Sunshine District Services

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Music & Performance

Vice President of Music & Performance – Sean C Stork

The Director of Music and Performance coordinates all music activities, including schools, clinics and seminars and regional festivals within the district that will improve and expand the musical knowledge and performance abilities of the membership which includes:

  • Formulating and submitting an annual plan and periodic reports
  • Coordinating and hosting all Society music visitations to the district
  • Procuring ribbons and trophies for all contests held at the Spring and Fall conventions
  • Providing guidance to chapter vice presidents of music and performance
  • Coordinating the District Standing Ovation Program (SOP)
  • Coordinating the District Coaches Guild
Coaches Guild
The Sunshine District Coaches Guild is comprised of men that currently coach or that have a great deal of Barbershop Harmony experience that can communicate their knowledge within a coaching situation. The Guild aims to earn the respect of our district choruses and quartets, therefore, it’s necessary that each coach embody the spirit and knowledge of Barbershop Harmony. Our mission is to offer excellent coaching at a reasonable cost and to provide the organizational network to help our District groups connect with these coaches. The coaches are limited to those that the Sunshine District Director of Music and Performance invites. The process of consideration for coaches into the Guild is somewhat stringent. Members must meet a minimal level of qualification and coaching experience.
How does it work? Since January 1, 2009, the District offers Guild services to up to 20 groups per year. Chapters and quartets may submit an official Coaching request form (available below) to the District Director of Music and Performance. He will review the request and consider the groups current performance level and match their skill set and requested area of expertise (music, singing, and presentation) to an available coach. The District will offer a $100 honorarium to the coach and the Chapter/quartet will be expected to pay round-trip mileage at $.30/mile. The coaching session will be offered in 2-hour increments after which time the coach may choose to extend the session at his discretion. Please inquire should your group prefer to use someone specific. We will do our best to accommodate every request.
Here are the current members of the Coaches Guild:

 

 

 

 


  • Paul Agnew
  • Chad Bennett
  • George Bower
  • Ron Bower
  • James Breedon
  • Ken Buckner
  • Eric Christensen
  • Chris Coffee
  • Chase Guyton
  • Keith Hopkins
  • Steve Jamison
  • Stephen Janes
  • Joe Kane
  • James Kastler
  • Randy Loos
  • Sean Milligan
  • David Mills
  • Harold Nantz
  • Greg Patterson
  • Jackson Pinder
  • Alex Rubin
  • Zachary Simpson
  • Sean C Stork
  • Marshall Webb

Coaching Request Form

 

 

 

 

The completed form should be submitted to Sean C Stork, VP Music and Performance

Standing Ovation Program

What is it? The Society’s program to raise performance levels of our Choruses and Quartets. The intent is to point out the good and not-so-good coupled with suggestions for future show improvement.
How does it work? Choruses or quartets request an evaluation of their public performance and provide tickets to the Review Team.

What does the critique include?

Every phase of the performance: parking and venue, handicapped access, ticketing and front-lobby staff, printed program, lighting, sound, costuming, staging and props, entrance and exits by performers, song selection, flow of program, MC presentation, choreography, vocal production, stage presence, scripting, audience reaction, musicality, guest performers.

Who are the Reviewers?

Experienced Barbershopers with solid music credentials and backgrounds in show production and management. In recent years, at least two Reviewers have attended each SOP event to give broader   views of what’s seen and heard. Sunshine Reviewers represent a wide range of talent, including Gold, Silver and Bronze International Medalists, Society Judges, Professional entertainers, Chorus Directors,  tenured BBS singers and Chapter Administrators.

Who requests a SOP Review?

Any quartet member or Chorus/Chapter leader.

How to request a Review: E-mail: standingovations@sunshinedistrict.org

Chorus Director Development

VP of Chorus Director Development – Steve Jacobsen

The VP of Chorus Director Development (VP-CDD) coordinates chorus director education opportunities for the district.  This includes programs such as CDWI (Chorus Director Workshop Intensive), geared toward front line directors;  Next LEVEL, geared toward directors, administrators and music leadership teams, and choruses at the chapter level;  Become a Director, an introductory class geared toward developing novice and assistant directors, section leaders and other music leadership team members.
The VP of Chorus Director Development promotes Director’s College at Harmony University, and assists attendees with scholarship applications as appropriate.  He also promotes and assists directors in completing the Society’s Director Certification program.  This program encourages continuing education of our directors.

The VP-CDD may also be able to assist in director recruitment, pointing chapter leaders to appropriate director search guidelines,  or helping match potential directors with chapters in need.

Communications & Information Technology (Marketing & Public Relations)

Vice President for Communications & Information TechnologyRoger Smeds

Do you need marketing tools for your chapter, chorus or quartet? Just click on the following link to the Barbershop Harmony Society for Marketing and Public Relations Documents (Ads, Posters, Manuals, etc.) http://www.barbershop.org/resources/document-center/marketing/        
Need to communicate with your peers at other chapters and other barbershoppers to get some ideas, share some of your news and insights, and/or your activities? We encourage EVERY Sunshine District Member to join our email group by going to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sunshinenet and register.
We also have the availability of sending email to all district members or sub-groups such as Chapter Presidents, Secretaries, etc through Constant Contact. Please contact me for assistance.
Every chapter is strongly encouraged to submit items, action photos and chapter happenings to the Sunburst, our quarterly on-line official publication of the Sunshine District Association of Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Just contact me or editor@sunshinedistrict.org. Bob Johnston is the editor.
Have ideas for the District website http://www.sunshinedistrict.org? Contact Roger Smeds, webmaster.
Membership

VP of Chapter DevelopmentBart Van de Mark

If you are interested in starting a chapter, please contact me.
If you would like some ideas on how to make your chapter meetings perhaps more compelling to visitors as well as members, please contact me.
Contest & Judging

“Whether you aim for the gold, or want an objective benchmark of your abilities from year to year, the Contest and Judging system helps everyone get more from the hobby.”
All competitors are scored in three categories, Music, Performance, and Singing. Full information about each category can be found in the C&J Handbook.
The District Representative for C&J is Stephen Janes. Steve has been a certified judge for over 30 years and also is a past director of choruses in District and International competition. If you have a question concerning anything about the contest experience, he can probably find the answer for you. The Sunshine District is fortunate to have five certified judges including the Contest and Judging Chairman. Just starting their judging experience are two new Sunshine District members. Information about each Sunshine District Judge can be found here. If you ever thought about becoming a judge, contact Steve to express your interest. The next candidate cycle begins in January of 2017 and applications have to be submitted (with all letters of recommendation) before December 15, 2016. It is not too early to start making plans. The judging program is looking for well rounded individuals that are very active in Barbershop with experience in directing and/or coaching and singing. Also, if you have Project Management skills, a Contest Administrator may be just the thing for you.
Check out the convention events on our district calendar for information about our conventions. You don’t even to have to ‘compete’ to take advantage of the opportunity to sing for the greatest bunch of people you will ever have for an audience! You can ‘compete’ for evaluation only (nothing goes on the score sheet) and get some great coaching or you don’t even have to walk on stage to get some great coaching and maybe even get a chance to sing at the afterglow!! So, think about it, this is YOUR convention. We want you here!!
If you do intend to compete (for score), make sure you are very familiar with the Contest Rules. Here is a link to a contest overview and it contains a link to the entire C&J manual. Please make sure you are aware of the rules. Again, if you have questions, just ASK!! We will find the answer for you.
Performance of the Month!! A blast from the past! And if you want to see it live, be at our Convention in October. Keepsake’s 25 anniversary celebration!!  Video: Keepsake
Competition Results

OFFICIAL SCORING SUMMARIES


Fall 2016 (October 28 – 30, 2016) – aka Matthew

Education
When the Barbershop Harmony Society talks about education, it’s not just about learning to sing. It’s about bringing music back into the family at home, at school, and on stage.
In the Sunshine District, we have sponsored thousands of kids in music education festivals around the state and at our annual Harmony Explosion camp each June.
We also teach many aspects of music and harmony to our membership such as music theory, voice placement, sight reading, and lots of other parts of a musical education they might not realize they are learning.
Education means bringing music back into the home. Fifty or sixty years ago, music and singing in the home was as common as television is today. Families would gather around a piano and sing songs from sheet music they’d buy for ten cents. When is the last time your family gathered around for a sing-a-long? We’re here to bring that back by educating the public to the joy and pleasure of simple melodies and quality family time.
There’s a Barbershop or Sweet Adeline Chapter in your area. Why don’t you check them out and let them demonstrate how much fun you can have in song? Visit our Chapter locator today.
You’ll be glad you did!
Society Code of Ethics, Policies and Procedures
The Barbershop Harmony Society, of which the Sunshine District is a member publishes a Code of Ethics as well as related Policies and Procedures on their website. Please click a button below for more information.

 

 

 BHS Code of Ethics

Society Operations Manual

Chapter Service Representatives

Director of CSLTJohn McGoff

It is the goal of Chapter Service Representatives (CSR’s) to help chapters develop mission statements and establish and meet objectives. They accomplish this by developing an ongoing, positive relationship with chapter leadership and assist in planning and goal setting.  CSR’s work with chapter leadership to help accomplish those defined goals and is an assistant for reaching measurable objectives. Over time, they provide support and training of chapter leaders in understanding and fulfilling the purpose and mission of the chapter. Each shall be the ‘always current’ expert in the operations of the chapter, district, and the Society.
Below, please find your chapters assigned CSR. Feel free to contact him.


Chapter CSR Email
P-001 Venice Jim Woods jrwoods3@hotmail.com
P-003 Daytona Beach Don Anderson donander@ctl.rr.com
P-004 Manatee County Pete Peters petepeters@juno.com
P-006 Charlotte County John Pennington jppennington@comcast.com
P-007 Gainesville John Spang visitingangelofocala@yahoo.com
P-009 Pensacola Jim Brown barberjim1@cox.net
P-010 Miami Bart Van de Mark roadwarriorbvd@gmail.com
P-011 Orlando Chad Bennett zdapperdan@yahoo.com
P-012 Ocala Dave Jacobs g8r10r@gmail.com
P-013 Greater Pinellas Dave Larson dlars35@yahoo.com
P-014 Sarasota Jim Woods jrwoods3@hotmail.com
P-015 Tampa Nick Schwob nickschwob@tampbay.rr.com
P-016 Palm Beach County Al Carter alnan@ctl.rr.com
P-017 Greater Canaveral Don Anderson donander@ctl.rr.com
P-019 Fort Walton Beach Jim Brown barberjim1@cox.net
P-021 Zephyrhills-Dade City Nick Schwob nickschwob@tampbay.rr.com
P-022 Palm Harbor Dave Larson dlars35@yahoo.com
P-023 Naples-Fort Myers Bob Brutsman robertbrutsman@comcast.net
P-024 Tallahassee Jim Brown barberjim1@cox.net
P-026 Polk County Dick Sipple wsipple372@aol.com
P-027 Sunrise Dave Kannberg daveatcs@att.net
P-028 Panama City Jim Brown barberjim1@cox.net
P-030 Martin-St. Lucie Dan Brinkmann brinktenor@aol.com
P-031 Winter Park Eric Christensen highgear2@gmail.com
P-032 Pasco County Dave Roberts daver1103@aol.com
P-034 Jacksonville Big O Dave Roberts daver1103@aol.com
P-035 Citrus County Dave Roberts daver1103@aol.com
P-036 Melbourne Al Carter alnan@ctl.rr.com
P-037 Cape Coral John Pennington jppennington@comcast.com
P-038 Englewood Pete Peters petepeters@juno.com
P-040 Clermont Shannon Elswick shannon.elswick@sunshinedistrict.org
P-041 Suwannee Valley Bart Van de Mark roadwarriorbvd@gmail.com
P-043 Boca Raton Dave Kannberg daveatcs@att.net
P-045 Greater Sun City Center Dick Sipple wsipple372@aol.com
P-047 Hernando County Dave Roberts daver1103@aol.com
P-048 Sebring Bart Van de Mark roadwarriorbvd@gmail.com
P-049 Central Florida Harold Lathom hlathom44@yahoo.com
P-051 Orange Ridge Eric Christensen highgear2@gmail.com
P-052 Everglades Bob Brutsman robertbrutsman@comcast.net