Questions & Answers about the WHB
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Do I have to be in a registered quartet to participate in the Brigade?
No, but you do have to have prior quartet singing experience. If you've ever sung in quartet formation and been successful at holding your own on your part, you are welcome to participate. More important than loads of formal quartet experience is your commitment to learning & memorizing your music so that others are able to enjoy singing with you!
Do I have to be affiliated with Sweet Adelines or Harmony Incorporated to participate?
Nope! The WHBA is an independent association of female barbershop singers. While many of us are members of SAI or HI, it is not a requirement for participation in the WHBA.
What do I get for my registration fee?
The registration fee gives you two nights accommodations (double occupancy), dinner Friday night, breakfast & dinner Saturday, hot breakfast Sunday morning, sheet music & learning tracks to challenging arrangements and an opportunity to sing in more quartet combinations than you can fathom! Single rooms are available for an additional fee.
Can my quartet sing the Brigade music after the weekend?
Recent changes have resulted in quartets needing to purchase copies of the WHB music for their group independently of the music received through the Brigade. Most of the charts sung at WHB events are purchased through Sweet Adelines International and/or the Barbershop Harmony Society for a very reasonable fee.
Do I have to share a room with someone?
Nope. If you prefer to room alone there is a Single room option. Please contact us for a rate if you are interested in bringing a non-singing roommate for the weekend.
Is the WHBA a charitable organization?
We are registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(7) non-taxable Social Club. While we are a non-profit club, we are not considered a charitable organization. Registrations or donations made to the WHBA are not tax deductible.
The WHBA is a registered corporation with the State of Delaware.
Where will the event be held?
Our events change locations every year or two. Due to concerns with the Covid virus, our 2021 event has been cancelled. Plans for future WHB events will be posted at a later time.
So who's running this shin-dig?
The Women's Harmony Brigade is an independent Barbershop organization that grew out of an experience founder Jennifer Newman had participating in the men's Atlantic Harmony Brigade in 2010. The guys encouraged Jennifer to consider starting a brigade for the ladies and in 2013 planning for the first event began.
The WHB is a volunteer-led organization run by a Board of Directors/Event Planning Team. We will be forever indebited to our organizational leaders for generously volunteering their time.
2020 Board of Directors
Jennifer Newman - President/Founder
Annette Bliss - Music Coordinator
Cathy Flynn - Communications Coordinator
Darlene Reach - Event Weekend Coordinator
Melody Templeton - Registration Coordinator
Sally Burton - Financial Coordinator
Can I buy logo merchandise to show off my participation?
You sure can! In addition to apparel items available from Gold Medal Ideas, we've got a new webstore for cups, totes, part shirts and more at https://womens-harmony-brigade.my-online.store/
Registration is not finalized until payment is received. Payments must be made at the time of registration via credit card.
Withdrawal from the event must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Withdrawals that occur prior to music being distributed will result in a full refund. Withdrawals that occur after music is distributed but no less than 75 days prior to the event will result in a 50% refund. Withdrawals that occur within 74 days of the event will result in no refund.
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