#BHSOpry Comes To A Grand Close

After nearly a week of barbershop excellence, the curtain has closed on the 2019 Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention, where singers young and old crossed the Grand Ole Opry stage, historic contests were held and thousands of people had their love of singing renewed.

The last day of action saw a strong Senior Quartet Contest with 25 quartets from the U.S., Canada and the UK compete for the gold medals. The day was full of great music and humor, which started with a Mic-Testing set from the 2018 champions St. Croix Crossing.

The top honors went to DoubleDouble, a quartet out of Northern Lights Chorus in Ontario. The foursome won with a pretty unconventional parody song choice in Tom Gentry’s “Green, Green Grass of Home” and the Clay Hine chart “South” (parodied, of course), which had the Opry audience rolling with laughter.

With a score of 76.8, DoubleDouble edged out the silver medalist Let’s Sing! (NSC) by just 0.2 points. Rounding out the medalists were Hearsay (JAD) with a score of 76.2, Unfinished Business (JAD) at 75.2 and Fossil Creak at 75.5.

While scores were calculated, the audience was treated to a showcase from the AISQC Chorus and 2017 champion Party of Five, as well as a swan song from St. Croix Crossing.

After a short break for dinner, the Opry hall was filled again for the closing show, featuring performances from the top three quartets of 2018—The Hall Sisters, the All-Chapter Chorus and DoubleDouble—and awe-inspiring performances from the nearly 1,000 youth chorus singers. The evening closed with the full sound of The Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road” sung from all corners of the hall.

While the excitement in Nashville may be over, we’re already looking ahead to Salt Lake City. Come back for more BHS coverage in July.

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. 

Harmony, Inc. Names Top Ten Quartets

The stage lit up all day Thursday in Sandusky with 31 international qualifiers in the Harmony, Inc. quartet semifinals. After seeing a parade of heavy hitters, big personalities, and lots of ringing chords, the coveted top ten were announced. These 10 quartets, plus a mic tester, will take the stage on Saturday at 12:30 pm EST for the quartet finals.

Supporting Barbershop Via Video: An Interview With BHS CMO Holly J. Kellar

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Hot Chorus Contest Coming at #HI2019Sandusky

This Friday will be a clash of the titans in Sandusky, OH as the choruses of Harmony, Inc. take the stage.

Unprecedented Quartet Contest Expected in Sandusky

With less than a week to go, the excitement surrounding the 2019 Harmony, Incorporated International Convention & Contests is palpable. The contests kick off on Thursday morning with 33 qualifying quartets expected to take the stage at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Celebrating 60 Years of Harmony, Inc.

In 1957, a significant shift of needs and ideals in the women's barbershop community led to the creation of second organization. After a struggle of meetings and debate, the Melody Belles of Rhode Island were the first chorus to officially split from Sweet Adelines, followed closely by four more choruses to pursue a different direction. These 150 women propelled the creation of what became Harmony, Incorporated.

FloSports Rebrands, Launches Android App

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AcaOpen Returns to Carnegie Hall

On October 5, top groups from around the world will head to New York City to take the stage at Carnegie Hall for the third annual International Championship for A Cappella Open, better known as the AcaOpen. The Varsity Vocals contest for all ages will welcome back the 2019 ICCA Champions, the N'Harmonics, and the 2019 ICHSA Champions, InTONEnation to compete against the Open Regional winners.

Two Nights, Two Shows, WATCH LIVE from Harmony University

   Harmony University is well underway in Nashville, TN. Students of ALL ages are actively learning and performing for the best of the best. Honing their skills in singing, performing and leadership. This week brings together barbershop singers, music educators, music students, arrangers, doctors, lawyers and MANY more from all over the world for a once in a lifetime experience. At the end of the week two amazing shows feature performances ONLY to be found at Harmony University.