2017 norcal noviceHere are the results from the 2017 NorCal Novice Quartet Contest held in Walnut Creek earlier today.

  • Western Harmonics is the NorCal Novice Quartet Champion
  • Extravaganza! is the NorCal High School Quartet Champion
  • Four-te is the NorCal Mixed Harmony Quartet Champion

Scoring summary

pdf 2017 NorCal Novice, Quartet Finals (8 KB)

Special thanks to Chuck Leavett, Paul Engel, Jamie Bedford, and Ray Rhymer for judging the event.


San Francisco has a vibrant choral community.
We wanted barbershop to be a part of it.

The Fog City Singers were founded in October 2015 by six members of the Bay Area choral and barbershop communities. They had a simple question: what would happen if barbershop music were infused with influences from San Francisco’s rich musical tapestry? Specifically, what might Barbershop have to gain from the diverse music singing all around the city? Likewise, what might others learn from the techniques and traditions that barbershoppers cultivate in that unique American art form?

To explore these ideas, our founders invited 25 of the best singers they knew to memorize four songs at home, attend three rehearsals, then perform a friends-and-family concert immediately following the third meeting. In the end, we were pleased to discover that this was a winning strategy. The music gelled instantly, and the sound we produced was one that none of us had expected. For some of us, we were moved to unabashed tears of excitement.

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