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Alternate Rehearsal Location 6/27

We're going to be rehearsing at a different location than usual this week. Instead of meeting at Leesburg UMC, we're going to be at Meadow Glen Senior Living Community which is at 315 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg, VA. It's only a few minutes away from where we usually rehearse, so please feel free to come visit. 

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Free Singing Lessons are Back!

We're pleased to announce that our Free Singing Lessons program is back this fall beginning October 11th and running through November 15th. There's absolutely no obligation, no recruitment. Just semi-private singing lessons with our director. Learn more

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Everyone Can Sing!

Our parent organization, Barbershop Harmony Society, published an article featuring information about singing at any age or gender. The article features information about connecting with a group close to you for male and female choruses as well as the rapidly growing artform of Mixed Barbershop singing. You can read the article here:

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Thank you!

Thank you for helping us have our first SOLD OUT show! Your energy from the audience was tremendous and we couldn't be more grateful! Hope to see you at our Annual Show in June 2018!

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Purcellville Music and Arts Festival

Be sure to join us May 20 for the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival in Purcellville, VA. We'll be singing on the Community Stage at 3pm. The festival is at Fireman’s Field located behind the Historic Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA. Hope to see you there!

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2017 Annual Show

We're excited to announce that our annual show this year will be in May 2017 at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. We'll be featuring songs by Cole Porter (Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes and many other musicals) along with other classic a cappella songs. Also featured will be Heritage High School's T.W.E.L.V.E. and the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2015 Mid-Atlantic Champions Route 1.  Click here to read more and order tickets!

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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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