The new contest season is upon us. If you want to compete (Chorus or Quartet), you must register with the Barberscore website: www.Barberscore.com
A wealth of information can be found in the FAQ and Tutorials sections of the Barberscore home page. Please read them BEFORE emailing me. ;-)
Please note that for all mixed harmony quartets competing this year at our conventions,
ALL members need to be members of the BHS in order to compete!
They need to follow the same rules as male quartets have followed for years.
Also, being members of MBHA (Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association) is still optional and
not required to compete in MAD mixed contests this year, unless you want to be considered for the international mixed contest in Germany in 2020,
in which case the quartet and all the members need to be members of MBHA.
Jun 18-21, 2020
McDaniel College - Westminster, MD Registration Cut-off Date: 6/11/2020
Often called 'The GREATEST weekend for barbershopping on the East Coast!',
Harmony College East will again be held at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Tuition is around $230, which includes a 3-night stay, 6 meals, all courses and two barbershop shows.
This is one of the super benefits that the Mid-Atlantic District brings to its members and associates.
McDaniel College is a wonderful venue with lots of areas of special interest to barbershoppers, including tag singing areas, social spaces, beautiful auditoriums, and even microwave/fridges in the living quarters.
We bring in the top vocal and performance coaches across the US and Canada, and provide
classes and coaching for individual singers, quartets,choruses and also directors and prospective directors.
The school starts on Thursday evening with a general session at 7:00 pm. Classes start at 8:00 pm. Quartets will get their coaching 'grids' when they register at the school.
The school supplies sheets, pillow, blanket, towel, and face cloth as part of the linen purchase. It is suggested, however, that you bring a drinking cup and bar of soap.
In addition to our usual evening shows, we have some terrific activities of interest to all singers.
Show up early to the show on Friday night at 7:00 and enjoy the MASS TAG SING, directed by Brian O'Dell, the dynamic bass singer of the gold medal quartet Forefront. 200+ voices will make these tags sound wonderful.
Show up early to the show on Saturday night at 7:00 and enjoy a MASS SING. This will be directed by none other than M-AD's own Joe Cerutti. And Joe won't limit the songs to just those in the Polecat book -- lots of old favorites.
Chorus Evaluations (20 minutes per category) at all Contests are COACHING Sessions.
ALL CHORUS MEMBERS are expected to participate.
Afterwards, competitors will receive a feedback-form to evaluate coaching effectiveness and
give recommendations for improving the C&J portion of our conventions.
Chapter Presidents, if your Chapter BOTY is not in this list, YOU can add them!
Youth In Harmony Outreach Guidelines
Many of our chapters, quartets and choruses are
eager to engage music educators to get involved in a barbershop outreach program at their local schools. This is a good thing! That said, it's
critical to the success of our outreach efforts that we always leave the music educator with the best possible impression of the barbershop
art form and how it can enhance/augment the teacher's music education program.
The MAD Marketing Team has created a Marketing Toolbox for Chapters & Quartets to use to promote your group.
MAD Chorus Plateau Definitions
Chorus plateau categories are based on the average percentile results from the two previous contests in which the chorus was entered.
70% and above
60 - 69.9%
55 - 59.9%
54.9% and below.
First-time competitors will not be eligible for plateau awards,
but their initial contest score can be used to place them in their next contest.
A chorus that has not competed in any contest for more than four years will reenter the contest cycle as a Plateau A chorus.
Supercharging Your Chapter!
This program defines and capitalizes on the only two effective ways that people join barbershop
and then provides the tools to make it easy and approachable for ANY chapter to grow
and ANY member to earn get a Man of Note award, which may be the ultimate award.