HEA 2020 Course Outlines


Course Sessions Organised by Stream
Click on the links below to discover what's on offer in each stream:

    Sessions for the HEA 2020 Harmony Stream
    Sessions for the HEA 2020 Leaders Stream
    Sessions for the HEA 2020 Quartet Stream
 

 

Harmony Stream
The Harmony Stream includes sessions especially tailored to chorus singers as well as general sessions that all streams will attend together. On Sunday, choose electives to your liking either continuing in the chorus singer theme or choose any of the six offered for each session.

Each delegate will receive an individually tailored timetable showing sessions they specified when they registered.

The timetable for the weekend is here: HEA 2020 Timetable.

The table below shows all of the sessions Harmony stream delegates will attend.

Session #1
K1 - What is Your Why?

Keynote Address - Joe Cerutti


Keynote Address - Joe Cerutti kicks off HEA 2020 with a keynote address to all streams
Session #2
R1 - Geographically Challenged Chorus - Rehearsal

Geographically Challenged Chorus Rehearsal


You will be allocated into a small chorus consisting of a mix of members from all over NZ along with two of our top coaches. The challenge is to choose two songs you all know in common and rehearse them to the best of your ability for the Geographically Challenged Chorus Sing-Off.
Session #3
SO1 - Geographically Challenged Chorus - Sing-Off

Geographically Challenged Chorus - Sing-Off


Your chance to earn a place in history as part of the first ever galvanised steel flat washer trophy (trophy details may not be correct) awarded in the inaugural GCCC (Geographically Challenged Chorus Competition)
Session #4
W1 - Let's Get Physical, Mental and Vocal

Let's Get Physical, Mental and Vocal


General Session warm-ups will be led by our latest Coaching Candidates team, to ensure we are physically, mentally, vocally, and musically prepared for the weekend ahead.
Session #5
G1 - So You Think You Got Rhythm (get files)

So You Think You Got Rhythm


Even if you think you know rhythm and all its intricacies, this session with Joe Cerutti will reframe your beliefs about the importance of rhythm in rehearsing songs. Joe will break down the concepts of rhythm into three steps that will work across all ability levels. You will also learn how rehearsing rhythm translates into performance. Song is Drivin' Me Crazy by Bob Disney.

For sheet music and learning tracks for Joe's session, see here.
Session #6
G2A - KIA KAHA Chorus rehearsal

KIA KAHA Chorus rehearsal


Spend 45 minutes with Internationally acclaimed director, coach, and judge Joe Cerutti as your KIA KAHA chorus applies the skills learned in the previous session to be ready for performance.
G2B - KIA MANA Chorus rehearsal

KIA MANA Chorus rehearsal


Spend 45 minutes with Internationally acclaimed director, coach, and judge Alex Morris as your KIA MANA chorus applies the skills learned in the previous session to be ready for performance.
Session #7
G3 - KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off

KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off


Your chance to shine and show the other chorus your new rhythm skills while delivering the performance of a lifetime!
Session #8 (choose 1 elective from the 2 offered below)
SH1.1 - How many resonant spaces are there?

How many resonant spaces are there?


There's a time and place for metaphors in singing but this class busts some myths about resonant spaces. Learn how metaphors are linked to good vocal practice and we'll help to find the sweet spot in your own voice. Singing has never been easier!
SH1.2 - Tuning Chords That Just Won’t Lock

Tuning Chords That Just Won’t Lock


Ever been in a situation where you just couldn’t get that pesky chord to ring? Sing louder! Sing softer? More bass! Wait, change the vowel? Ahh! Learn how to use basic music theory to understand how chords are built, why some are trickier than others, and how to diagnose and fix them when they sound, well, less than perfect. You don’t need to be a baritone to get your juices flowing in this one, but a strong background in theory is recommended.
Session #9 (choose 1 elective from the 2 offered below)
SH2.1 - Hey You're a Great Chorus Member!

Hey You're a Great Chorus Member!


Come along to learn some sustainable tips and tricks from Vocal FX’s Lead Section Leader, Josh Ellery. He will help you work towards consistency in your vocal approach, and help you to present yourself as the best singer you can be each week at chorus rehearsal (and beyond).
SH2.2 - So you've got rhythm - follow up with Jill

So you've got rhythm - follow up with Jill


An opportunity to solidify learning with Jill Rodgers. Spend anther hour practising the rhythm techniques Joe Cerutti taught in the general session. When we all sing in perfect synchronisation we will ring more chords, and when we honour the music's rhythmic intentions, the audience will enjoy our performance ten-fold. And it's also another opportunity to sing in a group!
Session #10
G4 - Three Lenses and One Interpreter - quartet coaching under glass

Three Lenses and One Interpreter - quartet coaching under glass


Watch the magic of three certified judges/coaches from each of the judging categories as they work with a number of quartets. Meanwhile master mind Joe Cerutti will translate and interpret in real time what each coach is aiming to achieve.
Session #11
G5 - Q & A with Joe Cerutti

Q & A with Joe Cerutti


Your chance to quiz the man with all the answers.
Session #12 (choose 1 elective from the 6 offered below)
E1.1 - Everyone in Harmony - an update

Everyone in Harmony - an update


As the world embraces welcoming all genders to barbershop, listen to Joe Cerutti give an update on progress in the US and Europe so far. An opportunity for discussion is included.
E1.2 - Lock and Ring Chords Like a Pro

Lock and Ring Chords Like a Pro


What if your group sings well, is confident with the music and words but still doesn’t have a unit sound? This session will cover refining resonance, creating chordal consistency and singing sonorously. Learn to listen for a ringing chord, what an overtone is, and you'll have some exercises to take away.
E1.3 - Singing Those Good Old (and not so old) Songs

Singing Those Good Old (and not so old) Songs


Want to maximise your singing time at HEA this year? Come along to have a run through a bunch of the old favourites! We’ll find some new ways of exploring these well-known polecats, through finding the key parts of the arrangements and exploring them artistically. Bring Barberpole Cat Books Vol I (USD6.67) and Vol II (USD21.33) if you are not familiar with those arrangements. Purchase via BHS website under "Get Music".
E1.4 - Be an Artist, Not Just a Singer

Be an Artist, Not Just a Singer


You've heard your director ask you to sing expressively and sensitively, but how do we do that? This class provides practical tools and an easy-to-follow strategy for achieving musical artistry every time you sing. Learn the secrets of singing with forward-momentum, with "light and shade", and in ways that truly connect with the audience. You'll never be accused of gang singing again!
E1.5 - Feedback in Real Time

Feedback in Real Time


A chance for all leaders who take a coaching role to hone their skills. Learn (or review) the fundamentals of listening critically, prioritising issues, assessing options, and delivering concise and constructive coaching messages. Part of the cycle is to offer positive feedback to help your ensemble build for success. Some pre-HEA homework will be set to maximise practice time in class.
E1.6 - Finale for Dummies Part 1

Finale for Dummies Part 1


This 2-hour practical lab course is designed for those who already have Finale music notation software on their computer and would like to expand on their skills. In a very short time, we’ll cover the essential elements of building a score, so that you have a clear picture of how to go about pumping out some barbershop dots all by yourself. Make sure you choose Part 2 as well. Or if you would simply like to explore the possibilities of music notation to find out the software programme's potential before jumping in (try before you buy) just sign up to Part 1 to be a fly on the wall.
Session #13 (choose 1 elective from the 6 offered below)
E2.1 - Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

Getting Off the Hamster Wheel


Is it Groundhog Day at your chorus rehearsal? Do you feel like each year rolls around and your chorus is going through the same routines? Joe Cerutti will give directors, music team leaders and chapter leaders a shot in the arm with ideas outside the square to fill your tool box with innovative ideas to keep your chorus motivated, energised, and keen to turn up to rehearsal and performances.
E2.2 - So What Did We Learn Again? - how to retain all the good stuff

So What Did We Learn Again? - how to retain all the good stuff


Is your group progressing or staying at the same level year after year? Getting coaching is always helpful for groups but how do we decide what to focus on after the coaching and how do we remember the key takeaways of what is being taught to us? This session will show different ways of dissecting knowledge and retaining the bits that are important.
E2.3 - Mix and Match - the new world of mixed voice barbershop

Mix and Match - the new world of mixed voice barbershop


Join Henri Hunkin-Tagaloa and Wilz Hunkin as they discuss the ins and outs of Mixed Group Singing. What are the considerations? What are the pros and cons? Tips and tricks for making the most of your next Mixed Quartet or Mixed Barbershop Chorus rehearsal.
E2.4 - What They See is What You Get - finessing your conducting

What They See is What You Get - finessing your conducting


Jacob Moore graduated in 2018 with a degree in conducting and is now a music teacher at Takapuna Grammar, his old high school. We are delighted Jacob is on our Coaching Candidate team and he will share his conducting and teaching skills with those keen to improve their hand gestures.
E2.5 - Tonal Energy Tuner - a deep dive

Tonal Energy Tuner - a deep dive


Help your chorus by becoming an expert user of the best app for musicians on the market. This class allows plenty of time to get set up and explore the various functions of Tonal Energy Tuner. We will ring some chords using the just intonation feature, learn how to adjust the subdivision settings on the metronome, change the labels to match the key we're singing in, and much more. Useful for new users, and for those who have already installed the app but want more time to delve into its features. Pre-requisite: a smartphone or tablet and an account on the Apple or Google Play store. The app costs around $10 (but is well worth it!) 
E2.6 - Finale for Dummies - Part 2

Finale for Dummies - Part 2


Part 2 of the 2-hour practical lab course, designed for those who already have Finale music notation software on their computer and would like to expand on their skills. In a very short time, we’ll cover the essential elements of building a score, so that you have a clear picture of how to go about pumping out some barbershop dots all by yourself. Or if you would simply like to explore the possibilities of music notation to find out the software programme's potential before jumping in (try before you buy) just sign up to Finale for Dummies - Part 1 to be a fly on the wall.
Session #14
YP - Youth Panel

Youth Panel


We all talk about wanting to decrease the average age of our chorus by attracting younger members. Some of us fear that our chorus succession plan is not going to sustain growing numbers. Hear what some of our star youth members have to say about what we do well, what keeps them interested, and what they wish we would just stop doing. Take the opportunity to ask questions.
Session #15
TED - Mini TED Talks

Mini TED Talks


Don't miss these 6 power-packed presentations from our leading Faculty members as they deliver 9 minutes of a topic they are very passionate about.

Each 9-minute talk carries on from the previous one in the same room so you can sit back, soak up, and enjoy!

 

Leaders Stream
The Leaders Stream includes sessions especially tailored to those in chorus leadership roles as well as general sessions that all streams will attend together. On Sunday, choose electives to your liking either continuing in the leadership theme or choose any of the six offered for each session.

Each delegate will receive an individually tailored timetable showing sessions they specified when they registered.

The timetable for the weekend is here: HEA 2020 Timetable.

The table below shows all of the sessions Leaders stream delegates will attend.

Session #1
K1 - What is Your Why?

Keynote Address - Joe Cerutti


Keynote Address - Joe Cerutti kicks off HEA 2020 with a keynote address to all streams
Session #2
R1 - Geographically Challenged Chorus - Rehearsal

Geographically Challenged Chorus Rehearsal


You will be allocated into a small chorus consisting of a mix of members from all over NZ along with two of our top coaches. The challenge is to choose two songs you all know in common and rehearse them to the best of your ability for the Geographically Challenged Chorus Sing-Off.
Session #3
SO1 - Geographically Challenged Chorus - Sing-Off

Geographically Challenged Chorus - Sing-Off


Your chance to earn a place in history as part of the first ever galvanised steel flat washer trophy (trophy details may not be correct) awarded in the inaugural GCCC (Geographically Challenged Chorus Competition)
Session #4
W1 - Let's Get Physical, Mental and Vocal

Let's Get Physical, Mental and Vocal


General Session warm-ups will be led by our latest Coaching Candidates team, to ensure we are physically, mentally, vocally, and musically prepared for the weekend ahead.
Session #5
G1 - So You Think You Got Rhythm (get files)

So You Think You Got Rhythm


Even if you think you know rhythm and all its intricacies, this session with Joe Cerutti will reframe your beliefs about the importance of rhythm in rehearsing songs. Joe will break down the concepts of rhythm into three steps that will work across all ability levels. You will also learn how rehearsing rhythm translates into performance. Song is Drivin' Me Crazy by Bob Disney.

For sheet music and learning tracks for Joe's session, see here.
Session #6
G2A - KIA KAHA Chorus rehearsal

KIA KAHA Chorus rehearsal


Spend 45 minutes with Internationally acclaimed director, coach, and judge Joe Cerutti as your KIA KAHA chorus applies the skills learned in the previous session to be ready for performance.
G2B - KIA MANA Chorus rehearsal

KIA MANA Chorus rehearsal


Spend 45 minutes with Internationally acclaimed director, coach, and judge Alex Morris as your KIA MANA chorus applies the skills learned in the previous session to be ready for performance.
Session #7
G3 - KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off

KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off


Your chance to shine and show the other chorus your new rhythm skills while delivering the performance of a lifetime!
Session #8 (choose 1 elective from the 2 offered below)
SL1.1 - Attract 'em and Keep 'em - recruitment and retention

Attract 'em and Keep 'em - recruitment and retention


Learn about Alexandria Harmonisers' best practices when it comes to attracting members and keeping them loyal to the cause. With over 200 active members and a performing chorus of nearly 100, they are doing a lot of things right. Joe Cerutti will share some of the secrets of the Harmonisers' success.
SL1.2 - Help! I'm Not a Dancer

Help! I'm Not a Dancer


How does the Vocal FX performance team come up with their amazing plans and how does the chorus learn the moves? Charlotte will share the journey of research and development, and the many tips and tricks they use to make their music become a stage show. Warning - VFX YouTube clips are incuded!
Session #9 (choose 1 elective from the 2 offered below)
SL2.1 - Reach Out! How your community can improve your health

Reach Out! How your community can improve your health


Joe Cerutti will answer some of the questions raised in his keynote address. What steps can you and your chorus take to improve the overall health of your organisation? Are you a chorus who sings the same 10 songs and builds towards contest every year? Find out how Joe and his chorus have thought, planned and acted outside the box to embrace their communities.
SL2.2 - Choosing and Teaching New Songs

Choosing and Teaching New Songs


Do you struggle to choose the right song for your chorus? How do you create a list of choices and whittle it down to find the perfect song? Once you have chosen a song, how do you go about preparing to teach the chorus? Join Charlotte as she steps you through the processes VFX use.
Session #10
G4 - Three Lenses and One Interpreter - quartet coaching under glass

Three Lenses and One Interpreter - quartet coaching under glass


Watch the magic of three certified judges/coaches from each of the judging categories as they work with a number of quartets. Meanwhile master mind Joe Cerutti will translate and interpret in real time what each coach is aiming to achieve.
Session #11
G5 - Q & A with Joe Cerutti

Q & A with Joe Cerutti


Your chance to quiz the man with all the answers.
Session #12 (choose 1 elective from the 6 offered below)
E1.1 - Everyone in Harmony - an update

Everyone in Harmony - an update


As the world embraces welcoming all genders to barbershop, listen to Joe Cerutti give an update on progress in the US and Europe so far. An opportunity for discussion is included.
E1.2 - Lock and Ring Chords Like a Pro

Lock and Ring Chords Like a Pro


What if your group sings well, is confident with the music and words but still doesn’t have a unit sound? This session will cover refining resonance, creating chordal consistency and singing sonorously. Learn to listen for a ringing chord, what an overtone is, and you'll have some exercises to take away.
E1.3 - Singing Those Good Old (and not so old) Songs

Singing Those Good Old (and not so old) Songs


Want to maximise your singing time at HEA this year? Come along to have a run through a bunch of the old favourites! We’ll find some new ways of exploring these well-known polecats, through finding the key parts of the arrangements and exploring them artistically. Bring Barberpole Cat Books Vol I (USD6.67) and Vol II (USD21.33) if you are not familiar with those arrangements. Purchase via BHS website under "Get Music".
E1.4 - Be an Artist, Not Just a Singer

Be an Artist, Not Just a Singer


You've heard your director ask you to sing expressively and sensitively, but how do we do that? This class provides practical tools and an easy-to-follow strategy for achieving musical artistry every time you sing. Learn the secrets of singing with forward-momentum, with "light and shade", and in ways that truly connect with the audience. You'll never be accused of gang singing again!
E1.5 - Feedback in Real Time

Feedback in Real Time


A chance for all leaders who take a coaching role to hone their skills. Learn (or review) the fundamentals of listening critically, prioritising issues, assessing options, and delivering concise and constructive coaching messages. Part of the cycle is to offer positive feedback to help your ensemble build for success. Some pre-HEA homework will be set to maximise practice time in class.
E1.6 - Finale for Dummies Part 1

Finale for Dummies Part 1


This 2-hour practical lab course is designed for those who already have Finale music notation software on their computer and would like to expand on their skills. In a very short time, we’ll cover the essential elements of building a score, so that you have a clear picture of how to go about pumping out some barbershop dots all by yourself. Make sure you choose Part 2 as well. Or if you would simply like to explore the possibilities of music notation to find out the software programme's potential before jumping in (try before you buy) just sign up to Part 1 to be a fly on the wall.
Session #13 (choose 1 elective from the 6 offered below)
E2.1 - Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

Getting Off the Hamster Wheel


Is it Groundhog Day at your chorus rehearsal? Do you feel like each year rolls around and your chorus is going through the same routines? Joe Cerutti will give directors, music team leaders and chapter leaders a shot in the arm with ideas outside the square to fill your tool box with innovative ideas to keep your chorus motivated, energised, and keen to turn up to rehearsal and performances.
E2.2 - So What Did We Learn Again? - how to retain all the good stuff

So What Did We Learn Again? - how to retain all the good stuff


Is your group progressing or staying at the same level year after year? Getting coaching is always helpful for groups but how do we decide what to focus on after the coaching and how do we remember the key takeaways of what is being taught to us? This session will show different ways of dissecting knowledge and retaining the bits that are important.
E2.3 - Mix and Match - the new world of mixed voice barbershop

Mix and Match - the new world of mixed voice barbershop


Join Henri Hunkin-Tagaloa and Wilz Hunkin as they discuss the ins and outs of Mixed Group Singing. What are the considerations? What are the pros and cons? Tips and tricks for making the most of your next Mixed Quartet or Mixed Barbershop Chorus rehearsal.
E2.4 - What They See is What You Get - finessing your conducting

What They See is What You Get - finessing your conducting


Jacob Moore graduated in 2018 with a degree in conducting and is now a music teacher at Takapuna Grammar, his old high school. We are delighted Jacob is on our Coaching Candidate team and he will share his conducting and teaching skills with those keen to improve their hand gestures.
E2.5 - Tonal Energy Tuner - a deep dive

Tonal Energy Tuner - a deep dive


Help your chorus by becoming an expert user of the best app for musicians on the market. This class allows plenty of time to get set up and explore the various functions of Tonal Energy Tuner. We will ring some chords using the just intonation feature, learn how to adjust the subdivision settings on the metronome, change the labels to match the key we're singing in, and much more. Useful for new users, and for those who have already installed the app but want more time to delve into its features. Pre-requisite: a smartphone or tablet and an account on the Apple or Google Play store. The app costs around $10 (but is well worth it!) 
E2.6 - Finale for Dummies - Part 2

Finale for Dummies - Part 2


Part 2 of the 2-hour practical lab course, designed for those who already have Finale music notation software on their computer and would like to expand on their skills. In a very short time, we’ll cover the essential elements of building a score, so that you have a clear picture of how to go about pumping out some barbershop dots all by yourself. Or if you would simply like to explore the possibilities of music notation to find out the software programme's potential before jumping in (try before you buy) just sign up to Finale for Dummies - Part 1 to be a fly on the wall.
Session #14
YP - Youth Panel

Youth Panel


We all talk about wanting to decrease the average age of our chorus by attracting younger members. Some of us fear that our chorus succession plan is not going to sustain growing numbers. Hear what some of our star youth members have to say about what we do well, what keeps them interested, and what they wish we would just stop doing. Take the opportunity to ask questions.
Session #15
TED - Mini TED Talks

Mini TED Talks


Don't miss these 6 power-packed presentations from our leading Faculty members as they deliver 9 minutes of a topic they are very passionate about.

Each 9-minute talk carries on from the previous one in the same room so you can sit back, soak up, and enjoy!

 

Quartet Stream
The Quartet Stream includes three hands-on coaching sessions for your quartet as well as general sessions that all streams will attend together. On Sunday, choose electives to your liking either continuing in the quartet singer theme or choose any of the six offered for each session.

Each delegate will receive an individually tailored timetable showing sessions they specified when they registered.

There are five spots available for quartets in the Quartet Stream at each HEA. Registration of your quartet is only considered complete when all four members of your quartet have completed registration. Preference will also be given to established quartets who have competed before.

The timetable for the weekend is here: HEA 2020 Timetable.

The table below shows all of the sessions quartet stream delegates will attend.

Session #1
K1 - What is Your Why?

Keynote Address - Joe Cerutti


Keynote Address - Joe Cerutti kicks off HEA 2020 with a keynote address to all streams
Session #2
R1 - Geographically Challenged Chorus - Rehearsal

Geographically Challenged Chorus Rehearsal


You will be allocated into a small chorus consisting of a mix of members from all over NZ along with two of our top coaches. The challenge is to choose two songs you all know in common and rehearse them to the best of your ability for the Geographically Challenged Chorus Sing-Off.
Session #3
SO1 - Geographically Challenged Chorus - Sing-Off

Geographically Challenged Chorus - Sing-Off


Your chance to earn a place in history as part of the first ever galvanised steel flat washer trophy (trophy details may not be correct) awarded in the inaugural GCCC (Geographically Challenged Chorus Competition)
Session #4
W1 - Let's Get Physical, Mental and Vocal

Let's Get Physical, Mental and Vocal


General Session warm-ups will be led by our latest Coaching Candidates team, to ensure we are physically, mentally, vocally, and musically prepared for the weekend ahead.
Session #5
G1 - So You Think You Got Rhythm (get files)

So You Think You Got Rhythm


Even if you think you know rhythm and all its intricacies, this session with Joe Cerutti will reframe your beliefs about the importance of rhythm in rehearsing songs. Joe will break down the concepts of rhythm into three steps that will work across all ability levels. You will also learn how rehearsing rhythm translates into performance. Song is Drivin' Me Crazy by Bob Disney.

For sheet music and learning tracks for Joe's session, see here.
Session #6
Q1 - Quartet Coaching 1

Quartet Coaching 1


The first of three sessions with your quartet in the spotlight with one of our many outstanding Certified Coaches
Session #7
G3 - KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off

KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off


Quartet stream members will observe the KIA KAHA/KIA MANA Chorus sing-off!
Session #8
Q2 - Quartet Coaching 2

Quartet Coaching 2


The second of three sessions with your quartet in the spotlight with one of our many outstanding Certified Coaches
Session #9
Q3 - Quartet Coaching 3

Quartet Coaching 3


The last of three sessions with your quartet in the spotlight with one of our many outstanding Certified Coaches
Session #10
G4 - Three Lenses and One Interpreter - quartet coaching under glass

Three Lenses and One Interpreter - quartet coaching under glass


Watch the magic of three certified judges/coaches from each of the judging categories as they work with a number of quartets. Meanwhile master mind Joe Cerutti will translate and interpret in real time what each coach is aiming to achieve.
Session #11
G5 - Q & A with Joe Cerutti

Q & A with Joe Cerutti


Your chance to quiz the man with all the answers.
Session #12 (choose 1 elective from the 6 offered below)
E1.1 - Everyone in Harmony - an update

Everyone in Harmony - an update


As the world embraces welcoming all genders to barbershop, listen to Joe Cerutti give an update on progress in the US and Europe so far. An opportunity for discussion is included.
E1.2 - Lock and Ring Chords Like a Pro

Lock and Ring Chords Like a Pro


What if your group sings well, is confident with the music and words but still doesn’t have a unit sound? This session will cover refining resonance, creating chordal consistency and singing sonorously. Learn to listen for a ringing chord, what an overtone is, and you'll have some exercises to take away.
E1.3 - Singing Those Good Old (and not so old) Songs

Singing Those Good Old (and not so old) Songs


Want to maximise your singing time at HEA this year? Come along to have a run through a bunch of the old favourites! We’ll find some new ways of exploring these well-known polecats, through finding the key parts of the arrangements and exploring them artistically. Bring Barberpole Cat Books Vol I (USD6.67) and Vol II (USD21.33) if you are not familiar with those arrangements. Purchase via BHS website under "Get Music".
E1.4 - Be an Artist, Not Just a Singer

Be an Artist, Not Just a Singer


You've heard your director ask you to sing expressively and sensitively, but how do we do that? This class provides practical tools and an easy-to-follow strategy for achieving musical artistry every time you sing. Learn the secrets of singing with forward-momentum, with "light and shade", and in ways that truly connect with the audience. You'll never be accused of gang singing again!
E1.5 - Feedback in Real Time

Feedback in Real Time


A chance for all leaders who take a coaching role to hone their skills. Learn (or review) the fundamentals of listening critically, prioritising issues, assessing options, and delivering concise and constructive coaching messages. Part of the cycle is to offer positive feedback to help your ensemble build for success. Some pre-HEA homework will be set to maximise practice time in class.
E1.6 - Finale for Dummies Part 1

Finale for Dummies Part 1


This 2-hour practical lab course is designed for those who already have Finale music notation software on their computer and would like to expand on their skills. In a very short time, we’ll cover the essential elements of building a score, so that you have a clear picture of how to go about pumping out some barbershop dots all by yourself. Make sure you choose Part 2 as well. Or if you would simply like to explore the possibilities of music notation to find out the software programme's potential before jumping in (try before you buy) just sign up to Part 1 to be a fly on the wall.
Session #13 (choose 1 elective from the 6 offered below)
E2.1 - Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

Getting Off the Hamster Wheel


Is it Groundhog Day at your chorus rehearsal? Do you feel like each year rolls around and your chorus is going through the same routines? Joe Cerutti will give directors, music team leaders and chapter leaders a shot in the arm with ideas outside the square to fill your tool box with innovative ideas to keep your chorus motivated, energised, and keen to turn up to rehearsal and performances.
E2.2 - So What Did We Learn Again? - how to retain all the good stuff

So What Did We Learn Again? - how to retain all the good stuff


Is your group progressing or staying at the same level year after year? Getting coaching is always helpful for groups but how do we decide what to focus on after the coaching and how do we remember the key takeaways of what is being taught to us? This session will show different ways of dissecting knowledge and retaining the bits that are important.
E2.3 - Mix and Match - the new world of mixed voice barbershop

Mix and Match - the new world of mixed voice barbershop


Join Henri Hunkin-Tagaloa and Wilz Hunkin as they discuss the ins and outs of Mixed Group Singing. What are the considerations? What are the pros and cons? Tips and tricks for making the most of your next Mixed Quartet or Mixed Barbershop Chorus rehearsal.
E2.4 - What They See is What You Get - finessing your conducting

What They See is What You Get - finessing your conducting


Jacob Moore graduated in 2018 with a degree in conducting and is now a music teacher at Takapuna Grammar, his old high school. We are delighted Jacob is on our Coaching Candidate team and he will share his conducting and teaching skills with those keen to improve their hand gestures.
E2.5 - Tonal Energy Tuner - a deep dive

Tonal Energy Tuner - a deep dive


Help your chorus by becoming an expert user of the best app for musicians on the market. This class allows plenty of time to get set up and explore the various functions of Tonal Energy Tuner. We will ring some chords using the just intonation feature, learn how to adjust the subdivision settings on the metronome, change the labels to match the key we're singing in, and much more. Useful for new users, and for those who have already installed the app but want more time to delve into its features. Pre-requisite: a smartphone or tablet and an account on the Apple or Google Play store. The app costs around $10 (but is well worth it!) 
E2.6 - Finale for Dummies - Part 2

Finale for Dummies - Part 2


Part 2 of the 2-hour practical lab course, designed for those who already have Finale music notation software on their computer and would like to expand on their skills. In a very short time, we’ll cover the essential elements of building a score, so that you have a clear picture of how to go about pumping out some barbershop dots all by yourself. Or if you would simply like to explore the possibilities of music notation to find out the software programme's potential before jumping in (try before you buy) just sign up to Finale for Dummies - Part 1 to be a fly on the wall.
Session #14
YP - Youth Panel

Youth Panel


We all talk about wanting to decrease the average age of our chorus by attracting younger members. Some of us fear that our chorus succession plan is not going to sustain growing numbers. Hear what some of our star youth members have to say about what we do well, what keeps them interested, and what they wish we would just stop doing. Take the opportunity to ask questions.
Session #15
TED - Mini TED Talks

Mini TED Talks


Don't miss these 6 power-packed presentations from our leading Faculty members as they deliver 9 minutes of a topic they are very passionate about.

Each 9-minute talk carries on from the previous one in the same room so you can sit back, soak up, and enjoy!