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The Musical Island Boys on Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand coverage! Wellington based barbershop quartet The Musical Island Boys were named the International Quartet Champions at the 76th Annual Barbershop Harmony Society Convention in Las Vegas over the weekend. The group is only the second quartet from outside the United States to have won the title. The quartet have just arrived home in Wellington. via The Musical Island Boys | Aftern...
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Judges standing by to help keep you in the zone

With a whole new world of social media, modes of communication continue to expand. Our ability to reach out to anyone quickly is becoming easier and easier. Contest & Judging (C&J) recognizes that there are always questions bubbling up about rules concerning contests. To that end, there are a variety of services available to answer your questions vs asking on Facebook about the latest rumo...
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2014 International Chorus Contest Order of Appearance

Exact chorus schedule to be updated as soon as it's available Vocal Revolution Southern Gateway Chorus Masters of Harmony Upstate Harmonizers Central Standard Senate-Aires zero8 Harbourtown Sound Vocal Evolution Saltaires Sound of Illinois Voices in Harmony New Tradition THX Houston Tidelanders Entertainmen Voices of Gotham Voices of California Palmetto Vocal Project Men of ...
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World Mixed Championships to be sponsored by BinG! Barbershop in Germany

    BinG! Barbershop in Germany has announced its World Mixed Championships, to be held March 7-9 2014 in Dortmund. Mixed barbershop opens exciting new opportunities and perspectives to barbershop as a modern, living style of music. It promotes barbershop and makes it even more interesting to singers of all age groups. In the event that a country (e.g. U.S. and Canada)  has no repre...
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Place your bid for the Best Seat In The House

Most Barbershoppers think they can score contests as well as the judges. Now you can prove it -- from the vantage point of the judging area itself! This Fall, Harmony Foundation and the Contest & Judging program are teaming up to auction off a single seat at each & every contest session, including Division, District, Prelims and International. So if you’ve ever wanted to test out your ju...
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New “instant replay” rule in effect for Fall 2013 contests

A "scoring variance" is defined as when at least one judge awards a song with a score that is significantly higher or lower than the other scores from the panel. Judges have long discussed these variances in the days and weeks following a contest; since early 2012, the Society's Contest & Judging (C&J) Committee has been looking at methods to address significant scoring differences (vari...
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What the Music judges discussed at Category School

NOTE: Every three years, all Society judges and candidate judges wishing to certify are required to attend Category School. Held during the three days prior to Harmony University, judges and judging candidates receive instruction and testing; they also officially acquire, maintain or lose their certification. Category School is also the point in which any formal tweaks to the scoring or interpreta...
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What the Singing judges discussed at Category School

Every three years, all Society judges and candidate judges wishing to certify are required to attend Category School. Held during the three days prior to Harmony University, judges and judging candidates receive instruction and testing; they also officially acquire, maintain or lose their certification.   Category School is also the point in which any formal tweaks to the scoring or interpretatio...
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