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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.

Lynnell Diamond

Lynnell Diamond has been an active member of Sweet Adelines International for 35 years, and is a Certified Music Arranger and Music Judge. She is also an educator with the International Faculty and coaches choruses and quartets frequently. She has been a front-line director, a member of the International Board of Directors of SAI, and is currently the music arrangements coordinator for SAI. Her many compositions and barbershop arrangements have been performed by choruses and quartets around the world. Her website contains a sample .pdf page of many of her songs.

Tea for Two is a slow, jazzy arrangement of this standard that is based on a version sung by Jane Monheit. The website contains samples of the learning tracks by Ashley Wright. This arrangement is of medium difficulty, and is intended for shows rather than contest.

California Dreamin' would be ideal for shows featuring music of the '60s. This tune by the Beatles is not appropriate for contest. The learning tracks, which can be sampled on the website, were made by Lynda Keever, the lead of The Four Bettys. The arrangement is of medium difficulty.

Everything is a beautiful rhythmic song by Michael Buble. The rhythms in this one can be challenging, so it rates as medium to difficult. Not for contest, there are learning tracks available from Kim Kraut.

For Good is a beautiful ballad about friendship from the musical, "Wicked". Luscious modern harmony makes it a medium to challenging arrangement. Kim Kraut provides learning tracks for this not-for-contest number.

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