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From Al Spence

 

I’m puzzled by the scores awarded to the Salem chorus.  I thought C & J was trying to enforce a cutting-down of the amount of talking in a contest set.  This set lasted approximately 25 minutes, most of which was talking.  This is supposed to be a contest, not a chapter show.  Did they actually sing a complete barbershop arrangement?  I totally lost track with all of their breaks to say a bunch of “ughs”.  Did their so-called parodies receive all of the required authorizations?  I was shocked to see them awarded 5th place medals!  What would happen if every chorus in the contest did 25 minute sets with that much talking?  The contest with breaks and intermissions would last about 20 hours!!  Could you please explain why the judges didn’t disqualify them?

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