Golden Midwinter for One Foot in the Stave
Jan 18, 2022Rod Butcher, Brian Schofield, Pete Nugent; and Andy Funnell made history at the 2022 Midwinter Convention Pasadena as One Foot in the Stave took home gold in the International Seniors Quartet Contest. One Foot in the Stave was in California as representatives of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS), making them the first senior quartet champions from outside of North America.
A Festival for the Young and Young at Heart
Jan 15, 2022BHS Director of Relationships Manager, Joe Cerutti, emceed the Chorus & Quartet Festival at Midwinter today. The event may have been scaled down in size, but not in spirit, as there was singing on and off the stage, full of excitement for the return of live singing.
An Inside Look at the Chorus & Quartet Festival with First Class
Jan 14, 2022The 2022 Midwinter Convention got fully underway yesterday with an afternoon full of classes and emotional first concert featuring the return of the barbershop convention and beautiful voices on stage and off. Kicking off today at Noon Pacific is the Midwinter Chorus and Quartet Festival and we caught up with one of the performing quartets, First Class. Tell us more about First Class. Who are you? How did you get started? First and foremost, we are a quartet comprised of barbershop diehards. We have all been enjoying this hobby for a very long time as quartet singers, chorus members, and as musical leaders. Wendy, Stacy, and Kristin sing in Vocal Standard Chorus. We are all section leaders and Stacy is the assistant director. Maria directs Song of the Lakes chorus in Region 2 and is a BHS board member. Kristin also sings in Take 4 quartet. So, we all pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe barbershop. The quartet formed in January of 2020 right before the pandemic and Maria joined our quartet family in September of 2020. We represent both Sweet Adelines (Regions 2 & 5) and BHS (Central States District). We were all looking for a new musical adventure and everything just clicked. With the top trio living in Kansas City and Maria living in Michigan, we are a long-distance quartet but the fun we have together makes it worthwhile. What made you sign up for the festival this year? We love BHS conventions! Also, the prospect of singing for real live people was very appealing. We love the idea of participating in a festival and value the opportunity to gain feedback to help us improve as an ensemble. How has your preparation been? Any tips on COVID creativity? Being a long-distance quartet that formed during a pandemic has absolutely forced us to get creative. We have rehearsed on Jamulus, had quartet masked rehearsals (we even recorded our holiday music video masked), had trio rehearsals in KC with Maria zooming in. I think our main tip for COVID creativity is to say that a lot of things can be accomplished virtually: business/planning meetings, talking interp, Jamulus rehearsals etc. If your quartet is not comfortable meeting in person there are still ways to make progress. What are you most looking forward to in Pasadena? We are honestly most looking forward to the joy of the live barbershop experience. We can’t wait to hear some of our favorite barbershop ensembles and to be able to share our musical product with others. This will be our second time performing for a live audience. We’re looking at Midwinter as a great opportunity to bond as a quartet, see old friends, meet new ones, support all of the performers and of course…sing. For live people. Did we mention we’re excited about that?! What else do you have planned for 2022
Manoj Padki Welcomes You to the Tag Zone
Jan 11, 2022So what do you do if you want to sing at a barbershop convention but your group's not on stage?
A Past, Present, and Future Celebration in Pasadena
Jan 6, 2022The end of the pandemic isn’t quite upon us, but it’s time to start dipping our toes back into live barbershop! With several successful District events in the fall and thorough safety protocols in place, the Barbershop Harmony Society will convene in Pasadena for its first major convention since January of 2020. This year’s Midwinter Convention will take place January 13-16, 2022 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The even will include nightly shows, the International Senior Quartet Contest, Harmony University classes, and the Chorus and Quartet Festival. While things may look and feel a little bit different this year, the excitement level is higher than ever.
2020 #BHSJAX Recap
Jan 14, 2020After an exciting convention, new champions were named and BHS looks ahead to the International Convention in LA this July.
Hearsay Named Senior Quartet Champions
Jan 11, 2020After an exciting day of contest, the Barbershop Harmony Society named Hearsay the 2020 International Senior Quartet Champions.
A Joyful Noise at #BHSJAX
Jan 11, 2020From 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
Jan 10, 2020Day 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
Jan 9, 2020The 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"
Jan 9, 2020Ahead of the first contest at BHS Midwinter Convention in Jacksonville, Debbie Cleveland delivered the Keynote.
Chords Will Ring in Jacksonville
Jan 6, 2020Pre-convention activities are underway in Jacksonville ahead of a sold out Midwinter Convention for the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Supporting Barbershop Via Video: An Interview With BHS CMO Holly J. Kellar
Nov 8, 2019Source: BHS.org