A Variety Of Excellence At #BHSOpry Chorus Invitationals

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They may have all been singing the same style of music, but Day Two at the BHS Midwinter Convention was anything but indistinguishable.

17 junior choruses and 6 senior choruses graced the stage at the Grand Ole Opry and it was a whirlwind of colors, smiles, and ringing chords. With eight choruses earning an overall rating of Superior, picking just one winner would have been an extremely difficult task.

Rowdy Rhythm of Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA has been a presence here in Nashville since they arrived. Their energy on stage was no different. They kicked off the day and their set with “Waving Through A Window” from Dear Evan Hanson and continued with “Cheer Up Charlie” and “Strike Up the Band/Everybody Step” dressed in high school attire to tell a beautiful story. 

NAfME Music Educator of the Year Lori Lyford led two choruses on stage with her women’s chorus, Chandler High School Treblemakers, earning a Superior rating with renditions of “Lucky Day,” “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel),” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.” The Chandler High School Men’s Choir earned a rating of Outstanding, singing “Shut De Do,” “Surfer Girl,” and ”Drivin’ Me Crazy”

Last year’s NAfME award winner, Debbie Cleveland, returned with a spectacular show again this year, themed around The Greatest Showman. With sensational harmonies and their signature impressive choreography, Hurricane of Harmony also earned a Superior rating, the Plateau AAA Award and was selected as Audience Favorite, earning a performance spot in the Saturday Night Show.

A CAPPELLA! out of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD received the Plateau AA Award and Upbeat! From Lopez Early College High School received the Plateau A Award. The evening’s emcee, Brian Newhouse, awarded the Wildcat Chord Ringers from New Jersey the Presenter’s Award for their bayou-themed set full of costume changes, dance moves, and personality for miles.

On the Senior side, both Dixie District Seniors Chorus and the Carolina Statesmen earned Superior ratings. Under the direction of Jimmy Thompkins, the Dixie District Seniors Chorus was named the International Seniors Chorus Festival Champion.

The excitement from Nashville continues today as the Senior Quartet Contest kicks off at 11 am CST and the Convention closes out with the Saturday Night Show at 7:30 pm, all from the Grand Ole Opry. Don’t miss a minute – you can see it all LIVE right here on FloVoice.

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.