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ODC's Outreach Efforts Featured in LoudounNow

Old Dominion Chours has been doing outreach with local schools' musical groups for several years. We recently shared the stage with four local student musical groups at our annual Holiday Show. This outreach effort was highlighted in an article in the December 16, 2016 issue of LoudounNow. Read the article here: We look forward to doing more outreach in 2017!

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Fall 2016 District Contest

The Barbershop Harmony Society is broken up into Districts. Our District is the Mid-Atlantic District. Within our District are 3 Divisions: Northern, Central and Southern. This Spring, we competed in the Southern Division and advanced to compete in the District Contest which was held September 17, 2016. We competed along with 20 other amazing choruses. We placed 14th out of 20 choruses, but also 14th out of 30 choruses that competed in the contest series. We're proud of what we put on stage and are eager to apply what we learned from this contest to the next Division contest in Spring 2017.

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Mid-Atlantic District - Southern Division Contest

We recently competed at our the Mid-Atlantic District's (MAD) Southern Division contest where we placed second overall, which qualifies us to compete in the District Competition in September in Lancaster, PA. Choruses that do well at the District competition qualify to advance to the International Competition next year in Las Vegas. We're really working hard and we'd love to have you along for the ride. Have you been thinking "I should really see what this is about?" We rehearse every Thursday at 7:30 at the Leesburg United Methodist Church. It's a few hours to forget the stresses and worries of the world and come together for the love of song. Come out, we'd love to meet you!

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SingStrong 2016!

SingStrong was held April 1-3, 2016 at South Lakes High School in Reston. Students from around the DC Area gathered for concerts, classes and other educational opportunities. The Chorus of the Old Dominion sent several members and our director to lead a class on Singing Tags. What's a tag, you ask? A tag is the end of a song, where there is typically a long sustained note or swell, or something else that makes it the best part of a song. Barbershoppers love to sing tags at rehearsal, BHS competitions and events and just socially. The students were very interested in learning how to create 4-part harmony. And tags, which are typically the last 20-40 seconds of a song, are managable teaching sizes.

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Amazing Coaching Session

We had an amazing coaching session this past week with the incredible Sean Devine (of OC Times fame). We're gearing up for contest in May and his coaching has us more focused than ever on our contest package. New and prospective members: If you'd like to compete with us in Reston, NOW is the time to audition, join, attend rehearsal and learn your parts!

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