Arrangers Development Program

Arrangers Development Program

Would you like to become a barbershop arranger? Are you already an arranger but would like to hone your skills? Region 21 has a world-class Arrangers Development Program and you are invited to participate!

If you need further information or would like to register to participate, please contact Anna Maria Parker, Chair of the Region 21 Arranger Development Program at


The Region 21 Arrangers Development Program is dedicated to the following efforts:

  • To identify and encourage members who are interested in arranging barbershop music
  • To educate aspiring arrangers
  • To increase the number of creative, knowledgeable arrangers in Region 21 who will train and mentor future aspiring arrangers;
  • To provide a foundation for future candidates to qualify for acceptance in the International Music Arrangers Program (IMAP)

Activities and Events

The ADP holds many events throughout the calendar year


AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE COORDINATOR: Please e-mail Anna Maria Parker at right away letting her know if you are planning to attend the retreat this year. She needs a head count even before you actually register. Thank you!

June 10-12, 2016


TEL: 520-721-5600 FAX: 520-721-5696


  • $85 for entire weekend
  • $60 for Saturday only

Your lunch on Saturday will be provided as part of your registration fee. Payment information is on the registration form (the last page of the information packet).


  • Nancy Bergman, MMA
  • Joan Adler, CMA
  • Anita Barzilla, CMA
  • Joan D’Agostino, CMA
  • Suzy Lobaugh, CMA
  • Anna Maria Parker, CMA

HOTEL LINK: The ADP Retreat will be returning to the Tucson Hilton East. The hotel will honor last year’s prices even though they have increased their rates. Anna Maria Parker will send the room information and link for reservations to those who have RSVP’d for the event once it is available from the hotel.


  • Any new arrangement or partial arrangement you’ve put on paper
  • Keyboard if you’re driving. We’ll have 6 on loan to use.
  • Batteries for keyboard
  • Headphones
  • Manuscript paper
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Enthusiasm

MENTORING FOR ARRANGING and/or MUSIC SOFTWARE: We will have a room available beginning Thursday evening, June 9th, and continuing Friday morning, June 10th, with a certified arranger for an arrangement mentoring session. Or you can set up Finale or other manuscript software sessions beginning Friday morning, June 10th, in the Lobby with Anita Barzilla.

To set up a music software session, please send an email to Anita at now to let her know you are interested and tell her 1) your software program and 2) your computer information. You will need your laptop with software program to participate in your one-on-one mentoring session for music software. Come prepared with your questions and examples. If you don’t have software or a laptop, but need help with manuscript issues, bring your latest work for a critiquing consult session. Manuscript sessions can be one-on-one or with a buddy.

Be sure to set up mentoring appointments ahead of time. Email addresses to set up your appointments for the certified arrangers on staff are as follows (remove spaces and replace AT with @):

  • Nancy Bergman: nancybmusic ATaol. com
  • Joan Adler: tenorhoagie ATmsn. com
  • Anita Barzilla: abarzilla ATcox. net
  • Joan D’Agostino: chemspan2 ATverizon. net
  • Suzy Lobaugh: slmusic ATcableone. net
  • Anna Maria Parker: bbsarranger ATmac. com

CLASSES: We are in the process of developing our classes and agenda, which will include, among others, composition and more arranging of the song we chose last year. We’ll send out a draft Agenda to those who have indicated they’re attending when it’s ready. Final Agendas will be distributed at the retreat – we’re forever making last minute tweaks!

SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER: This dinner is not included in the registration fee. We’re having dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. Here is a link to the dinner menu:

SATURDAY NIGHT WRAP-UP: This year we will have our wrap-up at the hotel after dinner on Saturday evening. We will discuss the pros and cons of what happened Friday and Saturday and get ideas for future ADP events. As always, we will have sheet music available for review for future arranging projects.

SUNDAY MORNING STAFF MEETING: The meeting will be held at Anna’s home and a light lunch will be provided.


The workshop is held the Friday of Summer Seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is usually a group project sent out ahead of time which is discussed, with an eye toward (1) knowing the eleven chords used in Barbershop arrangements; (2) voicing those chords as appropriate for the song; (3) insuring that the vocal lines for every voice part are singable; (4) creating embellishments to add interest and “move the song along;” and (5) developing a contestable performance vehicle.

Recipe for a Ringing Chord

12 Overtones, a good variety
1 Circle of Fifths, well drained
11 Chords, properly inverted
1 Melody, singable
Dollop of Desire to Learn


The ADP offers one-on-one instruction with experts.

The ADP’s mentoring program may be the perfect solution for you to begin or keep arranging on YOUR schedule. Region 21’s ADP has instituted the option for you to enroll in our mentoring program. For a fee of $80 for 12 hours, or $40 for 6 hours of instruction, you will be assigned a mentor (a certified arranger) who will work with you one-on-one, on your schedule, at your level, at a time and place to be determined between you and your mentor. We’ve found that people learn best when they have individual attention and their personal level is directly addressed and their questions answered. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make real progress with this creative endeavor in which we’re all interested! If you would like to enroll in the mentoring program, just contact the ADP Coordinator Anna Maria Parker and she’ll send you the enrollment form:

Tin Pan Alley

The Region 21 Arrangers Development Program (ADP) is producing not only arrangers, but singable music that needs to be sung and introduced to our members. We developed our “Tin Pan Alley” to display that music at educational events. At our display table you will find notebooks containing new arrangements completed by the ADP in our workshops as well as songs arranged by our own members. Both competition and show music are available. We usually have a keyboard available (with earphones) for you to play through music, CDs of some of the songs, and lots of good information for you. Stop by at the next event.

We also have quartets singing some of these songs at the beginning of classes, at our display area, and wherever else they would like to sing and can gather a few folks to listen. This is a win-win-win opportunity for everyone involved – our music gets sung, the quartets get exposure (and FREE music!) and our members hear arrangements that are available for their quartets and/or choruses.

Your quartet is invited to participate. After you contact us we will send you a list of available songs and you can choose what you would like to learn and present. This takes a bit of time because we sometimes send music back and forth, so a speedy decision would be a good idea.

Another idea for you to consider is having at least one of your members participate in the activities of the Region 21 ADP. You can learn many, many things about our music that can help your chorus and/or quartet to learn and sing all of your music better. We teach about music selection for your particular group, chords and how they work together to produce the sound we want to hear, interpreting what a song is all about and how to get the best out of it, and much more. You can learn what works and what doesn’t, and how to fix it! For more detail see the “Activities and Events” section above.

katshaverEd – ADP