The Swingles, OneVoice Big Winners At 2018 CARA Ceremony

On a glamorous Sunday afternoon at The Rockwell in Somerville, Massachusetts, the best of recorded a cappella was honored at the seventh annual CARA Live Ceremony. 

For the first time ever, nominees and fans from around the world were able to watch the ceremony live online. You can catch it again here:

While many groups were honored, a few standouts took home several awards, including The Swingles, OneVoice, The Nor’Easters, and Pitch Slapped.

The Swingles won Best Folk/World Album and Best European Album for Folklore. The original track “Unmade” from Folklorewritten by Edward Randell, also won Best Folk/World Song.

OneVoice went into the weekend with ten nominations and took home Best Holiday Album (This Christmas), Best Religious Song and Best High School Song (“Sun” from Elemental), as well as runner-up for Best Religious Album (This Christmas), Best High School Album (Elemental), Best High School Solo (Katherine Ann Mohler on “Islands” from Elemental). These awards make the group the second-most honored group of the last five years, behind three-time Grammy winner Pentatonix.

Pitch Slapped’s Isaiah Thomas won Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement for “Beggin’ & Pleadin” from Complexion. The song was also runner-up for Best Mixed Collegiate Song. The full album was runner-up for Best Mixed Collegiate Album. Top honors in that category went to The Nor’Easters for COLLECTIVE (Vol. 1). Complexion did take home Best Pop Album, “Back Pocket” won Best Funk Song, and “The Way” was runner-up for Best R&B Song.

In addition to Best Mixed Collegiate Album, The Nor’Easters also won Best Holiday Song for “Carol of the Bells” and received Runner-Up for Best Classical/Traditional Song for "715 - CRΣΣKS.”

See the full list of winners on the CASA website.

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.