office

The new address:

BinG!
Barbershop in Germany e. V.
Saarlandstraße 124a
44139 Dortmund