Barbershop Terms and Acronyms PDF Print E-mail
Afterglow

Party after a chapter meeting or show.

Barberpole cat songs

The 12 songs every Barbershopper should know. See the Barberpole Cat songbook in your new member kit.

Barbershop seventh

The cornerstone chord of the barbershop style, consisting of the root, the Major third above, the perfect fifth above, and the minor seventh above, as in a chord consisting of F, A, C, E-flat.

Bell chord

A musical arranging device in which a chord is sung as a succession of notes by each voice in turn.

BOTY/BOTM

Barbershopper of the Year/Month—award presented by many chapters and districts recognizing outstanding efforts.

C&J

Contest & Judging program, which trains judges for singing competitions.

CBQC

Bank of America Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest.

CDD

Chorus Director Development

CDWI

Chorus Directors Workshop Intensive

COTS

Chapter Operations Training Seminar —a weekend administrative training session.

CSLT

Chapter Support and Leadership Training

District

One of the 16 geographic and administrative regions of the Society.

DP

District President.

Evaluation

Analysis and recommendation session—the post-competition performance review provided by the judges.

Fifth-wheeling

Joining in without invitation when a quartet is singing; a breach of manners. Wait for the quartet to finish, then ask if you can sing along.

Frank H. Thorne Chapter-at-Large

An “international” chapter for men who are not active in a Barbershop Harmony Society chapter.

Gang singing

Informal group singing.

Harmony University

Week-long summer educational program for Barbershoppers and music educators held at Missouri Western State College.

Harmony Hall

Barbershop Harmony Society headquarters, located in Nashville, Tennessee

Harmony Foundation

A separate, but related organization to the Society, the Foundation raises funds for Society programs, seeks grants and sponsorships for worthwhile barbershop projects; and maintains an endowment fund for the Society.

HX

Harmony Explosion Camps for high school and college singers.

Lead

The man who sings the melody part. The lead line is the melody of a song.

Overtones

Tones of higher pitch that are present in every musical sound and whose presence determines the quality of the musical sound. Chords locked in tune and proper volume relationship “ring” with reinforced overtones.

PROBE

A Barbershop HarmonySociety subsidiary organization of Public Relations Officers and Bulletin Editors. See www.harmonize.com/probe/

Registered quartet

A quartet whose name and personnel have been catalogued at Harmony Hall. Registration gives the quartet exclusive use of its name. Only registered quartets may sing in competition.

Swipe

A progression of two or more chords sung on a single word or syllable; hallmark of the barbershop style.

Tag

A coda; the ending of a song, often repeating the final words and designed to make a complete and satisfying arrangement.

Tune

As a noun, the melody of a song; as a verb, to blend and make a more accurate or pleasing sound.

Woodshedding

Impromptu quartet singing without arrangements; singing by ear.

Acronyms

The alphabet soup of initials which form the Society’s legal name—SPEBSQSA— were founder O.C. Cash’s way of poking fun at the numerous initialed agencies of FDR’s New Deal. The Society continues the tradition of obfuscatory fun by perpetuating numerous abbreviated designations. 

ACDA

American Choral Directors Association

ACDP

Archives Collection and Display Project

AHSOW

Ancient And Harmonious Society Of Woodshedders—Barbershop Harmony Society subsidiary devoted to preserving the practice of harmonizing without arrangements; see woodshedding.

AIC

Association of International Champions.

AISQC

Association of International Seniors Quartets Champions

ASCAP

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

BHS

Barbershop Harmony Society

BMAL

Board Member-At-Large

BMC

Board Management Council

BMI

Broadcast Music, Inc.

C&J

Contest and Judging

CAPAC

Canadian Association of Publishers, Arrangers, and Composers

CAR

Cardinal District

CDDC

Chorus Director Development Committee

CDWI

Chorus Director Workshop Intensive

COTS

Chapter Operations Training Seminar

CSD

Central States District

CSLT

Chapter Support and Leadership Training

CVP

Chapter Vice President

DACJC

District Associate Contest and Judging Chairman

DIX

Dixie District

DVP

District Vice President

DVP-CDD

District Vice President for Chorus Director Development

DVP-CSLT

District Vice President for Chapter Support and Leadership Training

DVP-CJ

District Vice President for Contest and Judging

DVP-MP

District Vice President for Music and Performance

DVP-MS

District Vice President for Member Services

DVP-YMH

District Vice President for Youth In Harmony

EVG

Evergreen District

EVP

Executive Vice President

FWD

Far Western District

HEP

Harmony Education Program

HF

Harmony Foundation, the Society’s charitable arm

HOD

House of Delegates

IPP

Immediate Past President

IPT

Integrated Product Team

ILL

Illinois District

JAD

Johnny Appleseed District

L&R

Laws and Regulations

LOL

Land O’Lakes District

M&PR

Marketing and Public Relations

M-AD

Mid-Atlantic District

MENC

Formerly Music Educators National Conference. Now known as MENC:The National Association for Music Education

NED

Northeastern District

ONT

Ontario District

OT

Operations Team

PIO

Pioneer District

PPDG

Planning and Program Development Group

PR

Public Relations

PROBE

Public Relations Officers and Bulletin Editors

RMD

Rocky Mountain District

SCJC

Society Contest and Judging Committee

SLD

Seneca Land District

SPEBSQSA

Legal name for the Barbershop Harmony Society. Stands for Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing In America, Inc.

SUN

Sunshine District

SWD

Southwestern District

WHC

World Harmony Council

WHJ

World Harmony Jamboree

WP

Work Plan

YIH

Youth in Harmony

 

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