Illinois District Academy of Harmony


What: Illinois District Academy of Harmony (IDAH) 2013
When: February 8 & 9, 2013
Who: Individuals, Quartets, Choruses, Directors
Why: Fun – Coaching – Education – Entertainment – More Fun
Cost:  $100 per person
Where: Faith United Methodist Church
1719 South Prospect Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

 

To register by mail, download this form.  Right-click (or command-click if you have a Mac) to save it to your hard drive.

To register online, click here.

IDAH Barbershop Extravaganza!
There will be a show Saturday evening featuring a new quartet from the Central States District, Premium Blend!  You'll hear more about these guys; the quartet includes members of International Quartet competitors Noise Boys, High Definition, Voices Unlimited, and two-time International Semi-Finalists 12th Street Rag.

The show is open to the general public and tickets cost $10 each (show admission is included for IDAH attendees).

IDAH

Dr. Tom Woodall teaches at IDAH 2012

STAFF

The teaching staff this year is one of our best ever. Coaches this year include Kevin Keller, Wayne Wright, Ron Rank, Jay Giallombardo, Rik Johnson, Mark Betczynski, Mark Keever, Kurt Vogel, and the members of the Premium Blend quartet.

PLAN

Classes are designed to encourage and help each man become more knowledgeable, a better singer and one with a better understanding for the art of barbershop harmony. Here are the classes, in the order in which they will be taught.

CLASSES

Session 1 - HOW CAN I BE A BETTER SINGER?
A vocal production class taught by Jay Giallombardo.  The director of the New Tradition Chorus will teach a review of good singing habits and vocal production skills for every singer.

Session 2 - WHAT ARE THOSE JUDGES THINKING?
Barbershop Harmony judges explain what they are looking for and how they come up with contest scores.
Music – Kyle Kitzmiller
Presentation – Wayne Wright
Singing – Tom Woodall
Evaluation – Bob Squires

Session 3 - WANT TO LEARN A BIT MORE ABOUT MUSIC?
Bob Squires - Introduction to notes, time signatures, and key signatures
Kyle Kitzmiller - Chord structure, progressions, and maybe a little arranging

Session 4 - HOW CAN I MAKE THE SONG COME TO LIFE?
Taught by Kyle Kitzmiller learning more about dynamics, rhythms, swipes, key changes, minor/major modes and tags looking at actual music.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IDAH?
IDAH, the Illinois District Academy of Harmony, is the major music education school sponsored by the Illinois District and the Music and Performance committee. It will take place in Champaign at the Faith United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

How much time is involved?
We start at 9:00 AM. Classes and general sessions, along with a lunch, dinner and evening show fill up the entire day. Many convenient motels are in the area for those planning an overnight stay.

The Illinois District has arranged a special rate with the Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Urbana at $74.00 per night. Just call (217) 367-8331 or (800) 253-8331 and ask for the discounted price for Illinois Barbershoppers.

Why would I want to attend?
You name it, we’ve got it! There are a variety of interesting subjects. Quartet coaching and chorus coaching is offered for all levels. This is a fun event and an opportunity to spend an entire day with other Barbershoppers from around the district, as well as an opportunity to mingle and share that fun with a staff of experts from all over our great Society.

Can I bring my quartet?
Absolutely! A staff of experienced coaches, most are certified judges, are waiting to provide your quartet with the tools you need to become better performers.  The cost for your quartet is $100 per man.

What’s available for my chorus?

Glad you asked. That same staff of coaches will be available to work with your chorus, and your director can attend for FREE. Such a deal!

How much will all of this cost?
We think that you will agree that the cost for the value received cannot be found anywhere around. A full day of barbershop focused classes, intensive quartet and chorus coaching, plus two meals (lunch & dinner) and a great show. All for the low cost of $100.

What about that show?
More fun! You will not want to miss this festive wrap up to an exciting, fun-filled day.  Featured performers include:

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