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Education Team Update

January 19, 2017 - 9:06pm -- Matthew Gifford


The Education Team is excited to have completed planning for the 2017 calendar year. We have a number of initiatives planned, with an aim to continue to lift the quality of barbershop singing in New Zealand. This, in turns, helps you to get more out of your hobby and helps our artform to gain credibility outside our membership. In 2017, the Education Team will aim to deliver the following:

  • HUNZ 2017: A series of nationwide education events for singers, directors, coaches, and quartets

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Westminster Tour 2017

January 19, 2017 - 10:45am -- Matthew Gifford

We are pleased to announce that Vocal FX is bringing The Westminster Chorus to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2017 to celebrate their 15th Anniversary.

Based in Southern California, The Westminster Chorus is widely appreciated as one of the finest a cappella ensembles in the world. In addition to the chorus’ 3 BHS International Gold Medals, The Westminster Chorus has also won Choir of the World title in 2009.

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C&J Team Update

December 17, 2016 - 11:00pm -- Matthew Gifford

The Contest & Judging Team is responsible for the recruitment, training, certifying, and monitoring of NZ-based judges of the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges (AGBJ). The Team is also responsible for administering and officiating BHNZ contests, including the maintenance of contest rules.

The C&J Team is well underway with its planning for the next few years, and is working on some exciting initiatives. These include:

  • Judge Category School 2017: preparing for the next round of judge certification, which will take place prior to the Pan Pacific Convention in Sydney in September/October next year.

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