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. 

Both of these scores surpass all but one of the previous winning scores in the 60 year history of the organization. The record still belongs to the Village Vocal Chords from their 2005 gold medal performance that scored 1509 points for an 83.8%.

A Cappella Showcase started off their set with a moving rendition of "On My Own" from Les Misérables, followed by a rousing rendition of "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes." Both songs evoked physical and vocal reactions from the audience. Northern Blend similarly wowed the audience with near flawless presentations of "Pure Imagination" and "I Got Rhythm," complete with both vocal and actual gymnastics.

Rounding out the medalists were Sounds of the Seacoast in 3rd with a score of 78.5%, Village Vocal Chords earning with a 78.4%, and Atlanta Harmony Celebration! in 5th place with a 76.1%. The performance by Village Vocal Chords marks an emotional retirement of longtime director, Jeanne O'Connor, while Atlanta Harmony Celebration! moved up five places from 2018 and earned their first ever international medal.

Outside of the medals, there were many other individual record high scores from many of the competing choruses, with 73.4% being the cut off for the top ten - one of the highest top ten contests across the board.

In addition to the medals, Harmony, Inc. awards several additional honors, sponsored by Harmony, Inc. legends and supporting organizations:

Skidge Heath Memorial Award: Director of International Chorus Champions - Jordan Travis

Montreal City Voices Tait Trophy: Chorus Improvement Score by Ranking - Atlanta Harmony Celebration! (11th place to 5th place)

LABBS Trophy: Non-Medalist Highest Performance Score - Bella Nova

MacIntosh Award: Highest Ranking Non-Medalist Small Chorus (25 or less) - Bluegrass Harmony

Jerry Dunlop Memorial Award: Novice Director Highest Score in Chorus Contest - Kris Wheaton

G. Ruth Geils Memorial Award: Highest Scoring Chorus with the Least Number of Appearances on the Contest Stage - Lake Ridge Legacy Chorus

The focus today turns to the quartet finals - watch today at 1 pm on FloVoice!

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.

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

Source: BHS.org

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.