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Twice each month a different Barbershop arranger will be featured, along with 3-4 of his/her recent works. One of them might be great for your chorus or quartet.

Nancy Bergman

Nancy Bergman, Master Arranger, is one of the most respected Sweet Adelines arrangers of all time. She's been arranging for almost 60 years, and is still active in the craft, not only arranging but directing and teaching regional arrangers' workshops. Nancy has hundreds of arrangements to her credit, mostly for the ladies, but some for men. And she keeps releasing new ones. Nancy's extensive catalog can be viewed at

No Greater Love is a new contest ballad. It was written in 1936 and became a Billie Holliday favorite. It's not real easy, and it's rangy for the lead (low A up to D). But it has a memorable melody and a powerful key change going into the last strain. It could be dynamite for the right group.

Let's Talk About My Sweetie / Yes Sir, That's My Baby is a refreshing new contest uptune. It's fairly easy with fun lyrics and a driving rhythm. This is one of Nancy's favorites.

Release Me is one for the men. It's the country ballad made famous by Englebert Humperdink in 1967. This arrangement is quite easy, with just one simple key change, and can be done with success by smaller choruses (although you might want to throw in a "just kidding" somewhere for the wives).

This Is My Night is an original ballad by Nancy for the ladies. This triumphant song puts the singers into the role of someone auditioning for a Broadway show, who knows she's going to get the part because it's perfect for her. Those who have sung Nancy's originals (like Bandstand In Central Park) know that they can pack a wallop. This one is no different. It's not easy, but it's a great chance to let your flair for the dramatic come alive.

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