Music For All Wraps Up National Festival With A Bang

After a long weekend of over 70 performances, the Music for All National Festival has come to a close. Each performing group in Indianapolis was able to have a stellar opportunity to showcase its skills on a national level among its peers. 

Students and their educators were also able to receive feedback on their performances from some of the best clinicians in their discipline. Each ensemble was selected via blind audition tape by clinicians as one of the best in its discipline for participation in this festival. 

Unlike some of Music for All’s other events, the National Festival is non-competitive. The non-competitive nature of the event allows educators to make bolder choices with the works they select to perform and to challenge their students in a way that the competitive arena may stifle. Students are also encouraged to attend the performances of their peers and to learn and encourage their fellow students. 

Over the course of the weekend we saw performances as parts of the following areas of the Music for All National Festival: National Concert Band Festival, Middle School National Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Festival, Orchestra America Festival, Chamber Music Festival, and the National Choir Festival, which was added for the first time this season.

Outside of their performances, students also had the opportunity to attend clinics in their respective disciplines with their clinicians to receive more hands-on and direct education on how to handle their own instruments and performances. 

Additionally, exceptional students were recognized at an awards gala prior to a social, allowing students to congratulate each other on a job well done. 

Congratulations to all performing ensembles and musicians on an excellent weekend! 

2020 #BHSJAX Recap

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After an exciting convention, new champions were named and BHS looks ahead to the International Convention in LA this July.

Hearsay Named Senior Quartet Champions

After an exciting day of contest, the Barbershop Harmony Society named Hearsay the 2020 International Senior Quartet Champions. 

A Joyful Noise at #BHSJAX

From Disney, to The Beatles, to barbershop classics, the youngest and oldest talent of the Barbershop Harmony Society shared the stage at the Florida Theatre in a marathon of chorus performances today at the BHS Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville.

Historic Day 1 at #BHSJAX

Day One at the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville started off the weekend strong with education, the Keynote Address, the 2nd ever NextGen Junior Quartet Contest, and a Champion-packed Opening Night Showcase.

The Future of Barbershop Shines at #BHSJAX

The teens of BHS took the stage as the NextGen Junior Quartet Contest enters its second year.

Debbie Cleveland Delivers Keynote About "The Families We Choose"

Ahead of the first contest at BHS Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville, Debbie Cleveland delivered the Keynote.

Chords Will Ring in Jacksonville

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Pre-convention activities are underway in Jacksonville ahead of a sold out Midwinter Convention for the Barbershop Harmony Society.

2019: A Year in Review

2019 was full of aca-happenings. Here are some of the notable moments in the last year of vocal music.

Hot Pursuit Crowned 2019 Harmony Queens

It was a strong afternoon of singing at the Harmony, Inc. Quartet Finals, where Hot Pursuit was named the 2019 Harmony Queens. Scoring an 81.5%, Hot Pursuit now joins the welcome company of the Association of Harmony Queens.

Record Breaking Chorus Contest at Harmony, Inc.

With a score of 83.7% (1507) A Cappella Showcase took home their third gold medal at the 2019 Harmony, Inc. IC&C with the second highest chorus score ever. As expected, the chorus contest was exciting and hotly contested with runners-up Northern Blend finishing just 7 points behind A Cappella Showcase with an 83.3% (1500). It was the first time Harmony, Inc. saw not one, but two scores above an 83% in the same contest.