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!
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)
Region 21 has been at the forefront of arranger training since the founding of the Region 21 Arranger’s Development Program in 1995. The program developed into a well-established training ground in Region 21 and was recognized by other regions. This set the stage for a continuing program that thrives today after 22 years. Very few regions, if any, can boast of this high level of success and dedication to mentoring beginning and intermediate arrangers.
A number of years ago, two aspiring arrangers from Region 11 who were trained in our program and subsequently earned an IMAP Scholarship, joined the Region 21 ADP staff. After many successful retreats, it became evident that this well-oiled bi-regional staff was a keeper. It had consistently cultivated arranger growth in both regions while encouraging the inclusion of arrangers from many locales including Japan, South Carolina, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado to name a few.
The bi-regional staff of the Region 21 ADP in 2016 consisted of Anna Maria Parker, Coordinator, and the following staff members:
- Nancy Bergman, MMA
- Joan Adler, CMA (Region 11)
- Anita Barzilla, CMA
- Joan D’Agostino, CMA (Region 11)
- Suzy Lobaugh, CMA
These Certified Arrangers merged their arranging talents forming the SouthWest Arranger Development Program (SWADP). It was specifically created to oversee the annual retreats for Regions 11 and 21 and function jointly with RMT’s and EDC’s from both regions.
If you have burning questions about how music theory and chord progressions pertain to Barbershop music, how to put Barbershop chords on paper by hand or using computer notation, how to set up a ringing chord…this seminar is for you! Coming together with people of “like minds” is truly exhilarating as classes specifically designed for beginning and intermediate students are presented.
Click here for information about the 2018 SWADP Retreat
We welcome you to attend and experience two days of student friendly classes at this first ever SWADP Retreat.
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.