Jun 15-18, 2017
McDaniel College - Westminster, MD
Often called “The GREATEST weekend for barbershopping on the East Coast!”,
this year, Harmony College East will be held at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Tuition is around $200, which includes a 3-night stay, 6 meals, all courses and two barbershop shows.
This is one of the ‘secret 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 Bill Stauffer, the dynamic director of the Voices of Gotham. 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 our own Joe Cerutti. And Steve won't limit the songs to just those -- lots of old favorites.
This year, the Mid-Atlantic District will host FOUR competitions during our Spring Convention.
The International Quartet Prelims (as usual), the Senior Quartet Competition,
the second annual Mixed Harmony Quartet Festival, and
the Youth In Harmony Adjudications! .
Registration deadline for Mixed Quartets is midnight, Friday, February 24, 2017.
Non-MAD quartet entries will be added to the "wait list" and will be notified of acceptance after March 10, 2017.
All quartet entries will be added on a first-come, first-served basis.
Early-bird Event Registrations expire ONE MONTH prior to the contest.
Spring Convention & Youth Adjudication / Prelims early-bird expiration: Mar 3rd
Northern Division early-bird expiration: May 2nd
Central Division early-bird expiration: Mar 28th
Southern Division early-bird expiration: Apr 26th
Fall District early-bird expiration is: Aug 15th
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.
Youth In Harmony Outreach Guidelines
Back-to-school is just around the corner within the M-AD (and has already occurred in some jurisdictions), and 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.