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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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What the Presentation 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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Contest Entry — Time to get your act together

As fall contest season approaches, it's good to start taking care of a few administrative  tasks now, to avoid any last-minute surprises. Remember these important details: Your quartet must be an officially registered Society quartet.  If you haven't yet paid for the registration or renewal of your quartet, you'll need to do this before beginning the contest entry process.  Call 800-876-7464 if...
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Small vs Large Chorus Competitions

Another from John Wabel   I have repeatedly asked that the society define and split the international/district competitions into a small chorus competition and a large chorus competition. I am in a small chorus and we don't even want to go to the district competition any more. There is no way we can compete with the large choruses. They tell me we can't change the district competition rules...
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