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.

Under the initial leadership of Peggy Rigby, Joanne Willett, and Joan Stockwell Chapman, a new home for barbershop was provided for women looking for a different structure and policy in a more diverse space in February 1959. Over the last 60 years, Harmony, Inc. has operated under the mission of "empowering all women through education, friendship, and singing."

And now, in conjunction with this milestone anniversary, Harmony, Inc. is working towards their current mission of "Harmony. Stronger." After meeting the goals of their 5-year plan "Harmony Strong 2020" ahead of schedule, the International Board of Directors set their sights higher with "Harmony. Stronger." in September of 2018. The organization is working towards full expansion across North America, being the premier provider of a rewarding contest experience for women, offering lifelong musical education, investing in an operational structure that ensures growth, and garnering respect from and for musicians of all genres. 

Harmony, Inc. will convene in Sandusky, Ohio for their annual International Contest and Convention, highlighting the best talent of the organization in quartet and chorus contests November 7-9th. 33 quartets and 28 choruses will leave their best on the stage across four contest sessions. Meetings and educational sessions, as well as celebratory sisterhood events will take place throughout the convention from November 6-10th.

Friday, November 8th, the Parade of Champions featuring an evening of performances by past Harmony Queens and tributes to champion quartets celebrating milestone anniversaries. The evening will also celebrate the 2018 quartet champions, Aged to Perfection, who will receive their permanent crowns. Champion quartets Taken for Granite, LiveWire, Spot On, Change of Heart, and For Heaven's Sake will take the stage in song.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pinkertones, an Area 2 quartet comprised of Therese Cote, Julie Beals, Linda Delmolino, and Eileen Campbell. Espirit De Corps, Spirit of Harmony, Black Magic, Soundwave, and Showcase will also be honored for anniversaries.

If you can't join the celebration in person, FloVoice will bring the excitement to you! Watch all of the contests and concerts right here starting with the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:30 pm Eastern Time.

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.

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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.