October 22, 2021 — The Far Western District is proud to announce an exciting event in corporation with the Southern California Vocal Association, the Association of International Champions, and Harmony Foundation International.
On Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, five International Champion quartets will visit 15 schools in Southern California to perform, conduct clinics, and share our treasured barbershop harmony with hundreds of youth in our area. This extraordinary partnership enables us to continue our 20-year legacy of Youth in Harmony festivals and programming that has included programs like the High School Youth Festival held by the Masters of Harmony, and Richard Lund’s Northern California Youth Camp.
The stage is set for this unprecedented youth outreach initiative, and your Far Western District has pledged $5,000 in a matching funds campaign to supplement the funding provided by Harmony Foundation through the AIC Youth Outreach program. We urge you to join us by contributing to help us build our legacy to the next generation of barbershoppers. We’ll match every dollar contributed, up to $5,000.
Join us, and invest in this very special youth event!
October 8, 2021 — 2022 Midwinter/International contest qualification update
With fewer in-person contests being staged this Fall, opportunities to qualify for the 2022 International Seniors Quartet Contest have been limited. To provide widest possible access, quartets may qualify by any of three methods:
Get full details at www.barbershop.org/2022-seniors-qualification Act now: the first deadline (quartet entry online), runs from September 24– October 15, with completed videos submitted by October 29.
Invitations to the 2022 International Chorus Contest are automatically extended to all choruses who had previously qualified for 2021 Cleveland, regardless of whether they had accepted the invitation.
HOW ELSE CAN CHORUSES QUALIFY FOR CHARLOTTE 2022?
The long interruption to regular rehearsals caused by the pandemic resulted in choruses taking some time to return to their normal performing level. For this reason, the qualification score for the 2022 International Chorus Contest has been lowered to 78. This means that additional choruses to be invited include:
Look for additional communications from the Barbershop Harmony Society via email.
Get full details at www.barbershop.org/2022-qualification-process
Male, female, and mixed high school quartets in the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society are invited to compete in these annual contests. The contests are held in conjunction with the District's divisional conventions – Northern CA, Southern CA, and Arizona – in the spring of each year. A Division Champion will be crowned for each of the District's five divisions: Arizona, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest. The highest-scoring quartet from the five division contests will be named the District Champion, and a cash prize awarded to their school. Founded in 1991 by, and perpetuated in the memory of Lloyd Steinkamp, the Far Western District High School Quartet Contest continues to be fun-filled and exciting for all the participants.
* High school quartet members who are ALSO competing with a chorus or quartet in the regular BHS contest must purchase their convention registration at the COMPETITOR rate.
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** For contest & hotel location information, please see the dates and locations links above.
We will take care of the complementary convention registrations for your quartet members and one music educator or chaperone and send you your tickets via email.