logo div5MESA, Ariz., April 22 — Five choruses competed in the Arizona Division Chorus Contest held at Mesa High School this evening, with FOUR qualifying for the Fall Contest in Bakersfield.  Or put another way, 80% of them men who were on stage tonight will be going to Bakersfield for the big show.

Here are the results:

District Qualifiers

  1. Salt River Valley - A Cappella Syndicate (934 - 77.8)
  2. Mesa - East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers (857 - 71.4)
  3. Greater Phoenix - Phoenicians (843 - 70.3)
  4. Tucson - Tucson Barbershop Experience (770 - 64.2)

Arizona Division Champions

  • Most Improved Chorus: No competitor met the "most improved" criteria.
  • Plateau A Champions: Mesa
  • Plateau AA Champions: Tucson
  • Plateau AAA Champions: Salt River Valley
  • Division Champions: Salt River Valley

Scoring Summaries


logo cactus quartetMESA, Ariz., April 22 — The Arizona Division Quartet Contest featured twelve of Arizona's finest. For the last several years, Arizona has led the District in the number of quartets it sends to the Distict Fall Contest, and this year is no exception, with SEVEN quartets qualifying for Bakersfield this coming October.

Here are the results:

Disitrict Qualifiers

  1. Suit Up! (940 - 78.3%)
  2. Hot Spot (893 - 74.4%)
  3. Renaissance (885 - 73.8%)
  4. Whoop 'Em Up (845 - 70.4%)
  5. Scoop 'Em Up (831.69.3%)
  6. Heatwave (823 - 68.6%)
  7. Intonation (821 - 68.4%)

Arizona Division Champions

  • Novice Champions: Scoop 'Em Up
  • Senior Champions: Renaissance
  • Division Champions: Suit Up!

Scoring Summaries

PHOENIX, Ariz, March 28, 2016 — Salt River Valley was officially chartered as a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Following approval by the Far Western Dostrict Board of Directors at the Spring 2016 Meeting, the chapter was signed and filed with the Society.  The official notice came earlier today.

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Salt River Valley becomes the 12th chapter in the Arizona Divison.

The Far Western District and the Arizona Division welcome D125 Salt River Valley Chapter as their newest chapter, and wish them a great success.

2016 03 28 AZ SaltRiverValley

PHOENIX, Ariz, April 28, 2016 — Danny Ryan was selected as the new musical director of the Greater Phoenx Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. 

2015 03 28 AZ DannyRyanDanny started his barbershop career right here in the Greater Phoenix Chapter. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) at age 11, singing with the Phoenicians. He has competed nine times in the BHS International chorus contest winning a gold medal with the Westminster Chorus in 2007.

Danny started singing in a quartet, After Hours, with his dad, Dan Ryan, Sr., at age 16. He then branched out on his own, continuing to sing baritone with quartets such as, Rhythm & Rhapsody, Legacy, Impact, Xtream and singing lead in a collegiate quartet TAGTEAM, placing 8th in the BHS International College quartet contest. His quartet, Vocal Edition was the 2013-2014 AZ Division Quartet Champions, The 2013 Far Western District Quartet Silver Medalists and the 2014 FWD Bronze Medalists. They also placed 25th at the 2014 BHS International Quartet Contest. His most recent quartet, Suit Up, won the 2015 AZ Division Quartet Championship.

Danny lives in Phoenix with wife (Quisha) and three children (Christian, Cadence and Cailey).

The Greater Phoenix Chapter was founded in 1943 and features the Phoenix Chorus and numerous barbershop quartets in the Phoenix area.

More information at spiritofphoenix.org

logo div5The Arizona Division is "Division 5" of the Far Western District Association of Chapters.  For many years it was known as the Arizona, Southern Nevada, Southern Utah Division (AZSoNVSoUT) when it included regions of Nevada and Utah, but in recent years those regions were moved over to the Southeast Division.  Nowadays, unlike the other divisions, whose areas are defined by various counties and latitudes, the geographical area of the Arizona Division is simple — The State of Arizona — and it's acronym was equally simplified: AZ.

The first chapter to be chartered was the Phoenix Saguaro Chapter (D-002) in March 1943 — three and a half years before the Far Western District came into being. Phoenix also held the first "Parade of Quartets" in the West on May 21, 1943. The chapter was later renamed the Greater Phoenix Chapter for a variety of reasons, including the fact that many Emcees had trouble pronouncing "saguaro."

The Arizona Division holds a convention in the spring, with competitions held for choruses and quartets from the chapters within the Division. Those contestants scoring enough points qualify to compete in the District Contests in the fall.

Another popular event is the annual "Summer Bash" held each August.  Friday night features a parade of quartets, with proceeds going to support high school music programs within the division.  Saturday morning bursts into action with the annual "Desert Knights Memorial Golf Tournament." The afternoon offers an opportunity to learn and sing new tags. Saturday evening features a buffet banquet and entertainment kicking off with a "Luck of the Draw" quartet contest, followed by a Novice Quartet contest and Chapter "VLQ" (Very Large Quartet) contest. It's a great weekend of fun and singing.