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Judging Categories: Choose your depth of study

Whether you need a cursory overview or a plunge into the depths of judging, your Society Contest and Judging Committee hopes to make it easier to understand the judging system. Committee Chair Kevin Keller introduces some new ways to learn about what those judges are really looking for: Have you ever thought “what in the heck does that category actually judge?”?  Other than a brief paragraph of...
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First pre-contest prognostication in press: Gulf Coasters – Naples Daily News

Hats off to the Naple Daily News for early coverage of the 2015 Seniors Quartet Contest! The Gulf Coasters, a local barbershop quartet, won first place at the Sunshine District Competition for seniors Oct. 10-12 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Orlando. Now they’re one step closer to the final prize and unlimited bragging rights if they take home the gold at the New Orleans International Midwint...
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Championship performances free on YouTube!

See The Musical Island Boys, The Academy, and The Vocal Majority at bit.ly/bhs2014champs Bookmark this playlist on your smartphone -- it's the easiest way to show off your pride in the musicianship, vocal artistry, and pure barbershop joy of our new champs.  bit.ly/bhs2014champsAll performances are copyrighted arrangements of public domain songs, with permission granted by arrangers David Wright ...
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PM – New Zealand’s newest musical sensation crowned world champions 08/07/2014

Awesome radio interview with the champs! Move over, Crowded House and Lorde - New Zealand has a new singing sensation: the Musical Island Boys. The four singers have become the world's champion barbershop quartet, blitzing the competition in Las Vegas with their Maori and Polynesian style. This report by New Zealand correspondent Dominique Schwartz. (The Musical Island Boys perform Childhood by...
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North Texas’ Vocal Majority Chorus Wins Big At International Chorus Contest | Art&Seek

Here's a nice, brief mention of the Vocal Majority's win. We were delighted to see that this story embeds the YouTube video of the Daily Recap show. North Texas’ very own Vocal Majority Chorus has won another big competition. Over the weekend, the group won the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Las Vegas. Vocal Majority says that more than 150 of its members were on stag...
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Harmony reigns for barbershop boys | Stuff.co.nz

Now is the hour for Kiwi barbershop quartet Musical Island Boys who were judged best in the world in Las Vegas at the weekend. The foursome required a special dispensation from the International Barbershop Harmony Society rules two years ago to be allowed to compete singing in a "foreign" language. And so the Maori version of Now is the Hour was their swansong when the four, including former Pal...
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Island harmony a winner – NZ Herald News

First the unmitigated success of cheeky operatic trio Sol3Mio, and now the Musical Island Boys become a world champion barbershop quartet? From the outside, it seems like a sudden coincidence that young Polynesian people are taking the world by storm in the most Palagi-est musical forms there are. What's got into them? But the truth is, they've been darn good at this singing business for a ver...
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