Course Descriptions

President - John Marshall - This class will provide you with information and sources you need to organize and lead your chapter. More importantly we will work together as a team to address all your questions and ideas for discussion. We will develop a list of all the questions and ideas you have and I will tailor the class to address what you want to discuss. You will determine where the class leads. Some will come in as first-time leaders and others will have several years of experience in leading their chapter and we will work to cover all your needs. Come prepared with your questions so we can get started quickly. If you already have knowledge make sure you become a part of this class so we can benefit from your experience.

Secretary - Mark Fuerniss - Introduces new and/or veteran chapter secretaries to the numerous operational functions of the chapter including membership, record keeping, legal responsibilities and requirements, and communication services to chapter members and between the chapter, district, and Society. Learning resources include the Chapter Secretary Manual, electronic resources found on the Society website, and Society Member Center.

Treasurer - Larry Warrick - In depth look at chapter accounting as suggested by BHS. A detailed presentation of Quicken using the Society’s accounting process and an overview of Quickbooks. Responsibilities of the treasurer to the chapter are discussed in great detail.

VP of Chapter Development/Membership - Jeremy Kindy - We will provide a class on chapter development in which I will facilitate discussion and planning around this topic. I am not an expert by any means but will provide some best practices around chapter development and will talk about what the SmorgasChorus and others have done to grow membership. We will also talk about retention and regaining lost members. The class members will spend some time making plans for what they will do after the class to grow their chapter. When you leave the class I would hope you will have some action steps and strategies that you can take back to your chapter. Think of this class as a learning tool in which everyone will provide some of the content and share stories about what has worked. Growing your chapter is serious business and we need to visit about how to be successful in getting more members to join us in this wonderful hobby of singing and brotherhood.

VP of Music & Performance - Andrew Rembecki - Come learn how the music team of Central Standard functions, and how to be the best music VP for your chorus. We will discuss the inner workings of the roles of music team members, as well as the relationship between the board and the music team. Get some new and refreshed ideas to take back to your chapter!

VP of Marketing & Public Relations - Michael Pommier - Whether you are trying to get more people to your show or more singers on the risers, chapters need to have a clear message that is consistent with their product. During this course, we will talk about the importance of sending the right message, how to determine what your message should be, and how to best communicate that message to your target audience. During the course, there will also be an open forum discussion during which we will share ideas and answer any questions attendees may have. The end goal is for attendees of this course to walk away with a toolbox full of tips and tricks to face any marketing situation head-on.

Chorus Directors & Assistant Directors - Dan Rasmussen - This class is for front line directors and assistant directions. We will discuss principles of rehearsal management, mutual problems in small and large choruses, the role of an assistant director and how to best utilize assistant and front line directors to benefit the chorus. Dan will draw on his own experience being assistant director for Central Standard for the past few years.

Chapter Advocates - Terry Reynolds -


Assistant Directors - Dan Rasmussen - This class is for front line directors and assistant directions. We will discuss principles of rehearsal management, mutual problems in small and large choruses, the role of an assistant director and how to best utilize assistant and front line director's to benefit the chorus. Dan will draw on his own experience being assistant director for Central Standard for the past few years.

Become a “Change-Able” Leader - Christian Hunter - Change is inevitable in every organization and can come from any direction. Understand the "roller coaster" of change, and whether change is being done by us or to us. Learn about the challenges of organizational change as well as the predictable process that starts with change and ends with acceptance. Learn how to guide people through periods of change and become a "change-able" leader.

Chapter Assessment - Christian Hunter - The Chapter Assessment Model is a tool developed for our Society chapters to gather information to ultimately assist chapters seeking to improve in one or more areas. It is designed for a chapter advocate or coach to collect information to assist and make recommendations to the chapter. It can also be used by the chapter for self-assessment.

Coaching Under Glass - Attend sessions at HEP School and watch coaches work and learn techniques that you can use in your own quartet or chorus.

Free Money and Where to Find It - JP Marshall - In this 90 minute session we will talk about how to find what grants and other funds are available and how to put your best voice forward when requesting them. If you are not going after all of the grants and other funds in your area you are leaving money on the table that would help your chapter bring music and fellowship to your community.

Fundamentals of Singing - Andrew Rembecki - Learn basic scientific knowledge about how the voice works and how to use it to our benefit.

Is Your Website Working For You - JP Marshall - Come explore with us the world of websites and how they can help your chapter. This 90 minute session will be helpful for all levels of webmasters as well as those who don’t know what a webmaster is but want to know how to use the web to work for them.

Leading an Effective Team - Christian Hunter - Every team is different. In this course, learn how to apply leadership skills more effectively across team experiences. Understand the difference between traditional vs. high-performance teams, and plan how your team can become the latter. Understand the coordination and specialization of team types, the stages of team growth, and what makes for the best (and worst) team experiences.

Navigating the BHS Website and Member Center - Chad Schuetz - Ebiz has now been changed to The Membership Center. It is the online tool that allows you to take care of chapter and personal barbershop business. Chad will show you all the Membership Center bells and whistles so you can use it more efficiently. This is important for chapter secretaries as well as for every chapter member.

Passion & Vision - Terry Reynolds - The difference between an organization that simply survives and one that thrives is leadership. Leaders must not only have a vision, but they must possess the ability to translate that vision into reality. In this course, you will discover  one of the five best practices of leadership: possessing a driving passion to realize a vision.

Ready, Set, Sing - Christian Hunter -

Relationships - Terry Reynolds - The difference between an organization that simply survives and one that thrives is leadership. Leaders must not only have a vision, but they must possess the ability to translate that vision into reality. In this course, you will discover one of the five best practices of leadership: cultivating relationships built on trust.

Setting Others Up For Success - Michael Pommier - People find themselves in leadership roles for many different reasons, but effective leaders work to put others in the best position to be successful. In this class, the instructor will draw from past successes and failures to discuss how to lead with the goal of making others better. We will look at how to adjust your personal leadership style to match the needs of those you are leading as well as setting your chapter up for success by establishing a line of succession in your position.

Social ‘Shopping: Social Media for Your Chorus or Quartet - Caleb Fouse - Unlock the power of social media for your chorus or quartet!  Looking to grow your existing social media presence? Time to venture into social media for the first time?  No idea what social media is? This workshop aims to meet you where you’re at, and offers simple, proven, and measurable ways to reach members, fans, recruits, and the community. (Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or mobile device to this workshop, but it’s not required.)

The Art of Delegation - Michael Pommier - As a leader, one of the most difficult concepts to grasp is delegation. This is largely due to the fact that delegation is often misunderstood and taught incorrectly. Gone are the days of passing the work you don't want to do onto others. In this course we will explore the artistry of how to delegate effectively and how effective delegation can set others up for success.

Youth in Harmony Programs: How to Start and Maintain a Successful Outreach Program - Jerry Meier -This class will discuss methods to develop a basic Youth in Harmony program for your community. It will present ideas for possible programs and provide methods to develop working relationships with local choral directors. It will explain the steps used to produce the Kansas City Chapter's "Harmony Explosion!" program and answer questions on how to start a Youth in Harmony program of any size.