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March 10, 2017  •  Issue 17-01 CORRECTED


Hello, fellow barbershoppers in the great Northeastern District!

Now that the new year is here, and we are again publishing the emailed Nor’easter Express, I thought it would be good for me to say a few words about 2016 and 2017.  Your District Board is working hard to accomplish a lot this year.

2016 was a building year.  The District stands at about 1,600 members, spread across 45 Chapters and Frank Thorne.  Membership has stopped declining over the past few years, but the number of active chapters has declined.  Some are aging out. Some are merging.  I wish I could say that new chapters are forming but only one new chapter has chartered in the past couple of years.  I call this phenomenon “Chapter Consolidation”.  

Harmony Explosion camp and our youth movement continues to grow.  Youth in Harmony Monthly Workshops have started.  Outreach to Music Educators has begun in earnest.   We published 7 Chapter Health Programs to give Chapters something to do, something to work towards.  Some of these programs are for fundraising, some for recruiting new members, some for outreach to the public, and some simply are for FUN!  Check them out at

2017 will be a banner year.  We have THREE Spring Contests planned, the Eastern Regional in Windham, New Hampshire, the Sunrise Division in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and the Western Regional in Lake George, New York - which will also hold our International Prelims.  The new District Mixed Quartet contest and District Youth Harmony Quartet contest will also be held as well - at the Eastern Convention in Windham, NH.  Our Fall Convention this year will be in Hartford, CT.  We are bringing back the Top Gun program for our coaching our top 5-6 Quartets in early 2018.  

We will be running more CDWI Director Workshops and we are offering free tuition to Harmony University for our newer Directors.  We expect Harmony Explosion camp and HCNE, in early August, to again be major successes.  If you haven’t seen these kids together, singing Barbershop, morning, noon, and night, you are really missing something!  And there will be the Alton Bay Jamboree.  Lots going on. And oh, yes - the Nor’easter is back with Lee Daum as our Editor.  Please reach out to Lee and tell us what exciting things are happening in your Chapter, so we can share it with the others.

Your Society is also doing some exciting things:  More outreach, and more updated music, Leadership training, strategic planning, and looking at our organization 3-5 years out.
The future looks bright for BHS, NED and I hope for you and your Chapter.  If there is anything we can do the serve you better, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask

Yours in harmony,

Guy Haas
Northeastern District


Upcoming Events of Interest to NED Members

Leadership Academy a Huge Success for 3rd Year
Over 120 people attended Leadership Academy this year and it was a resounding success. Here, new chapter leaders and old alike get a chance to learn new skills and most importantly learn about how to successfully lead their chapters.  Learn how successful chapters are "doing it" and thriving and how to adapt their practices to your chapter's environment.
The Beverly Bash is coming up soon.   Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.  This informal lighthearted celebration of the founding of the Barbershop Society is always a lot of fun so please join us.  You can either sing with your favorite quartet or chorus, or make one up for the evening.  There'll be a Raffle, Sandwiches and Refreshments, and plenty of fun singing for all.  

The Bash is held at the Italian Community Center 302 Rantoul Street Beverly, MA, 01915.  For more information contact Steve O'Connell from the Northshoremen at 978-595-4002.
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for the
Eastern Contest

House of Delegates Minutes
The District House of Delegates is where the business of the District gets voted on by the chapters representatives.  Please be sure that your chapter sends someone to this important meeting.  The next one is in the spring.  You can find the minutes on the NED web site.
New England Harmony Brigade is now Accepting Applications.
Music due out in April. Apply soon, parts fill up fast.  For those of you who have never attended a brigade, it's a ton of fun from the moment you arrive on Friday until mid morning Sunday when you leave.   Applicants have to thoroughly prepare themselves on twelve songs and then sing in random quartets all weekend long.  A good-natured contest is judged by our Quartet-In-Residence.  For more information go to
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the Program!
Select image above to LEARN MORE at the Contest Program Advertising page!
DEADLINE for the Eastern contest:
Monday, April 3
Division Contests Coming-Please Note Changes
Division Contests are coming this year and you may want to note the following changes.
  • Eastern April 21-22 Windham, NH
  • Sunrise April 28-29 Fredericton, NB 
  • Western, May 5-7 Lake George, NY
Competitors, You may want to read this letter from Alan Lamson, District Contest and Judging Vice President.  For more information on Division Conventions and Competitions go here.
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April 2nd the Rose City Chorus in Norwich, CT is having their 68th Annual Show, featuring the Rose City Chorus, the Connecticut College Connectichords, and the Ledyard High School Chamber Choir.
Contact Glenn Reid for tickets:

Please send your show listings and posters to:

for Eastern Contest

MARCH 21/22
Respond by

March 12
if you are interested in the
Senior Chorus
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