Statement on the Barbershop Harmony Society’s recent membership changes

Statement on the Barbershop Harmony Society’s recent membership changes
Type of post: News
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Posted By: Dan Millgate
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Dear colleagues

Many of you may have seen the Barbershop Harmony Society’s (BHS’s) recent statement on the future of membership within BHS, in particular the opening of membership to all. If you haven’t yet seen it, you can view it HERE.

Your Barbershop Harmony Australia leadership team has watched with interest the reaction and debate within the United States barbershop community and its aligned associations, as people come to terms with what this might mean for the future of their associations, clubs and members.

It’s important to note that the BHS made the decision about its membership without consultation with the BHA National Council, so it is fair to say that we were unaware of the decision, nor that such an announcement would be made. As a result, the full implications of the BHS decision are not yet known, nor fully understood.

In the coming months, the BHS will be developing and sharing materials and more specific information, so you can expect a series of updates throughout the remainder of the year via email and on the BHS website. In the meantime, your BHA National Council will watch with interest as the full picture unfolds and keep you updated.

We recognise that many of our own members may have questions and perspectives about the BHS announcement, and we are committed to fully exploring those views as we build our understanding of the implications and how we may need to respond for the future.

The next BHA National Council teleconference is scheduled for 2 July 2018, and this will be an item for further discussion. If you have any questions or perspectives, you can send them through your Regional Chair or via email to

In the meantime, we view this discussion as important to our ongoing consultation on our new Strategic Vison as we focus on building Barbershop Harmony Australia to reflect the views and goals of our contemporary membership.

We want to hear from all of you, as we strive to create an environment that helps all of us enjoy our singing more, and every single voice is important to us. This is your Association, and your opinion counts! Make sure you take the opportunity to play your part by visiting our BHA webpage HERE and sending me your specific comments.

In harmony,

Dan Millgate