Don Salz, Chairman - Chapter Support and Leadership Training (CSLT)
You may have noticed that Harmony College West will not be held this summer. Our big news is that the Learning Academy and Harmony College West will be combined and held January, 23-25, 2015 at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson [SE Las Vegas], NV. Holding Learning Academy for three weekends in November was quite time consuming for some instructors and leaders who needed to be there more than one weekend. November is also a busy time for those preparing for the holidays. You can expect some top names in barbershop for HCW-LA classes. Note: Sunset Station allows for going from parking to registration, to rooms, to the classes, and even to one of the restaurants, without having to walk through the casino. Food is exceptionally inexpensive for a hotel.
2015 Chapter Officers: Having just one event ensures you will get the top instructor for your learning area. Covering costs of new chapter officers is a legitimate chapter expense. While not every chapter can afford all their expenses, all can help in some way. There will be some scholarships offered; stay tuned for those.
Directors: An emphasis this year at HCW will be honing the skills of our FWD directors and aspiring directors. Instructors will be Gold Medalists. This goes hand-in-hand with the objectives of LA, as our directors provide significant leadership to our chapters. Chapters, please, consider providing the assistance necessary for your director(s) to attend HCW. This could have a big impact on recruitment and retention of members.
Quartets: Get intensive work on your game with some of the best coaches in the barbershop world.
Choruses: Bring your whole chorus to get coaching from Gold Medalist instructors. Wow, what a retreat that would be!
Individuals: A variety of classes are taught by some of the best the society has to offer. Singing better is more fun. Broadening your musical knowledge is too. Learn to read and arrange music. Learn better singing techniques. Learn what the judges judge.
Carpooling and room sharing make for an economical way to have an incredible barbershop weekend. Cost estimates and registration info to come.
Change of subject:
Ø Fresno Harmony Platoon, FWD Fall Convention. You can go to www.harmonyplatoon.org for registration info for the next of these great events. More quartetting = better chapters and choruses.